About Peak Adventure

Peak Adventure is Melbourne's one-stop-shop for adventure racing, kayaking, obstacle racing and multisport athletes. Whether you're an elite wanting to take on the world's best, or just a weekend warrior yearning for some more adrenalin in your life, Peak Adventure can help you achieve you goals and discover a healthier, happier, more adventurous 'you'. Led by Australia's most accomplished adventure athlete, Jarad Kohlar, the Peak Adventure team offers weekly group fitness sessions, private coaching, skills courses, training camps and adventure tours in kayaking, trail running, mountain-biking, adventure racing, obstacle racing and more. Talk to us today about how to find your own 'peak adventure.'

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Jarad Kohlar

The name Jarad Kohlar is synonymous with Australian adventure sports. With an impressive resume of race wins across numerous adventure disciplines, Jarad personifies what adventure sport is all about – tough, eclectic, fun-loving and a little bit crazy. You’d struggle to find a harder working, more passionate adventure athlete anywhere in the world.
Jarad applies his intensely competitive nature to many adventure disciplines including multisport, adventure racing, trail running, mountain biking, paddling and obstacle course racing. His athletic career has taken him all over the globe, from the Middle East and China, to Europe, the US, New Zealand and beyond.
But Jarad’s true passion lies in teaching and coaching; introducing people from all walks of life to the transformative power of the great outdoors. He constantly encourages everyday people to explore their potential, to do well in whatever they pursue and to celebrate every achievement.
He is perhaps best known for doggedly promoting and growing the sport of ocean ski paddling.


  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education/Nature Tourism

  • Diploma of Education

  • Wilderness First Aid
Level 2 First Aid

Bronze Medallion

  • Australian Professional Snowsports Instructor Level One

  • Level One Kayak Coach 

  • Sea Kayak Guide

  • White Water River Rescue 
Level 2

  •  PMBI Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1 

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James Pretto

If it’s 6am and 4 degrees, and you’re wondering why the hell you got out of bed, you can count on Coach Pretto to get you in the mood with his infectious positivity, irrepressible energy and cheeky sense of humour. In fact it’s hard to imagine James ever hitting the snooze button. He genuinely loves his training, and it’s an attitude that rubs off on everyone around him.

Since crossing over from the dark side of triathlon, under the mentorship of Jarad Kohlar, James has become a force to be reckoned with in adventure racing and multisport. He has racked up an impressive CV of results to match his master’s, with wins at the Australian Multisport Champs, M2M Multisport and the Mark Webber Challenge.

A paramedic by day (and night), James has outstanding leadership skills and a genuine rapport with everyone he coaches, from our total beginners, to our elites.



  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

  • Level 1 Kayak Coach (Canoeing Vic)

  • Level 1 Canoeing Instructor/ Guide (Canoeing Vic)

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Bronze Medallion

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Jessica Short

Jess is a passionate runner, adventurer and health-fanatic. Originally from the UK, she moved to Australia ten years ago where she discovered a true love of trail running and competing. She has since made it her goal to share her passion for the outdoors through training, social media and working with others.


Her racing resume includes titles such Lara Pinta 4 day stage race, Wonderland 20km, The Trail Running Series, the V Summer Series, top 5 in Elite Super Spartan Bright (and qualification to OCR World Championships), and a top 15 finish in the UTA50. Last year she also competed in an all female team of 6 in The Speed Project 5.0 - 550km from LA to Vegas, through the Death Valley, beating the previous female record.



  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

  • Diploma Nutrition

  • Diploma Sports Nutrition

  • Level 2 First Aid

Tarryn Neal

Taryn is a weekend warrior fitting training around a demanding work schedule. With a life-long love of the water Taryn has been a passionate stand up paddle boarder for many years, crossing over to kayaking after seeing how much fun everyone else was having at a Peak Adventure Winter Series Race.


Most weekends she can be found either kayaking, SUPing or mountain biking and finds training in the great outdoors to be the perfect antidote to a stressful working week.


Only discovering adventure racing recently Taryn is a great example of what can be achieved if you’re willing to take a little step outside your comfort zone and just give it a go!