Adventure race continues to thrive

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Invercargill resident Ignacio Sande waits for his three team members at the Bluff transition point ahead of the second leg of the Maxis Projects 6+6 Adventure Race in October.

ADVENTURE racing continues to grow and the Maxis Projects 6+6 Adventure Race, based in Invercargill, is an example of the trend.

This year’s race, on April 24 and 25, was fully subscribed in less than 12 hours, with 45 teams of four entered, plus a waiting list.

Based at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, the race was a two-day multisport event for teams of four male, female or mixed a six-hour stage each day. It was an entry level event, for corporate teams to school pupils and consisted of mountainbiking, trekking, orienteering and kayaking.

Maxis Projects managing director Nick Hamlin said this year marked five years of the race.

“It will take place over Anzac weekend with a special memorial service to be held on the Sunday morning before leg two starts.

The key parties involved were the Southland Tri Club and the naming sponsor, Maxis Projects.

“Ginge Burnett of the Tri Club and I have worked closely together over that five years to ensure we deliver an amazing event and grow our sponsors and supporters,” Hamlin said.

Burnett said the event came about after a meeting Hamlin. was keen to get in behind an event and we talked and looked for a theme we liked. We came up with the concept of overnight camping and teams of four. The 6+6 format made it suitable for new people and not too daunting with an opportunity for breaks and camping overnight with friends. We took the theme from other events and tried to make it quite social.

“Nick was keen to get in behind an event and we talked and looked for a theme we liked. We came up with the concept of overnight camping and teams of four. The 6+6 format made it suitable for new people and not too daunting with an opportunity for breaks and camping overnight with friends. We took the theme from other events and tried to make it quite social.

“The event caters for those that are quite good right through to someone new,” Burnett said.

“You are just out there doing it and other competitors don’t know how you are going. It is also about training for it and having fun together, getting off the couch. We don’t want the event to get too big. Teretonga Park has good facilities and is handy to town so is a good base. We wanted to show people cool places close to Invercargill and we have done that with places like Colac Bay and Bluff. It is great getting competitors coming south to see what we have to offer instead of us always travelling away.”

— Lindsay Beer, on behalf of the Maxis Projects 6+6 Adventure Race

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