GODZone adventure in Fiordland

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The United States team Adventure Medical Kits (from left) Rob Preston (obscured), Kyle Peter, Mari Chandler and Erik Sanders during the 2017 GODZone event in Queenstown. Photo: Alexandre Socci

TE ANAU is still buzzing after the announcement it will host one of the world’s largest adventure races next year.

The GODZone adventure race will be held from March 1-10, with Fiordland’s stunning natural
features on show to the world.

The Fiordland event has been extended from a seven-day event to 10 days.

Entries opened on June 1 and both the GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit race categories were filled in record time as teams from around the world clamoured to secure a berth in the prestigious race.

Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park. Photo: Martin Sliva

Organisers have opened the event up to 10 more teams. Entries will reopen on July 1, taking the total number of teams to 90.

Teams in the Pure event race without a support crew, while Pursuit teams have support crews with them.

Teams will navigate, trek, mountain bike, kayak, canoe and raft over a vast array of different landscapes. Other disciplines may be included at the discretion of the organisers –  teams may or may not be notified of these disciplines before the start.

The international reach of the event has attracted teams from Australia, Sweden, Japan, the
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Ecuador, Costa Rica and South Africa.

“This is the biggest-ever field in over 25 years of expedition adventure racing in New Zealand,” GODZone race director Warren Bates said.

Lake Te Anau Fiordland. Photo: Julie Walls

“Looking at the team list gives me a huge amount of excitement about what lays ahead. More internationals, more GZ Pursuit teams looking to step up to a multi-day event, and a lot more young racers ready to take up the challenge. The picture is very positive.”

GODZone has also launched a major drawcard with a minimum cash prize pool of $50,000 announced for the event.

Destination Fiordland and the Southland District Council are the official host partners of GODZone Chapter 7. Bates said the support was critical to the event’s success.

Several Fiordland athletes have been successful in obtaining places in the 2018 GODZone.

Grant Tremain and Panai Dalley, from the Department of Conservation (Doc), will team up with Jade Lilo, a Fiordland fencing contractor, and Adam Bentley, from Auckland, for the GZ
Pursuit race. Adrian Braaksma, from Doc, and Andrew Magness a pest control contractor for Doc and packraft guide, will team up with Andrew’s twin brother Jason and his wife Chelsey, from Oregon. Tara Spencer, of Te Anau, will compete with her team-mates in the GZ
Pursuit race.

For more information, go to godzoneadventure.com.

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