One of the unique attributes about GODZone is the fact that the course remains secret to the final few hours before the event starts. Teams are provided a logistics planner before the start which allows them to organise their gear and food into some kind of order. Once gear has been lodged with logistics officials, teams will have time to relax at the host location before they receive the maps and team handbook. After this time they will have a number of hours to consider their route choices and navigational strategy.
The course is generally linear and as such, it will feel like a journey for competitors from start to finish. Whilst some teams will ‘race’ their way through the wilderness, most should treat GODZone as an expedition that will provide an unrivalled sense of fulfilment should they complete the course in the time frame allowed.
Teams are given a team handbook and maps before the start. The handbook contains the location of each of the race checkpoints, transition areas, information about mandatory equipment and any cut-off points. To complete the full course teams must navigate through all the checkpoints and arrive at the finish line before the course closes. The course will be highly challenging for first time expedition racers and experienced teams alike.
It is expected that the winning team will complete the course in three to four days, with weather and other mitigating factors having some influence on the final outcome. All other teams will be permitted up to seven days to complete the course. There will be at least one mid-race cut off which will allow the slowest teams to move towards the finish in an accelerated fashion. We are keen to encourage and help as many teams as practical to reach the finish line and at the same time experience the most exciting stages.
Transitions will provide a brief respite for highly competitive teams and a well-earned and welcome break for most. These areas may allow teams the opportunity for shelter, sleep and a chance to stock up on supplies.