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Meet Our Team

Putting together a world class event of this scale, distance and duration is not easy. Expedition events throw up unique challenges and when you consider how far teams and logistics can be stretched, how unpredictable the weather can be, how hard it is to provide up-to-date live coverage when teams are in the middle of nowhere, you can understand why Race Directors look so haggard before the event even begins. We wanted to get it right from the start and that meant finding individuals capable of ensuring seamless delivery and the very best experience for the participants. We doubt that a more experienced group has ever been involved in putting together an expedition adventure race.

WARREN BATES

RACE DIRECTOR

2009 Adventure Racing World Champion, 11 World Championships (including five top 6 finishes), over 30 expedition races covering most continents.

ANNA BASTIN

EVENT MANAGER

Competed in various endurance races including the Southern Traverse and 24hr World Rogaine Championships. Loves any event that involves a map.

MARGO BERRYMAN

MEDIA MANAGER

Magazine publishing, radio broadcast, television production and communications. Managing editor of QT, Life Synergy, and Style Magazines.

IAN EDMOND

TECH MANAGER

20 years adventure racing, multiple international podium placings, and a computer science degree, Ian brings a unique knowledge and experience to the team.

ADAM FAIRMAID

RACE ADVISOR

Southern Traverse winner, adventure race career spanning over 20 years, and veteran of many expedition length races, including Eco Challenge.

MICHEL LEPAGE

EVENT SAFETY MANAGER

Head Guide for Queenstown Rafting. Team Leader for Remarkables Ski Patrol unit. Our man with 25 years of trip leading and outdoor industry experience.

WAYNE ALLEN

EVENT SAFETY MANAGER

Queenstown-based NZMGA ski guide, avalanche management, water safety, traffic safety, medic and extensive work for the film industry.

KEREN MCSKIMMING

COMPETITOR LIAISON

Keen multisporter, competed in the Spring Challenge and Wild Descent race. A history of volunteering for adventure races and supporting teams in the past.

PAULA ROGERS

VOLUNTEER MANAGER

Our most popular crew member who helps organise our amazing volunteers. Coordinates Netball Southland, supported winning team at Southern Traverse.

JANE MCCURDY

COMMS & LOGISTICS

Worked and competed at Southern Traverse and Primal Quest, Jane brings a wealth of experience to the team with comms and logistics a specialty.

STEVE GURNEY

RACE PATRON

World Multisport Champion, 9 x winner of the Coast to Coast, winner of 12 international adventure races - including 3 x Raid Gauloises, Eco Challenge and Primal Quest.