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Special Deal at Skyline Today

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Skyline Queenstown has a special discounted deal today for GODZone supporters, followers and fans to follow the GODZone teams. Gondola & 4 Luge rides are being offered to individuals at $49 per adult and $42 per child. These passes can be purchased today at the Skyline Queenstown base building from 8am onwards. GODZone teams are running from the Queenstown Lakeside up to Bob’s Peak and then down to the Skyline complex where they transition to mountain bikes before riding the mountain biking trails down through the Queenstown Bike Park. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says the teams should start to arrive at Skyline between and and it will be the ultimate position to watch […]


Live Website Launches

Friday, February 24th, 2017

INNOVATIVE LIVE WEBSITE LAUNCHES FOR GODZONE Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are preparing for their annual adventure racing fix as the GODZone live website launched at 6am EST today. The proprietary website has been developed by IT specialist Ian Edmonds and GODZone Race Director Warren Bates in association with Queenstown based web and graphic design agency Swordfox. The site enables followers around the globe to monitor the progress of the 280 GODZone competitors as they navigate their way around the 450km expedition course in and around Queenstown. “ The real time data loaded to the live site is quite complex in comparison to our general website,” says […]


GODZone registration gets off to a flying start…

Friday, February 24th, 2017

GODZone 2017 officially kicked off yesterday as teams travelled up the Skyline Gondola to register for the race. Over 70 teams from all over the world packed into the Skyline’s event centre, famous for its panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. GODZone Organiser Warren Bates gave some last minute advice to the teams, which included crossing the rivers safely, traversing the slippery rock, and most importantly, watching out for each other. “We’re really excited for 2017.” Organiser Warren Bates said, “Our course couldn’t look better if it tried. It took a few years to plan, but Queenstown is absolutely perfect for this race.” The teams of four will be racing […]


SECRET GODZONE COURSE REVEALED

Friday, February 24th, 2017

10 stages, 1 prologue, 8 disciplines, 410km of iconic New Zealand wilderness and almost 300 competitors with just seven days to complete Chapter 6 of GODZone. There will no doubt be plenty of blood, sweat and tears as New Zealand’s premiere adventure expedition race kicks off Saturday (tomorrow) at 7am NZST from the main beach in Queenstown Bay. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates outlined details of the grueling multi-disciplined course to competitors today just 24 hours before the race start. He says it will be a showcase of the adventure capitals iconic locations. “The first day is an 8 - 12 hour prologue showcasing the regions best, starting with a trek up One Mile towards […]


Creative Partnership Generates New Brand Story For GODZone

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

GODZone has partnered with award winning Queenstown branding and marketing agency Swordfox to create a fresh look for the international expedition event. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says the collaboration has helped to redefine and enhance the adventure race’s identity. “The event has grown dramatically over the past five years and we always want to push the boundaries and see what’s possible to achieve through technology and marketing. “ “For GODZone to continue its success as a unique adventure brand we need to engage with a massive audience particularly online and Swordfox has assisted us in developing our key marketing initiatives.” Exploring the […]


Course overview for Queenstown

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Who knows what will happen but we've had the opportunity to explore the course over the past few months and we share our views on how things might play […]


NEW ZEALAND’S CHAMPION ADVENTURE RACERS READY FOR GODZONE

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The return of adventure racing world champion Chris Forne to Chapter 6 of GODZone has put the rest of the 300 competitor large field on notice. Forne and his fellow Yealands Family Wines teammates Dan Moore and Dan Busch won last year’s event in style and will be looking for a repeat performance for 2017. “ This is the sixth appearance for Chris at GODZone and he has an unbeaten record so far, with a clean sweep of five wins under his belt,” says GODZone Race Director Warren Bates. “Top Wanaka female multisporter Simone Maier is joining them this time around and if anything that makes the team even stronger than last year. They are definitely the team to […]


Top picks for Chapter 6 Queenstown

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Who's got the brains and brawn to take a GODZone win? Ian and Warren discuss those with a chance of lifting the […]


GODZONE RELEASES FULL TEAM LIST FOR CHAPTER 6

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Media Release from GODZone  Queenstown, New Zealand  Thursday 26th January 2017   Immediate Release   ADVENTURE RACERS PREPARE AS GODZONE RELEASES FULL TEAM LIST FOR CHAPTER 6 An impressive field of New Zealand and international teams will line up in Queenstown later next month for the sixth chapter of GODZone, the worlds largest expedition adventure race. Today the official team list for the 2017 event was unveiled on the GODZone website  GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says it's a showcase of Kiwi flair with a sprinkling of international talent. “Given this event sold out so quickly with all the racing spots gone within 30 minutes on opening day […]


FOOT CARE ADVICE FOR COMPETITORS

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

FOOT CARE FOR GODZONERS 2017 Preparing your feet for the race - At least a month before the race, inspect your feet. If there are any soggy patches in the toe webs, or slight flaking on the soles/sides of the feet, you may have a fungal infection. Treat it now to prevent it going haywire in the race (clotrimazole cream twice daily to all foot for a month- from GP or pharmacy) check for horny rough patches (calluses) around heels/bunion area/sole surface of toes. These dig in and cause painful deep thick blisters in race mode! In shower, gently rub with pumice to smooth off gradually over the weeks. Go for some 6+ hour hikes over rough hills in race shoes to check effect on […]


MEDICAL ADVICE FOR COMPETITORS

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

GODZone 2017 - Athlete’s self-help medical advice sheet Hi all from your race doctor, Lynne John. With only a short time until the race, it’s timely to give you some pearls of wisdom re looking after yourself before and during the race. With any luck that’ll mean you don’t get to see me, nor any of the other medical team for the whole race- and I get to camp out in glorious wilderness and have more sleep than you do! Just before the race I’ll send you a brief questionnaire about your preparation and experience, to be followed by a post-race sheet, aiming to learn more from you what is protective and helps you to ‘race-to-perfection’. There have been very few such […]


Altitude GODZone Beer Naming Competition – T&C’s

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Altitude GODZone Beer Naming Competition Terms and Conditions 1. Only one entry (suggested beer name) per person. 2. All entrants must be 21+ with valid ID. 3. The prize winner may be required to participate in publicity accompanying or resulting from this promotion. The winner’s name will be made available upon request. 4. By entering, you relinquish all claims, ownerships and rights to the name worldwide. 5. The decision on winning entry is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 6. Winner will be announced 21st December 2016. 7. All entries will be reviewed by the company to determine whether they are valid and appropriate. GODZone will remove inappropriate entries at […]


Successful Sponsorship for Merrell NZ and GODZone

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Media Release from GODZone Queenstown, New Zealand December 7th, 2016 Immediate Release Successful Sponsorship for Merrell NZ and GODZone An impressive sponsorship relationship is behind high-growth apparel and footwear company Merrell’s continued support for New Zealand’s premiere adventure race, GODZone. GODZone has re-energised adventure racing in New Zealand over the past five years becoming the largest expedition race in the world. Chapter 6 will be held in Queenstown from the 25th February – 4th March 2017, attracting over 500 national and international competitors, support crews and volunteers. Merrell became GODZone’s official apparel and footwear sponsor […]


ALTITUDE BREWING NAMED NEW BEER SPONSOR FOR GODZONE

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing Queenstown, New Zealand Thursday 3rd November 2016    For immediate release ALTITUDE BREWING NAMED NEW BEER SPONSOR FOR GODZONE Award winning Queenstown brewing company, Altitude Brewing, is creating a unique and original beer for GODZone competitors to experience at the 2017 event being held in Queenstown from 25th Feb – 3rd March. The craft beer company has this week signed an exclusive three-year beer partnership with the premier New Zealand adventure event. Altitude Brewing directors Eliott Menzies and Eddie Gapper say they are stoked to be on board. “ We are fully amped to partner with this legendary adventure racing event in […]


RACE DIRECTOR TALKS QUEENSTOWN CHAPTER WITH FERG

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

GODZone Race Director chats with Newstalk ZB about Chapter […]


SPECTACULAR COURSE SET TO CHALLENGE COMPETITORS

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE from 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For immediate release 30 August 2016 SPECTACULAR QUEENSTOWN COURSE SET TO CHALLENGE GODZONE COMPETITORS Competitors at the 2017 GODZone are in an enviable position of racing through some of the world’s most spectacular scenic alpine environment and most demanding vertical terrain. That's according to GODZone CEO and Race Director Warren Bates who has spent the last 12 months setting a challenging course in and around Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. “It’s the adventure capital of the world so there is no better place to host the largest expedition race in the world. The region has a legacy of early […]


GODZone Sells Out

Friday, July 8th, 2016

QUEENSTOWN DRAWCARD SELLS OUT GODZONE FOR 2017 Entries into GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race, sold out within two hours of opening last week creating another record-breaking year for the event. GODZone CEO and Race Director Warren Bates said teams worldwide rushed to be in the first wave of entry registrations. “ It was fascinating to watch the entries come in every 2 or 3 minutes from around the globe which proves the race is achieving year on year growth in what is still a relatively niche sport market. Everyone is very keen to race in New Zealand.” The seven day event has two racing categories, GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit, and both are now at capacity […]


TEAM ENTRIES FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GODZONE OPEN TOMORROW

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE from 100% Pure Racing For immediate release 30th June 2016 TEAM ENTRIES FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GODZONE OPEN TOMORROW Entries into GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race, will open tomorrow (1st July 2016) at 9am NZST with hundreds of eager adventure racers expected to sign up for the sixth chapter of the event. The event’s location for 2017 has been officially unveiled as Queenstown, considered by many to be the home of the sport. Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd says New Zealand’s leading tourism resort town is delighted to welcome the event to the region. “GODZone is an internationally acclaimed event that will attract […]


PURSUIT TEAMS SEEK THE THRILL OF GODZONE

Friday, June 17th, 2016

In the movie Field of Dreams Kevin Costner’s character said, “If you build it, they will come.” And this was certainly true when the brand new Pursuit event category was introduced to GODZone for Chapter 5, 2016. Demand for places was outstripping available entry spots in the unsupported format of the event that had been running since 2012. The challenge facing the GODZone management team was how to grow the event sustainably, to effectively create a new experience and at the same time reach a wider audience of competitor – people who had perhaps considered GODZone as out of reach. “Unveiling a new event that opens GODZone up to a wider community of adventure racers […]


QUEENSTOWN LAUNCHED AS HOST LOCATION FOR 2017 GODZONE

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing Queenstown, New Zealand Monday 1st June, 2016 For immediate release QUEENSTOWN LAUNCHED AS HOST LOCATION FOR 2017 GODZONE The world’s number one expedition adventure race, GODZone, has today launched chapter six of the event that will take place in New Zealand’s leading tourism destination, Queenstown, next February. The seven-day event is set down for the 25th February to the 4th March 2017. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says Queenstown will deliver the most exciting and dramatic location the race has ever seen. “ The expansive mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes Region provide the most stunning backdrop for an […]