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GODZone Attracts More International Teams to New Zealand

New Zealand is experiencing a growth in adventure racing with the world’s largest expedition race, GODZone, leading the charge. GODZone Chapter 9, to be held in Rotorua in 2020, sold out in less than 24 hours last month, notching up another win for the prestigious adventure racing event. Of the more than 360 competitors confirmed


A1 Series Winners Eye GODZone Chapter 8

Australian adventure racing team Thought Sports recently won the Adventure 1 Series in Australia for 2018 and an entry to race at GODZone Chapter 8. Team captain Rob Preston talks to us about the teams goals and aspirations for racing in New Zealand. What are your team goals for Chapter 8? We would like to


NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIERE FREEZE DRIED FOOD CO BACKS GODZONE

Competitors in the world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone, will be well fed during Chapter 8 of the event with Back Country Cuisine coming on board to support the teams. The pioneering freeze dried meal business is backing New Zealand’s premier adventure race being held in Canterbury from the 10th – 17th March 2019. Based


Teams Sign Up For Canterbury In Big Numbers

PRESS RELEASE From 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand and ChristchurchNZ Tuesday 10th July 2018 For immediate release GODZONE HITS BIG TEAM TARGET FOR CHAPTER 8 IN CANTERBURY Canterbury and Christchurch have been a massive drawcard for adventure racing teams from around world with entries into GODZone Chapter 8 hitting the mark for 2019. Over 70


GODZone Opens Entries Chapter 8

PRESS RELEASE From 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Sunday 1st July 2019 For immediate release NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIERE ADVENTURE RACE OPENS ENTRIES Entries to Chapter 8 of GODZone open at 9 am (NZT) today with teams from around the world expected to be vying for a racing spot at the prestigious adventure event. The eighth


World Famous Adventurer Joins GODZone Design Team

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Friday 15th June 2018 For immediate release FA’AVAE JOINS DESIGN TEAM FOR GODZONE World famous adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae will bring his adventure racing expertise and intimate knowledge of the Canterbury region of New Zealand to the eighth chapter of GODZone. The consummate adventurer will join GODZone


It’s Canterbury!

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Friday 1st June 2018 For immediate release   CANTERBURY TO HOST GODZONE CHAPTER 8 Canterbury, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki – Mount Cook, has today been announced as the host location for Chapter 8 of GODZone, the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race. The seven-day international


GODZone to Canterbury

MEDIA RELEASE Some of the world’s toughest adventure racers are coming to Canterbury to participate in the challenging GODZone event. The event is an extreme cross-country challenge where mixed teams travel day and night across approximately 500km of some of New Zealand’s toughest terrain over a seven day period. Hundreds of domestic and international participants


LEARNING FROM THOSE WHO WRITE THE BOOK

LEARNING FROM THOSE WHO WRITE THE ADVENTURE RACING BOOK By Annabelle Latz It still rings clear as a bell in his head, the day Todd Vickery stepped into Adventure Racing. The journey started in 2016, from his Brisbane white-collared corporate world office. “I had never heard of the sport. I was sitting at work and


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Trevor and Joanne Mcgowan are retired, and in their fifth year of volunteering at GODZone. They said they would have done GODZone it if was 60 years ago, but no way now! They were introduced to GODZone via family. They both love meeting lots of new people they volunteer with. The highlight of this event


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Jasmine, a young Te Anau local, was walking along the Lake Te Anau waterfront a few days ago when she spotted the action at the GODZone finish line at the Marakura Yacht Club. Curious to know what was going on she wandered over to check it out. Keen to get involved she volunteered her time


JUMP AT THE CHANCE

JUMP AT THE CHANCE By Annabelle Latz Chatting to Joe Skerman on the phone this evening, he was still ‘watching the dots’ from his dairy farm in Bulls. Before being support crew for his wife’s GODZone team this week, he had always wondered why four people were needed for an adventure racing team. “But now


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Hillary Cant is a boat crew member for real Journeys Doubtful Sound. This is her first time at GODZone, in fact her first involvement with adventure racing. She said she probably wouldn’t ever do a GODZone herself, but has really enjoyed her involvement and getting to know some of the other volunteers. She heard about


A RAVE AND GLOWSTICKS A FEATURE OF GODZONE

A RAVE AND GLOWSTICKS A FEATURE OF GODZONE By Annabelle Latz Glow sticks and lycra galore, a dozen slightly worse for wear and rough around the edges athletes dance around the tents in the rain. The scene is set amongst the thickest of Fiordland bush. The occasion is GODZone, Chapter Seven. The team instigating this


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Graeme Sunnex is a plant operator in Napier, and has come down to volunteer at GODZone for the first time. “It certainly opens up your eyes to all the work that goes on,” he said, adding he’s really enjoyed following where the course goes.


MEETING OUR VOLUNTEERS

Rachel Clarke, from Invercargill, has been a volnteer on the media crew for GODZone Chapter Seven. In her ‘normal’ life she’s an Occupational Risk Manager. Although she hasn’t been a volunteer with GODZone before, she’s has been at many other events. She’s been involved in adventure racing before, and saw this volunteering idea on a


LOOKING AFTER THE WALKING PETRI DISHES

LOOKING AFTER THE WALKING PETRI DISHES By Annabelle Latz Trench foot. Yes, it actually is just what it sounds like… A fungal-filled wounded foot, caused by excessive dampness, cuts and general all-round extreme hard going. The phrase was coined in World War One, but the modern day version is found at GODZone Chapter Seven in


Out There Just Doing Cool Things

OUT THERE JUST DOING COOL THINGS By Annabelle Latz Packrafting NZ (23) just ‘dealt with things as they came,’ and arrived at Waitutu Lodge before setting out for the coast, in the very early hours of Tuesday morning. After a couple of hours of shut eye, they we’re on their way again. “Although the bush


Making The Full Course Cut Off

Today’s big question is how many full course Pure teams on Stage 3 will make the short course cut off? Teams will need to arrive and depart TA3 no later than 1am Wednesday morning to continue on the fully ranked Pure course. GZ Course Director Adam Fairmaid says around 30 teams have the potential. He


VOLUNTEERING UNTIL IT’S TIME TO RACE

VOLUNTEERING UNTIL IT’S TIME TO RACE Chris Brand, an arborist from Winton, pas put his name up for the second year to be a logistics volunteer at GODZone. Surrounded by great people, great mind sets, and great positivity, he said he was “pretty quick to put his hand up again.” It’s about meeting new people