Find A Team
We know from our experience of the first five Chapters of GODZone that there are a lot of people out there looking to join teams or who were unsure about how to find like-minded adventurers. Getting a team of four together and on to the start line is often heralded as the most difficult part of adventure racing. Despite that perceived difficulty, opportunities for racing exist and there are lots of people willing and capable – it’s just a question of joining the dots and being proactive about it.
We’ve had some great success stories with people slotting into teams at the last minute and enjoying a fantastic experience. People from overseas have joined forces with locals and made lifelong friendships. Occasionally, a match up goes wrong and it all ends in a few tears of frustration but that’s part of the excitement of this kind of team racing – you never know how things are really going to work out until you’re tired, emotional, hungry, cold and lost.
As we get closer to the start of the event there will be a couple of teams, often down to injuries or unforeseen pull outs, that have to scramble around to find a team mate at the 11th hour. You could be the person to fill in that gap or you could team up with another group of three from another continent. The possibilities are many. However, this is unlikely to happen unless you make yourself known and available. Fence-sitters and those who appear uncommitted rarely get the chance to race so if you want to be involved in GODZone, then make it known via the channels outlined below.
If, despite all your best efforts, you struggle to find a slot in a team then please feel free to get in touch with us. Whilst we are not in the business of matchmaking we always try to help where we can.
Love it or hate it, it’s a very effective tool for locating people who are in exactly the same boat as yourself. Visit the GODZone Facebook page and see if there is anyone else looking for a team mate or looking to put a team together. A number of teams have been put together using this medium over the last couple of years with good success. It is particularly good for those individuals looking for an existing team of 3 of for those who have lost a team mate at the last minute.
If the radar is blank and you are keen to be part of a team then the best thing to do is to simply introduce yourself on the GODZone Facebook page. Tell everyone a little bit about yourself, where you are from and what you are looking for. Don’t go overboard with tales of previous derring-do or other bicep kissing moments – you’ll only put people off. At the same time, don’t be afraid to sell yourself a little. Get people interested in you and then arrange for further conversations to take place offline. If you get a team sorted then it helps if you post a quick message to the site saying that the place is filled and everyone can move on with their lives.
There are plenty of ways to go about getting a team together and most people start with a chat to people in their local community or people who they’ve trained, tramped, worked or even raced with before. Here are some other options to consider:
There are a number of websites dedicated to following adventure racing all over the world. They normally come with a forum or discussion area that is a good place to advertise whether you are looking to create a team or join one. In New Zealand the best place to look is Sportzhub and Sleepmonsters covers much of the rest of the world pretty well. Visit the websites and as mentioned above, tell people what you are looking for and see if you get any nibbles. Some of these websites are now facing up to the reality of social networking and the forums are themselves migrating towards Facebook. Either way, they have access to a lot of potential team mates so use them.
Yep, they still exist and there are lots of people out there every evening and weekend training hard, enjoying themselves and socialising at the same time. If you know that a local multisport, kayak, triathlon club, etc, exists locally then it might be a good place to find like-minded souls. There are definitely some strong regional hubs in New Zealand, often with a sprinkling of ‘high profile’ multisporters or adventure racers who might be able to help you in your quest. Don’t be afraid to pop along to local events or clubs and get involved. It could be the start of something beautiful.