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, 10 World Championships (including five top 6 finishes), over 25 expedition races completed covering most continents.

Anna Bastin – Event Manager

Queenstown local Event Manager and Outdoor Enthusiast. Competed in various endurance races including the Southern Traverse and 24hr World Rogaine Champs. Loves any event that involves a map.

Margo Berryman – Media Manager
Magazine publishing, radio broadcast, television production, event management and communications. Managing editor of QT Magazine, Life Synergy Magazine, Style Magazine and Queenstown’s More FM breakfast host.

 

Ian Edmond – Tech Manager
With 20 years adventure racing, including multiple international podium placings, combined with a Computer Science degree, Ian brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to the team. His passion is the Live Coverage platform and he is also heavily involved in course planning and reccies to ensure challenge and adventure for the teams.

 

Michel Lepage – Event Safety Manager
Head Guide for Queenstown Rafting and Team Leader for Remarkables Ski Patrol unit. 25 yrs of trip leading and outdoor industry experience, highlighting a 50 day canoe trip to the Arctic.

 

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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
Queenstown mother of two with a background in event management and wine. A history of volunteering for adventure races and supporting teams on multi day adventure races such as the Southern Traverse. A keen multisporter herself having competed in the Spring Challenge and having also completed the 4 day Wild Descent race.

 

Paula Rogers – Volunteer Manager

Paula is probably the most popular crew member and helps organise all our amazing volunteers. Coordinates Netball Southland and has supported a winning team at the Southern Traverse.

Jane McCurdy – Comms & Logistics Manager

When not flying around the hills in Queenstown runs her own film and communications company. Having previously worked (and competed) at the Southern Traverse and Primal Quest, Jane brings a wealth of experience to the team and is a firm favourite with all the staff and volunteers.


RACE PATRON

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), awarded New Zealand order of Merit for services to endurance sport.”I’m so excited to see such a race back here in New Zealand with a strong visionary and energetic organising team.” Click here to see the patrons message.


Race Advisors

Adam Fairmaid – Event Advisor

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

Wayne Oxenham – Event Advisor

2008 Adventure Racing World Champion, multiple podium finishes around the world as captain of the hugely successful Orion Health adventure racing team.

Kristina Angelm – Event Advisor

2005 Adventure Racing World Champion, 2 x winner of the Coast to Coast, winner of the one-off 2200km Mizone length of NZ race, veteran of Kiwi teams Seagate & Balance Vector.

Keith Murray – Event Advisor

Multisport World Champion, current course record holder for both the Coast to Coast one day and two day events, which remain unbeaten since 1994 and 1993 respectively.