Big name behind new adventure race

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World champion adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae and his wife Jodie are organising a women’s-only adventure race in the Queenstown region. 

Entries for the Spring Challenge on September 28 opened this month. 

The Nelson-based Fa’avaes – who’ve shifted to Queenstown to plan the event – also organised the previous six annual Spring Challenges. 

The first five were held in the upper South Island and last year’s, which attracted a record 700 entries, was held in Methven, Mid Canterbury. 

The event involves teams of three competing in three, six or 10-hour races – these being the projected winning times. 

Each option involves rafting, mountain biking and hiking, as well as navigation. 

Jodie Fa’avae says: “The three-hour event is the entry-level option to adventure racing – it ’s very achievable for nearly anyone but still presents a worthy challenge.” 

The exact course is revealed to competitors on the eve of the event. 

Teams entering this month receive a discount. An extra incentive is also being offered to secondary school teams entering the three-hour event. 

Nathan Fa’avae recently captained the winning Seagate team in the local Godzone adventure race. A former full-time professional athlete, he’s won several Eco Chall­enge, Primal Quest and Adventure Racing World Championship titles.