New adventure race announced for Godzone

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The internationally-popular concept of expedition racing will return to New Zealand with a major event announced in Queenstown today.

Adventure racing company 100% PURE Racing launched its Easter 2012 GODZone Adventure race – it’s the first unsupported (no support crews) expedition-style adventure race to be held in NZ since the world’s inaugural event Raid Gauloises, in the Southern Lakes 22 years ago.

Competitors – teams of four – will travel day and night, navigating, trekking, mountain biking and kayaking over a secret course in the Wakatipu basin from April 7-14.

Organised by 2009 World Adventure Racing champion Warren Bates and past Southern Traverse winner Adam Fairmaid, the event is patronised by Speights Coast to Coast legend Steve Gurney and supported by other multisport athletes Richard Ussher, Wayne Oxenham, Kristina Anglem and Keith Murray.

Fairmaid says the organising crew aims to set a new standard for adventure racing globally and attract the world’s top racers down under to compete.

Entries are now open and it’s expected top athletes from around the country, Australia and further afield will sign up to compete.