Top athletes get ready to race

Posted: March 5, 2014 by kirisyko in Adventure Racing, SykOtic
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Anticipation has begun to build for the GODZone adventure race, which starts in Kaikoura this weekend.

The course is a closely-guarded secret until the day of the event, but it is known is that the number of elite athletes preparing to compete is the highest ever, with the race so popular that 164 competitors are signed up.

In the event participants race non-stop for seven days across the rugged mountainous terrain of Kaikoura’s back country. Teams start to arrive in Kaikoura this Friday in time for team registration and race briefings before the race start early on Saturday morning. GODZone race director Warren Bates said the level of sponsorship for this year’s event had ensured the delivery of a thrilling experience.

“The Kaikoura District Council are our major partners this year and their regional tourism and marketing team have provided us with a significant level of support that has been vitally important for our event logistics and planning,” he said.

“The region has a lot of offer the multisport community on many different levels and we know everyone involved from the competitors through to volunteers, race management and media are going to be truly wowed.”

The council agreed to underwrite $50,000 last year through its tourism and development committee, with a view to attracting sponsorship from local businesses.

Though no local sponsorship has been forthcoming, it is widely believed that the international exposure from the event will be of great benefit to the region and that it was money well spent.

Kaikoura Information Tourism Incorporated (KITI) manager Glenn Ormsby said last week he expected to see a real buzz around town, which would only add to a fantastic summer season, with many operators telling him it had been the best they had seen for four years. He did not know how much accommodation was booked for the event but expected the town would be busy.

“There will be the TV crews and media who will all base themselves here in town,” he said.

“And I think we will definitely benefit from the media focus both nationally and internationally. I don’t think we really know what’s going to hit us yet.”

As well as the race starting in town, the prize-giving would take place in town the next week and the race headquarters would be in the car park outside the i-SITE, providing great views, he said.

Other support for the event has come from outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Kathmandu in the role of clothing supplier.

Marlborough brewing company MOA will provide magnums of MOA Methode Pilsner and St Josephs Tripel beer at the GODZone finish line, and another iconic South Island product, Jimmy’s Pies from Roxburgh in Central Otago, will also be given to the teams at the end of the event.


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