New Zealand’s most prestigious adventure race, GODZone, is set to take place in the majestic and scenic location of Wanaka.
Announcing the official dates and host location for the 2015 event, GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says Wanaka provides the perfect platform for the expedition length race that attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world.
“As an adventure racing location, you couldn’t ask for much more than the Lake Wanaka region. It’s a destination that really promotes the outdoor lifestyle, has unbelievably good access to a whole host of adventurous activities and enjoys a thriving sporting community.”
The 2015 GODZone adventure race will kick off on the 27th February and run to the 9th March, with teams of four racing non stop over seven days in and around the Lake Wanaka region. Mr Bates says Lake Wanaka Tourism has welcomed the event and support from the whole district has been overwhelmingly positive.
“ We are delighted that Lake Wanaka Tourism has partnered with us to accommodate GODZone and we know our competitors are going to love visiting the town of Wanaka and the entire Lake Wanaka region. They will discover the stunningly beautiful terrain is also uniquely challenging with a backdrop of mountains and glacier fed lakes and rivers.”
Lake Wanaka Tourism General Manager James Helmore says he is delighted to support GODZone and believes the event will bring significant benefits to the region.
“GODZone is a major sporting event that draws both national and international attention and we welcome that to Wanaka. Adventure racing fits perfectly with the adventurous nature of our community and our spectacular natural playground providing the backdrop.
We have everything here from canyoning to mountain biking, mountaineering, and kayaking through to skydiving. I’m sure many of our local adventure racers will be excited about racing in their own backyard, and those not competing will be as excited to discover just where the teams will be heading once the course is revealed next year.”
A new look GODZone website featuring some of the highlights from the Lake Wanaka region goes live today at www.godzoneadventure.com <http://www.godzoneadventure.com> and entries for the unique event will open on the 1st July, 2014.
“Following the hugely successful GODZone Chapter 3 held in Kaikoura this year we have experienced unprecedented enquiry about Chapter 4 from both international and domestic teams so we are expecting to sell out once again,” says Mr Bates.
“ Our entries will open at 9am NZST on 1st July and we know there are plenty of teams clamouring to secure one of the 40 spots available. I expect now that we have announced Wanaka, as the host location there will be surge of interest from local teams keen to race in their home region.
Everyone who comes to Chapter 4 in Wanaka, from the competitors and supporters to our the many volunteers, are going to have an unforgettable experience.”
GODZone is an official member of the Adventure Racing World Series and a qualifier for the pinnacle adventure-racing event, the AR World Championships.
GODZone website opens
We’re excited to announce that the new website is up and running. Access the website and all information about Chapter 4 by clicking here. Feel free to browse the new-look site and find out about the amazing host location, entry information, schedule and you can even get tips for taking on the event if you are a first timer. There is a wealth of information on the site for competitors, volunteers, fans and media but if you need to get in touch then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org