GODZone race sells out

Last updated 12:27 23/08/2013

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New Zealand's premier adventure race, GODZone, has received its full quota of entries for the 2014 event to be held in Kaikoura from March 7 to 15 with the event now sold out.

The largest field ever will be lining up at the start line with 35 four-person teams having signed up to experience the fastest growing adventure race in New Zealand's history.

"This is an incredible result given we are still seven months out from the event and we are justifiably proud of the interest GODZone has received from teams all over the globe," race director Warren Bates said.

"We always knew that Chapter 3 would be a real drawcard after the success of last year's race from Mt Cook to Queenstown.  The fact that all available race spots have been snapped up so quickly is testament to the growing adventure-racing market worldwide and to the attraction of racing in Kaikoura and its surrounds."

The GODZone adventure event first started in 2012 and has attracted high-profile national and international competitors, including current adventure racing world champions Team Seagate, led by Nathan Fa'avae, who has described GODZone as the the best race in the world.

Consideration was now being given to teams that have missed out on the first 35 entry spots and Mr Bates said a waiting list had been drawn up by team management.

"The demand for team spots had been unprecedented and yesterday we had a number of local and international teams desperately trying to obtain the last places so we have been forced to open up a waiting list. The most important consideration for us to ensure we keep the standard of the event high so that we remain the best adventure race in the world."

All aspects of the events logistics and resources for the six-day adventure race need to be considered before a decision can be made whether or not to increase the field, he said.

"At this stage we are looking to see if its feasible to open up another five spots and will be making that call before the  31st August, 2013.

"Teams that want to try and obtain one of those should register their intention immediately with us to be in with a chance to race in 2014."

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- The Southland Times

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