Attempting the Icebreaker

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2013

I have a new challenge - the Motatapu Icebreaker Marathon.

It's 42.2km starting from Motatapu Station, near Lake Wanaka, to Arrowtown. But, this is no ordinary race - the off-road course goes through Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations, through some 20-odd river crossing and over some hills.

Motatapu

The course follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering. 

If you thought running 42.2km was bad, try doing it with wet shoes.

The average time for a female (in the open category) is 5:05:58, while for men it is 4:44:56.

I'd never heard of this race until last weekend when an extended family member mentioned she was doing it during dinner. My ears pricked up? An off-road marathon? Now, that could be interesting. Plus, it might kick start me back into some longer training runs. By dessert I had committed to also doing it. 

The idea also appeals to me as I love trail running - but I never really run through rivers though! So far, I've decided that maybe I will spray my shoes with water then go running, or another idea was to run on the spot in the bath or maybe I'll put handfuls of gravel in my shoes and then run up Harry Ell. 

I figure it'll be a good test of fitness, endurance and the all important mental muscle.

Has anyone ever trained for Motatapu? Anyone got any suggestions on what I should do or where I should go to practice river crossings? E-mail me on rachel.young@press.co.nz, comment below or follow me on Twitter @YoungRachelS

- The Press

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