Adventure race set to tackle Raglan

BEN STRANG
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Adventure Racing Coromandel is making an unusual move this year to host its 14th annual adventure race in Raglan.

The race includes the top 24-hour event, a 12-hour event, and an eight and 12-hour race without kayaking.

Organiser Rita Stephenson said the change in location for the race was to freshen the event up for regular competitors, some of whom have competed for each of the past 13 years.

"A couple of teams have been coming along since we started the race, and there aren't many more places we can go where we haven't already been," she said.

"That's why we decided to move from the Coromandel this year, and Raglan will be great."

Teams will have to kayak, mountainbike and trek across private land and Department of Conservation land during the race, although the exact course is kept secret until the day before the race.

For teams in the 24-hour race, they face an early 6am start on Saturday, March 15, and should be finished sometime around 6am the next day.

They will be forced to stop overnight, and will have to bring along emergency blankets and other items for their overnight stay.

"It's one of the oldest adventure races around," Stephenson said.

"It sounds tough, being 24 hours, but there are some races that are five days, and some are even seven days, so this is a baby compared to that."

She said the race is not for novices, although those who want to take part for the first time can attempt the eight-hour race, and don't need kayaks for it.

Those competing in the longer races will need to bring all their own gear, including the kayaks.

School teams from as far away as Whangarei are expected to take part.

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