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Discussion: 2018 GODZone Fiordland

in: Adventure Racing; General

May 30, 2017 1:30 AM # 
Seagate will be competing. So far only two team members have been announced: Nathan and his wife Jodie Fa'avae. Although it will be Jodie's first GODZone, she is an accomplished endurance athlete. Apparently, she had to talk Nathan into it!
Jun 1, 2017 5:50 AM # 
8 hours after entries opened today:

"GODZone is officially Sold Out and in record time. 90 (yes, ninety) teams are set for the Adventure Like No Other. That's the largest field ever in over 25 years of expedition racing here in New Zealand."
Jan 31, 2018 3:09 PM # 
Team list has been announced. They’ll be racing March 1-10.
Jan 31, 2018 5:45 PM # 
I found the team list to be a bit surprising. The kiwi field is LOADED. So many great racers scattered across many, many teams. Noted that Jim Cotter (Kiwi legend) is racing, not sure about his teammates, but that could be interesting. A couple of strong Aussie teams, and essentially two strong Yogaslacker teams. Not sure how strong Nathan's wife is, but they have some good teammates too, so they could be very competitive while I'm sure they aren't talking about looking to compete.

That said, I am surprised (and a bit bummed) that there isn't a stronger and deeper international field. There are some good, experienced racers, but I expected a few more of the elite teams to show up from say Europe. I know that some have argued that top teams stay away because they are up against the depth of the locals, but I thought more top teams would have made it down simply for how epic this event is going to be...
Jan 31, 2018 6:26 PM # 
If I had to guess, the time of year is the main reason more teams from the northern climates don't show up for this one.
Jan 31, 2018 6:28 PM # 
Still, not a single top team from Europe being interested in an epic experience like this is hard to comprehend. I wonder if being outside ARWS keeps top teams away, while middle-of-the-pack teams may have thought the time, difficulty and expense were too much.

The race sold out in 8 hours so registrations were only open from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Europe. Maybe some people didn't expect that and didn't click quickly enough?
Feb 1, 2018 1:54 AM # 
It's back to roots; Southern Traverse started this way in 89!

Undeniably an off-the-charts AR experience for anyone who can make it down.
Feb 1, 2018 11:47 PM # 
Its surprising that the $10000 for the fastest international team didn't tempt any of the major teams to come. The prospect of at least being able to pay for the entry and some transport should have been appealing + prize could be increased if they had placed overall too.

Edit - just realized the prize is actually only $6k for the first international team so that throws that idea. Not surprising this didn't tempt anyone then as it doesn't even cover entry!
Feb 20, 2018 6:17 AM # 
From today's press release:

New Zealand’s iconic GODZone adventure race will get underway in Te Anau next week on Thursday, 1st March 2018.

The organisers have confirmed today that the ten-day expedition race will start right in the heart of Te Anau’s central downtown area creating an exciting spectacle for locals and supporters to come and watch.

"All the action will take place in Te Anau’s town centre from 8 am with 400 competitors lining up under the GODZone archway in anticipation of their ten-day adventurous journey," says Event Director Warren Bates.

"The actual start line will be on the corner of Milford Crescent and the Town Centre main street and once the start gun goes off competitors will run right down the street to the Te Anau lakeside. It will be a hive of activity from 6 am as the teams arrive and get themselves sorted and say farewells to family and supporters."
Feb 22, 2018 3:51 AM # 

The race schematic is out on facebook at least.

2 monster packraft/trek legs, both well over 100km. RDs are saying they expect some teams to be out on the latter of the two for THREE days.

Something tells me this is going to be a very, very entertaining race to follow. Not to mention, I think it might wreak havoc on a fair number of teams and racers.

I'll let someone more tech savvy than me post the schematic here:)
Feb 23, 2018 12:02 AM # 
Don't forget the 24km trek that could take 24 hours. Dot watchers could take a nap during that leg.
Feb 23, 2018 1:01 AM # 
Hmmm. The schematic seems to have disappeared from FB
Feb 23, 2018 3:06 AM # 
Is this it? I couldn't see it on FB either but it was still on Twitter.

Feb 23, 2018 8:28 AM # 
Oh man! I can't wait to follow this one :) I had the privilege of spending 4 weeks in Fiordland last December, so got to adventure in some of the areas this race is bound to go through... It's going to be a proper expedition race (survival for some) and I for one am very very jealous of the experience these teams are about to have!
Feb 23, 2018 3:22 PM # 
1 km/hr trekking pace, sounds like Patagonia-type trekking to me.

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