An Adventure Race really but also a treasure hunt. A real family affair if you want to do it that way, but elite sports people and orienteering experts will also be there because this is first and foremost an adventure race. The disciplines included will be walking, running, biking and orienteering – which means both your brain and your endurance skills will be challenged.
The date is the 13th November and the venue is Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand – the self-styled adventure capital of the world.
Teams of two will take on the challenge. “Last year we had an 11-year-old competing with her mother and it was a great introduction to adventure racing for her. The younger people are also pretty clued up when it comes to the treasure hunt and problem solving,” said race-director Geoff Hunt. “We really want to encourage family groups to take part.”
This is not a deterrent to serious competitors competing as the event will be split into serious and social divisions in open, female and mixed categories. Leading Queenstown multisporters Mark Williams and Matt Wood, who are Team R&R Sport, are taking part because of the fun element of the treasure hunt style event and because it’s a great opportunity to take part in a competition in “our own backyard”.
60 – 80 teams are expected on the day. Clues will be concealed in 70 different locations and each team will be provided with a map and a list of clues and have six hours to complete the event.
The weather is liable to be unpredictable – it always is at this time of the year, so be warned, but as Australasia’s only lake and alpine year-round resort, Queenstown is the ultimate place for exploration. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the setting for this adventure race could not be more stunning. What better background to stage a treasure hunt?
I know it’s late in the day but if you would like to take part in this event please go directly to the Southern Traverse website.