Have you heard of Southern Traverse Ltd?
If you are into extreme sports possibly, if you’re into adventure sports racing probably, but if not then Southern Traverse is a premier international Sport Event Management company which operates and manages elite events around the world including the Adventure Racing World Championship, the AR World Series and New Zealand’s iconic adventure race, the Macpac Southern Traverse – these are all extreme races which will test the skills of the competitors to the very limit.
This weekend (14th – 16th November) two extreme challenges will be held in New Zealand: The Macpac 24 Hours Of Southern Traverse and the 8-hour Adventure Challenge. The Macpac 24 will incorporate run/trekking, kayaking and mountain biking and the area of Lake Wakatipu and the Glenorchy region will be the backdrop for this challenging race.
Glenorchy is an area of spectacular scenery at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island. It is only about 45kms from Queenstown. It is famed for its many ‘tramping’ tracks. The local scenery received worldwide attention when it was used as one of the settings for the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Director of Southern Traverse, Geoff Hunt, says that, as is traditional with their courses, no-one will know the route until the midnight start on Friday, “but I can promise competitors some very different terrain and they will be going places they haven’t been before. The overriding thing they will remember about the course is the bush. all the treks are centred round bush rather than open tussock land but there is some spectacular scenery on the way,” he added.
Hunt expects the fastest teams to cross the finish in 14 hours and the slowest in around 20.
The competition is open to teams of two or four persons. The two person catagory can be a mixed team, or single sex. The 4 person team MUST have at least one woman, and each team must have a support crew. It is recommended that team members have first aid certificates and that competitors must know how to swim and have a Grade 2 kayak certificate… The race will cover approximately 150 kilometres and will continue day and night.
A new fun 8 hour race for first timers, individuals and teams, (women and men), will be run on the Saturday 15 November, in conjunction with the Macpac 24hrs of Southern Traverse. This is a new challenge and is an attempt to persuade athletes who traditionally compete in shorter events to test themselves on a longer course. As Hunt says, “the eight hour challenge is also part of our bid to expand adventure sport racing. It is really an off-road Peak to Peak and makes the event more accessible to a wider group of people. We expect it will grow in popularity particularly amongst multi-sporters and triathletes because of the soft introduction it offers to the disciplines of adventure racing.”
Entries for the 8 Hour Challenge will be accepted on Friday 14th November at Queenstown Event Center between 6 – 8 o’clock… so get your running shoes on if you’re interested! The entry to the Macpac 24 is already closed. Prize giving will be on Sunday, 16th November.