Adventure Racing World champions team Seagate competes
during the inaugural Godzone Adventure Race earlier this
year. High demand for entries in the March 2013 event have
led organisers to signal an early close to entries. Photo
An early close to entries for the 2013 GodZone event,
beginning in March, has been signalled due to the high demand
for places for "Chapter Two" of the adventure race.
Race co-director Warren Bates said the decision had been
driven by event entries exceeding expectations and by the
successful launch of the Corporate Challenge event, run in
conjunction with the Starship Foundation.
"It's fair to say that Chapter One - the 2012 event -
generated a huge amount of interest and that's flowed through
into the next instalment.
"With the corporate challenge now in place, it has meant that
we can consider wrapping things up for GodZone Chapter Two
much earlier than expected."
Mr Bates said strong demand from overseas teams had
continued, with almost 40% of entries from international
competitors, covering South America, Europe, Scandinavia,
North America and Australia, along with teams from this
Teams included Seagate, the adventure racing world champions,
and Scandinavian racers AXA-Adidas.
"These teams will be looking to conquer the notoriously
difficult Kiwi terrain and also the Kiwis themselves," Mr
"We have announced significant prizemoney this year and a
world championship spot is up for grabs, so it promises to be
a compelling battle at the front of the field."
There were only "a handful" of slots remaining for the March
race and Mr Bates encouraged teams to enter soon to avoid