To capture the drama of what next year's expedition-length
Godzone multisport race is like for the athletes, organisers
are looking at putting hidden cameras on the course and
uploading the footage to the race website.
During the inaugural race in April, competitors travelled
with satellite navigational tracking devices to provide live
progress reports on Godzone's website - which had more than a
million hits during the race.
Race co-director Warren Bates said there were stories of
competitors locking others out of huts at night and letting
down bike tyres, but they were all unsubstantiated. Mr Bates
said cameras were about ''immersing the general public'' in
the adventure race, where teams of four typically raced
consecutive days and nights, with little sleep.
''It's reality TV for real.''
Teams used a map and compass to navigate a series of
checkpoints and transition areas on foot, kayak, rope and
cycle without support crews.
Almost 40% of teams registered for 2013 were international
and winners received both prize money and a spot in the World
Entries for the main race, which will be held frpm March 8 to
16, have closed but entries for the new corporate race are
Funds raised in the corporate race will go towards Starship
National Air Ambulance. Mr Bates said that race would run
from March 12 to 16 and was a slightly ''watered down''
version, but competitors would still be required to push
themselves. The course for 2013 was a complete overhaul of
the previous one and would be top-secret until 24 hours
before race day.