Dugald Peters thought to himself if nobody came to his
military-style obstacle course event at Moke Lake ''at least
I'll have an assault course''.
''I just fancied an assault course,'' Mr Peters said.
Peters is behind The Mule, which was held for the first time
It attracted a few hundred competitors.
That means Mr Peters has both an assault course and the
makings of a successful biennial event.
''There's really nothing to this scale in New Zealand,'' he
said, while acknowledging the Tough Guy/Girl competitions and
the Mud, Sweat and Tears.
''We wanted to take it to the next level with our terrain.''
The course is on private land.
It will stay in place and be available for private hire.
It will be open to the public twice a year for the summer and
winter Mule events.
Although competitors' times are noted - and no-one is yet to
complete the 10km course in under an hour - ''it really isn't
about the time''.
''It's more about how you do it and who you do it with,'' Mr
The top male and female competitors each received a chainsaw
for their efforts.
Mr Peters said the prizes fitted with what the event was all
about, which was to get the job done with the right equipment
The event received $20,000 from the Queenstown Lakes District
Council's events fund.
• A winter Mule event is to be held on July 5.