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The event, the Spirited Women All Women’s Adventure Race, has been brought to the district for the first time, to the excitement of organisers and competitors.
About 800 participants will compete in teams four over staggered start times and will follow a course about which they received details only last night.
Of those registered, about 40% were from around Otago,
while the other 60% had
travelled from further afield, including from the North Island, event manager Kezia Trask
Among those gearing up for the race were 12 representatives from Sport Southland, who were looking forward to the event, for which they had prepared well.
Participant Cassie Eade said there had initially been some reluctance when the idea to form some teams was suggested, but they were all ‘‘really excited now’’.
Teams will compete in short, medium or long courses to suit all levels of fitness and experience.
A North Island event will also take place in Hawke’s Bay in March.