Duo sign up for city’s wacky chal­lenge

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Jump­ing off build­ings and eat­ing dis­gust­ing food are two things that could be on the cards for Kim­berly Good and Ni­cholas Fal­coner this week­end.

The cou­ple are com­pet­ing in the Mel­bourne leg of the City Chase se­ries to­mor­row.

The com­pe­ti­tion sees con­tes­tants take part in 12 Amaz­ing Race-style men­tal and phys­i­cal chal­lenges around the city.

They won the trip to Mel­bourne af­ter en­ter­ing the in­au­gu­ral Auck­land event, which starts and fin­ishes at the Viaduct Har­bour next Satur­day.

“We’re pretty ex­cited. We’ll get a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore we do the Auck­land race. I’ve been to Mel­bourne for work so I know the city a lit­tle bit,” Nick says.

While they just hope to fin­ish both races, the Mt Al­bert pair ad­mit it’d be great to win. The winning team qual­i­fies for the world cham­pi­onships later this year at a mys­tery lo­ca­tion, which is an­nounced just be­fore the con­tes­tants leave.

But Kim­berly ad­mits she’d be a lit­tle ner­vous about the chal­lenges they’d face if they qual­i­fied to take on the best teams from around the world.

“The tasks get more ex­treme at the world champs. We’ve seen pic­tures of peo­ple hav­ing to wear­ing Bo­rat suits.”

Watch­ing cou­ples’ re­la­tion­ships fall apart on the Amaz­ing Race has also taught them that they’ll have to keep their cool dur­ing frus­trat­ing mo­ments.

“We’ll have to try not to ar­gue as much as they do,” Kim­berly says.

Con­tes­tants are al­lowed to use pub­lic trans­port to get to lo­ca­tions faster, but Kim­berly and Ni­cholas have fit­ness on their side af­ter tak­ing part in sev­eral marathons in re­cent years.

City Chase founder Nick Je­linek says he’s wanted to bring the event to New Zealand for sev­eral years now, af­ter host­ing suc­cess­ful races through­out Canada, the United States and Asia.

“There is a her­itage of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­ity here and I’m ex­cited to see Ki­wis get out there and have a go.”

To find out more about en­ter­ing the Auck­land City Chase event visit www.anz city­chase.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Up for any­thing: Mt Al­bert res­i­dents Kim­berly Good and Ni­cholas Fal­coner will face a num­ber of phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges dur­ing the City Chase event in Mel­bourne to­mor­row and Auck­land next week­end.

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