Mule a steadfast fixture at station
Construction is nearing its final phase for Queenstown’s and New Zealand’s newest adventure circuit race, The Mule.
The inaugural 5km and 10km circuit through breathtaking Ben Lomond Station on the edge of Moke Lake starts on March 15 with a winter event on July 5.
Supervising course construction, race director Dugald Peters told the Mirror he was backing the race as a long-term fixture unique to Queenstown.
‘‘We’re not looking at franchising and all our set-ups on the course are permanent structures. Lots of other adventure circuit races will just dig a few trenches and throw up a few temporary obstacles but our real point of difference is that these are tailormade obstacles, walls and crawling chutes that work with the terrain and are being built to last here.’’
As a former British paratrooper he knows plenty about what it takes to tackle a military-grade obstacle course and reckons Queenstowners are up to the task.
‘‘We’ve got 156 registered for The Mule so far and the majority are from Queenstown. But we’ve got a great cluster of sponsors together and are of course hoping to pull in people who love a challenge from all over the country.’’
While races involving obstacles and lots of mud were in vogue, he did not want to make it ‘‘just another mud race’’.
‘‘There’s something for everyone here, from the weekend warriors to companies looking to to offer their staff a team building exercises, to families and groups of friends who can enter as teams.’’
First race: The Mule New Zealand director and former British paratrooper Dugald Peters in front of crawl chutes being prepared for the inaugural adventure race.