Mule a stead­fast fix­ture at sta­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By GRANT BRYANT

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.’’

Photo: GRANT BRYANT/ FAIR­FAX NZ 628981295

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.

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