Spring event comes to Wanaka next year

Chal­lenge just for teams of women

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Thou­sands of peo­ple will de­scend on Wanaka next Septem­ber when the town hosts the ninth Spring Chal­lenge ad­ven­ture race.

The women-only race is ex­pected to sell­out its full field of 1080 com­peti­tors, or­gan­iser Nathan Fa’avae said last week.

The race co­in­cides with the first week of the school hol­i­days and each team of three ath­letes will be bring­ing support teams with them.

The course will be re­vealed a day be­fore the race.

‘‘We like Wanaka be­cause there are lots of course op­tions. I think the ad­ven­ture sports op­por­tu­ni­ties there are pretty great.

‘‘It will be in spring, the end of the ski sea­son, so peo­ple will be think­ing about what they can do.

‘‘Also Wanaka’s in­fra­struc­ture is pretty ap­peal­ing. It is set up to cater for large num­bers,’’ Fa’avae said.

Cour­ses for the 3-, 6- and 9-hour races are set ac­cord­ing to the es­ti­mated win­ning times.

Com­peti­tors are not pe­nalised for fin­ish­ing within the time­frame. Some teams con­tin­ued rac­ing for up to 18 hours to com­plete the course, Fa’avae said.

Mean­while, sev­eral Wanaka teams went to Hok­i­tika last month to com­pete in in the 2014 Spring Chal­lenge.

Wanaka ath­letes Kristy Jen­nings, Katharine Eus­tace and Floortje Draisma won the 6-hour race in 5hrs 14mins 44secs.

The 9-hour race was won in 9hrs 38mins by Sophie Hart and Fleur Pawsey of Christchurch, and Susie Wood of Nel­son.

Wanaka veteran team (120yrs+) of Mary Rus­sell, Janet Young and Phillipa Find­lay were 11th in the 9-hour race, in 12hrs 11 secs.

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