Fa’avae joins GOD­Zone team

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STUFF RE­PORTER

World-fa­mous ad­ven­ture racer Nathan Fa’avae, of Nel­son, is help­ing de­sign the eighth chap­ter of GOD­Zone ad­ven­ture race.

The seven-day ex­pe­di­tion will be in Can­ter­bury from March 10-17, 2019.

Fa’avae last helped de­sign a GOD­Zone course in 2016, when the event was held in his home district of Tas­man.

Race di­rec­tor War­ren Bates said the team was de­lighted to have Fa’avae on board.

‘‘Nathan is the most ex­peri- enced ad­ven­ture racer out there and also hap­pens to run the largest ‘all fe­male’ ad­ven­ture race in the world, so he brings im­mense course de­sign flair.’’

‘‘He is a su­per­star, an out­door guru in ad­ven­ture cir­cles and all­round great guy to work along­side,’’ Bates said.

Fa’avae said he was hon­oured to be in­vited to have in­put into the 2019 course.

‘‘I know this area well and have en­joyed some won­der­ful trips into the wilder­ness parts of the re­gion,’’ he said.

The course will travel through ar­eas he has spent time ad­ven­tur­ing in.

The sup­pos­edly-re­tired mul­ti­sporter said he felt ‘‘re­ally good’’ to help shape the course for oth­ers.

‘‘Work­ing on the event is also in some way in­sur­ance for me not to be tempted to race again as that temp­ta­tion never goes away,’’ he said.

The course will be about 530 km for the Pure rac­ing cat­e­gory.

There will be short for­mats for the Pur­suit and Prime classes.

The course is a highly guarded se­cret and de­tails will not be re­vealed un­til the teams ar­rive in Akaroa, Can­ter­bury, to reg­is­ter.

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Ad­ven­ture racer Nathan Fa’avae com­petes in 2015.

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