Fa’avae joins GODZone team
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.
Adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae competes in 2015.