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The Macpac Motatapu will once again host thou­sands of com­peti­tors across a va­ri­ety of events when they de­scend on Wanaka and queen­stown on March 4, 2017 for the 13th run­ning of this iconic event, with one of those en­trants promised a prize pack­age in­clud­ing a rather spe­cial ride to the start line. This pop­u­lar event that caters for moun­tain bik­ers, XTERRA triath­letes, off road marathon run­ners, hik­ers and walk­ers and ul­tra-run­ners on a va­ri­ety of cour­ses that make their way through the stun­ning Motatapu Val­ley from Lake Wanaka, through to the finish line (and fes­tiv­i­ties) in his­toric Ar­row­town. Fa­mous for its re­laxed south­ern vibe and breath­tak­ing course through the high coun­try and val­leys be­tween Wanaka and queen­stown, the Macpac Motatapu takes com­peti­tors on trails not open to the pub­lic on this ‘one day only’ chance to ride, run or walk on oth­er­wise closed trails through the Motatapu Val­ley. “This is just a won­der­ful event, it has so much his­tory and so many great sto­ries have emerged from peo­ple of all walks of life that have taken part,” said Mandy Kennedy, CEO of the queen­stown Trails Trust. “And yet it is im­por­tant to add to that ex­pe­ri­ence, to present new chal­lenges and ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions to keep our reg­u­lars com­ing back, and en­tice new com­peti­tors to join the fun. We and our event or­gan­is­ers at the IRONMAN team look for­ward to an­nounc­ing some of those changes in the weeks ahead.” Re­gard­less of the promised in­no­va­tion, it is ul­ti­mately the unique one day a year ac­cess to the course that ap­peals to many, with the 47km Skoda Moun­tain Bike event now es­tab­lished as the big­gest one day moun­tain bike event in Aus­trala­sia. Macpac Motatapu March 4, 2017 Wanaka to queen­stown www.motatapu.com

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