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Vet, farmer and athlete

Country Wide Magazine – April 2021 Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing yourself from society. Your entire focus is about getting to


Meet Martin, the GODZone trophy guy

He loves New Zealand so much, so bugger it, he’ll draw it. Meet Martin Rogers, you’ll probably be more familiar with his work than you realise, as he’s the man you can thank for the stunning logs of wood we call the GODZone trophies. It all started way back in 2012, just before Chapter 1


The Stuff Legends Are Made Of

The Legends Trophy went to Team Swazi (19) for GODZone Chapter 9 Rotorua. For each GODZone this Trophy is awarded by the race organisers to the team that, in the twilight of their sporting careers, show how it should be done. The Legends Trophy is open to both race categories. And true legends, as the


Pushing through the puddles

Where’s Warren? Buying gumboots. Well, that’s fair. It was late afternoon of Day 7, down on the finish line at Waipa Hub. It was wet, very wet. Puddles everywhere. The rain falls hard and fast in Rotorua, all of a sudden. And then it’s gone. And then it comes back again. The rain in Rotorua is not


Tides of emotions

Emerald pool after emerald pool, trout, deer, and changing weather patterns. A scope out high over the Kaweka and Kaimanawa Ranges this morning brought into context just the magnificence of the area these GODZone Chapter 9 teams are gracing. Race Director Adam Fairmaid said it was interesting to see how spread out all the teams


All about feet and pace

GODZone Chapter 9 is not easing up, and neither is the pace nor the anticipation. In a ‘normal’ sport, one would say you could safely bet your bottom dollar that Avaya (56) will reach Waipa Hub in the Redwoods first, most probably on Wednesday morning. But as Race Director Adam Fairmaid says, adventure racing is


A sure shuffle for those chasing the leaders

Behind the current podium potentials there’s a few shifts going on. It looks like Ataraxia MACPAC (01) and Racer’s Edge – Powered by Torpedo 7 (21) are spending Monday evening and night taking turns in the fourth and fifth spots over the Te Iringa Track and Mohaka River. Both teams are very well respected by


You just have to believe

It’s at this stage of the race that doubt starts to creep in for some teams, as to whether they will make the cut off or not. Day Two has just about come to an end, with the top half of the field on the Stage 4 rogaine which takes them through the Whirinaki State


Lead teams sorting it out already

In true New Zealand style, the epic nature of the world’s biggest adventure race, GODZone, was heightened by an earthquake that decided to jump on in and shake things up. At 2.27am this morning a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, one of three in fact, hit 100 kilometres east of Te Araroa in the North Island. Even


Event Director Warren Bates talks Chapter 9 (AUDIO)


Event Director Warren Bates talks Chapter 8


It’s Canterbury!

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Friday 1st June 2018 For immediate release   CANTERBURY TO HOST GODZONE CHAPTER 8 Canterbury, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki – Mount Cook, has today been announced as the host location for Chapter 8 of GODZone, the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race. The seven-day international


GODZone to Canterbury

MEDIA RELEASE Some of the world’s toughest adventure racers are coming to Canterbury to participate in the challenging GODZone event. The event is an extreme cross-country challenge where mixed teams travel day and night across approximately 500km of some of New Zealand’s toughest terrain over a seven day period. Hundreds of domestic and international participants


In the cave


Chris Forne states intentions for Chapter 7


Adventure 1 Event in Whangamata

PRESS RELEASE From Adventure 1 New Zealand For immediate release Saturday 11th November 2017   FAST PACED WHANGAMATA ADVENTURE RACE ACTION ON EAST COAST The Whangamata coastline is abuzz this morning with 77-adventure racing teams competing in the Bivouac Outdoors Whangamata Adventure Race. Overcast conditions and a choppy two-meter coastal swell have made for a dynamic


A1 NEW ZEALAND WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE

PRESS RELEASE From Adventure 1 New Zealand For immediate release Monday 6th September 2017   A1 NEW ZEALAND WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE The A1 New Zealand Adventure Racing series has launched a brand new website today ushering in a new era for the sport. The series is a partner with A1 Australia and shares a mandate


RICHIE MCCAW & PwC GODZone TEAM TO VISIT TE ANAU

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand For immediate release Tuesday 7th November 2017   RICHIE MCCAW & PwC TEAM TO HOST SCHOOL ASSEMBLY WITH TE ANAU STUDENTS All Black legend Richie McCaw and his PwC Adventure Racing team are heading to Te Anau next week for some exploration in the Fiordland bush and to


A1 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS TO RACE AT GODZONE

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand For immediate release Friday 27th October 2017   A1 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONS THUNDERBOLT AR TO RACE AT GODZONE A trans-Tasman battle is looming between Australian and New Zealand adventure racing teams as GODZone prepares to welcome the first A1 Australia Champions to compete at Chapter 7 in Fiordland next


A1 New Zealand gets underway this weekend

From Adventure 1 NZ Series For immediate release Thursday 12th October 2017      FIRST RACE IN NEW ZEALAND’S A1 ADVENTURE RACING SERIES GETS UNDERWAY IN TARANAKI THIS WEEKEND Persistent widespread rain across Taranaki has done little to dampen the spirits of the organising team behind this weekend’s inaugural Marokopa Munter. The 24-hour adventure race kicks off at