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Friday 18th May 2018

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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 will take part in New Zealand’s only multi-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race, presented by 100% PURE Racing.

ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris says the event will showcase Canterbury’s wild mountainous terrain where the truly adventurous flourish.

“We’re looking forward to hosting these local and international teams and their support crews as they push themselves to the extreme in some of the most epic untracked wilderness our region has to offer,” Ms Norris says.

“Our region is built on exploration and this hardcore event shows off our stunning landscapes and the athletes prepared to test themselves within it. This is the kind of wilderness exploration we love in Christchurch – after all we are surrounded by the mountains and the sea.

These teams will be navigating, trekking, mountain biking and kayaking over a vast array of different landscapes. To add to the challenge, the route is kept secret from teams until the day before the race.

Ms Norris says hosting events like these is reflective of Christchurch and Canterbury’s adventurous spirit.

“Working alongside ChristchurchNZ, to bring GODZone Chapter 8 to Canterbury, has been been an excellent collaboration. We are very much looking forward to bringing the world’s largest expedition adventure race to the region. Christchurch and the wider district has been the lifeblood of multisporters for the last 30 years. We look forward to showcasing why this region offers so much to those who love adventure and the great outdoors.”

says GODZone Race Director Warren Bates.

“Canterbury is a wonderfully diverse region with big, technical mountain ranges, iconic rivers and a stunning coastline that is rich with wildlife. These are the perfect ingredients for creating a stunning event for Kiwi and International competitors. The proximity to a major city, with its long standing relationship with sport, is also a major plus for event and competitors.”

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