GODZone, presented by 100% PURE Racing, is a multi-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race which is has been held previously between the months of February and April each year. The event is the biggest race of it’s kind in the World and widely regarded as the best. Registration will be opened to teams of four on the 1st of July 2016 with entry secured by submitting the online entry form, located on the Enter Now page and payment of the relevant event deposit. All teams should be aware that spaces at GODZone are strictly limited and entry can’t be guaranteed.
The next installment of GODZone will be known as Chapter 6 and will be hosted by the Southern Lakes District, which is located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The host venue will be the stunning mountain town of Queenstown. Previous chapters of the event have started from Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Kaikoura, Lake Wanaka and Kaiteriteri. GODZone uses a journey concept where teams are expected to traverse some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes with a logical pathway from start to finish.
Chapter 6 will follow the pattern of the previous event in Kaiteriteri in that it will be made up of two separate events, running under the one GODZone umbrella – GZ ‘Pure’ and GZ ‘Pursuit’. The GZ Pure event will run for 7 days and teams will be “unsupported”, which means they do not require their own support crews, with organisers moving all equipment and gear boxes around the course as necessary. The GZ Pursuit event will run for up to 7 days and teams will be supported, which means that they will need to provide a support crew. In both events all kayaks, canoes and certain other key items of equipment will be provided by the organisers.
Teams will be expected to navigate, trek, mountain bike, kayak and canoe over a vast array of different landscapes. Other disciplines may be included which will test the mental and physical skills of participants. The route will be highly demanding both technically and physically, testing teams in many different ways and those taking part in the event should not underestimate the importance of being well prepared. GODZone in New Zealand represents the pinnacle of adventure racing challenges, is the most technically demanding adventure race in the World and individuals who intend to take part in the event should plan accordingly.
Teams must pass through a series of mandatory checkpoints along the course before reaching the finish. Teams will be provided with marked maps and team handbook which will provide valuable insight into the challenges ahead. Competitors change from one mode of transportation to another at designated transition areas. Transition areas and some checkpoints are staffed with race officials and medical personnel, as well as volunteers from around the world. One of the unique aspects of GODZone is that the maps and course remain a secret to all the teams until just before the start.
Those taking on GODZone will be expected to travel day and night, with decisions to rest and sleep left solely to the discretion of the teams themselves. It is anticipated that the winning teams for the GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit events will take between three and four days to finish. Teams may be allowed to take as many as seven days to complete the GZ Pure & GZ Pursuit events. Both the GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit events will have a mid-race cut off which will shorten the route to ensure that all teams reach the finish line in the time allowed. Both courses close for GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit close on Saturday 4th of March 2017.