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We are absolutely delighted and proud to announce that leading New Zealand child health research funder, Cure Kids, has been named as the recipient charity of GODZone. As our event continues to grow and thrive we have been considering for some time how we can use our strong domestic and international platform for the greater good. By choosing Cure Kids as our official charity recipient we aim to help raise funds and awareness of the vital child health research they fund each year.

Our alignment with Cure Kids is something that hopefully will inspire our adventure racing community to rally behind and help raise funds for this important research. We will be actively encouraging teams and their family, friends and supporters to get behind our recipient charity and spread the word about the great work they are doing. Cure Kids funds research into cures and better treatments for a wide range of childhood illnesses. These include cot death (SUDI), stillbirth, leukaemia, rheumatic heart disease, asthma, inherited heart conditions and mental health conditions.

You, the competitors, face some tough challenges out in the wilderness and inspire tens of thousands of viewers watching your stoic progress on the Live Coverage site. However, this is nothing compared to the challenges some children and their families face on a day-to-day basis. We hope that by choosing Cure Kids as our recipient charity that you will be inspired to make a difference and also put your own race induced suffering into some kind of perspective.

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Jorja Sharp – Cure Kids Ambassador

Jorja lives with burns. Cure Kids helped fund research that enables skin grafts the size of a postage stamp to be grown into a metre of skin. Cure Kids is also currently funding new methods for treating burns through engineering full-thickness human skin. READ MORE >

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Jackson Howes – Cure Kids Ambassador

Jackson lives with an inoperable brain tumour. Brain tumours are the second most common cancer in young people after leukaemia. Cure Kids is funding research which aims to identify new ways of preventing brain tumours in children. READ MORE >

Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka

FEBRUARY 27th – MARCH 7th 2015

“A relaxed mountain town, with stunning scenery and a welcoming vibe.”

On the southern end of Lake Wanaka, situated in a dramatic glacial carved basin, is the stunning resort town of Wanaka with an active, friendly atmosphere. The World’s First Protected Lifestyle Reserve, with a population of just 7,000, it’s a spectacular natural playground and if you are into the outdoors, there is no better place to visit or to host GODZone. Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s premier gateways to the outdoors. With four ski resorts, a wide selection of mountain bike trails, endless walks and hikes over iconic trails, an abundance of water sports, and the Mt Aspiring National Park just up the road, outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice.

Wanaka hosts some of New Zealand’s best events and was the finish location for Eco Challenge back in 2001. With the course options available, history and community love of sport, it’s going to be another incredible adventure for everyone involved. Find out more about the Host Location.