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Spring Challenge

Spring Challenge

When:

  • Fri 18 Oct, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 19 Oct, 6:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun 20 Oct, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where:

Whanganui National Park, State Highway 43, Whanganui River

Restrictions:

R13

Ticket Information:

The Spring Challenge is a women's adventure race, a sporting contest in which teams compete in a race which involves running, mountain biking, rafting and elements of navigation and orienteering
The Spring Challenge is an adventure race for women which began in New Zealand in 2007.

It is a team event where 3-4 women do the entire course together, traveling through the stages as a unit - meaning - it is not a relay team where different team mates do different stages, in adventure racing, the whole team does everything.

Because navigation is a factor, each year the event has a brand new course in a different location, so even for the regular participants, it's always refreshed and exciting, plus there's not a big advantage over teams who are new comers to the sport.

Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where up to 450- teams of three or four women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.

The Spring Challenge is an adventure race for women which began in New Zealand in 2007. It is a team event where 3-4 women do the entire course together, traveling through the stages as a unit - meaning - it is not a relay team where different team mates do different stages, in adventure racing, the whole team does everything.

Because navigation is a factor, each year the event has a brand new course in a different location, so even for the regular participants, it's always refreshed and exciting, plus there's not a big advantage over teams who are new comers to the sport.

The first step of doing an adventure race is having an appetite for adventure and a desire to embark on a challenge. There are 3-main options for the event, 3, 6 and 9-hour options, plus categories within. Decide what suits your ability and taste best, then build a team of 3-women with a shared goal and ideally, similar ability.

Check the gear list and make sure you have or can source to equipment required for the event. You also need a support crew, 1-2 people who can drive a vehicle around the course area meeting you at various points to resupply and change equipment - but this depends on the course design and location, some years the event is 'self-supported', where you don't require a support crew.

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