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Get ready to race, North Canterbury!

Lace up your running shoes and get ready for North Canterbury’s first adventure race on Saturday 29 August. 
It’s a race against the clock to find as many checkpoints as possible at a mystery location revealed on Friday, somewhere south of the Waimakariri River.

120 teams of about 340 people from up and down the country, including Geraldine and Kaikoura, will be competing in separate race category groups, no more than 100 participants per group, starting two hours apart complying with level two restrictions. 
Crazy Kea Events organiser Rod Thompson says he never expected this many people to register and was delighted by the results, a mix of families and high school students, 36 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams competing.
“This is our first time running it out here, we were hoping to get 200 so to get almost 350 we’re over the moon, it’s great.” 
Participants will have six hours to complete the race by bike and by foot - three hours for those new to adventure racing.
Winners will be announced by email and on social media after the event and will receive a medal and $1,000 worth of Bivouac outdoor equipment. 
After taking part in adventure racing events around New Zealand, Thompson realised adventure racing was not very popular in North Canterbury and decided to change that.
“It just seemed like there was a big gap, so I just thought it would be so cool to have a North Canterbury event that’s happening in our back garden.” 
Entries are now closed for the adventure race this Saturday, but Thompson says he is excited to be hosting more of these events annually for Cantabrians to take part in and is keen to see more people getting involved with adventure racing, because of its physical and mental health benefits.
“It’s out in the great outdoors, so you’re going to see some parts of North Canterbury that you don’t normally see. We’re currently talking to some farmers about farmlands that we could use for future events, places where you’d never get to go otherwise, but where there’s awesome scenery. We’ve got so much amazing country just right on our doorstep, we’ve got the beaches, the rivers, the hills, we hope that people will get out and challenge themselves and have fun!” 

Find out more about this event at Bivouac Outdoor North Canterbury Adventure Race

For future adventure racing events check out Crazy Kea Events at https://www.crazykeaevents.nz/

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