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Party time in Queenstown for Compaq

Party time in Queenstown for Compaq 50K of Coronet ski race

QUEENSTOWN (14 July).

- Preparations are under way in this ski resort town to transform the lakeside Steamer Wharf into a festive headquarters for the endurance ski race which will be the centrepiece of the Air New Zealand Queenstown Winter Festival next week.

Rivalry in the village is expected to be just as intense as on the mountain where eight teams of international ski racers will compete non-stop for 16 hours in the COMPAQ 50K of Coronet.

Down in town, four premises have adopted two teams each and will fly flags for their favourites during what has been dubbed the Kawarau Jet "Rock for the Racers" party.

All the bars and restaurants will be dressed up for the occasion reflecting the different nationalities competing in the race.

"Fraser's" is supporting Canada and Australia, "Lagos" has adopted Spain and Team Kiwi, Germany and Sweden belong to "Boardwalk" and the "19th" has Team New Zealand and Slovenia.

The Compaq 50K starts at 6 pm on Monday 17 July and finishes at 10 am on Tuesday 18 July.

Racers will cover more than 50,000 vertical metres (50K) at speeds up to 130 kmh.

A feature of the "Rock for the Racers" party will be the live broadcast of the race beamed direct from the mountain, using state of the art technology .

Race sponsor Compaq has lent its expertise and resources to set up an Internet web-site (www.compaq50k.co.nz) which will stream live video, race details and statistics.

Each of the four bars has been provided with a Compaq iPAQ Internet PC to keep patrons up-to-date with the latest from Coronet Peak.

"The Steamer Wharf will be the place to be if you're not on the mountain," says Fraser Skinner, director of the Compaq 50K of Coronet event.

"To be able to watch the race downtown as it happens is a fantastic opportunity.

" Compaq 50K website operator Paul Monteith says hosting the web site at Coronet Peak and linking with broadcast video has been challenging to set up.

Special equipment has been installed to record racers times as they cross the line.

"People anywhere in the world will be able to see it.

It is the first time we have done a live global broadcast like this and it will be an interesting and challenging exercise", says Monteith.

Internet users can access preview information and watch the race live on http://www.compaq50k.co. nz A documentary is being made during the race by Action television which will be screened on Sky TV's Sports Channels in August.

About Compaq Compaq Computer Corporation is the largest supplier of computing systems in the world.

Compaq designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs.

Compaq products and services are sold in more than 200 countries, primarily to customers from the business, home, government, and education sectors.

Up-to-date information about the COMPAQ 50K of Coronet, plus information about Compaq and its products and services, is available at http://www.compaq50k.co.nz Compaq is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Further information: Wayne Cafe Event Director 025-350 411 compaq50k@clear.net.nz

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