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North Face Peak to Peak Top prizes up for grabs

North Face Peak to Peak Top prizes up for grabs


All athletes competing in this year's The North Face Peak to Peak will be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes including North Face products and nzski.com season passes.

The North Face Peak to Peak is a fun multi sport race which traverses a course from the top of the Remarkables ski area, through Queenstown and up to Coronet Peak.

Major sponsor The North Face is offering a large amount of prizes and great gear to assist athletes in their sporting endeavors.

nzski.com who have supported the event since its inception is providing two season passes for the first man and woman across the finish line, and many day passes will also be given out as prizes. Other sponsor offers include: dinners at the Loaded Hog, Qtn Gym passes, ski related equipment from K2 and Smith, kayak technique training and much more.

Entries for this year's race on Saturday 22 July have been flowing in from teams and individuals across the South Island. There has been a good mix of entries from some renowned athletes as well as first timers rising to the challenge and seeing if they have what it takes.

"There are some impressive teams and individuals entered from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, and although entry is open right up until race day we would like to encourage athletes to get their entries in now, or take advantage of the registration on Friday night at the R & R Sports shop in Queenstown" says race organiser Geoff Hunt.

The race starts at 12.00 noon high on the Remarkables ski field with a 2km ski or snow board to the Remarkables access road. A 17km mountain bike down the road takes competitors to the edge of Lake Wakatipu in Frankton for a 7km paddle in to Queenstown Bay. From downtown Queenstown the final two race stages are a 9km run to the new transition area at Coronet Alpine Hotel and then a 9km bike ride up to the finish line at Coronet Peak.

The race is exciting for spectators too, whether down in Queenstown Bay as the paddlers arrive to tag the runners before they sprint off towards Coronet Alpine Hotel, or on the finish line as the athletes happily reach the line after their grueling bike ride up Coronet Peak access road.

Race categories for individuals include male, female and veteran. Teams can enter the open division or female, male, mixed, business house and veteran. Team numbers can be between two and five people.

Entries are available at all good sports stores, sponsor outlets and the Southern Traverse office or on their site www.southerntraverse.com/peak2peak
For further information or pictures free for use, please contact the Southern Traverse office. Ph: 03 441 8215 email: traverse@queenstown.co.nz

The North Face Peak to Peak is supported by the following sponsors:The Loaded Hog, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, More FM, Queenstown Night 'n Day, R & R Sport, Queenstown Gym, Summerfield's Frankton Pharmacy, K2 Skis, Smith Eyewear, Kawarau Jet, Leppin, Peak Projects and New Zealand Multisport.


Some additional Notes:

Strongest individual that we know of: Eric Billoud, who's also a Vet
Otherwise, who knows! Richard Ussher is away in Europe, and Steve Gurney may compete...

Teams:
A bit more predictable:
Top Sport Titans, from Chch, Scott Melhop, Sarge, Dave Hunter, Mark Wilson and Jack Barnes

Outside Sport Marmot. from Qtn, Geoff Small, Stephen Popenhagen, John Knight, Chris Dagg and Lee Chapman

Cycle Surgery Central, Ashley Murphy, Adam Kirk, Seb Stall, Dan Murphy, Steve Sharpe from Qtn and Otago


Greenfingers Landscaping, QTN, Willy Hunt, Simon Hunt, John Thompson, Amadee Scheele, Sean Haggarty

Female team: Top Sport Hot As, from Chch with Sarah Jarvis, Sheryl McLeod, Emily Miarga, Clare Goodwin, Alison Shanks

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