Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Orion Health Godzone 2013 Nears Capacity

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand

Orion Health Godzone 2013 Nears Capacity

With almost five months still to go before the Orion Health GODZone kicks off in March, 2013 race organisers have been impressed with the level of entries and are signalling an early close due to the high demand for places.

Orion Health GODZone Adventure Co-Director Warren Bates says the decision has been driven by event entries exceeding expectations and by the successful launch of the Corporate Challenge event, run in conjunction with Starship Foundation.

“It’s fair to say that Chapter 1 (the 2012 event) generated a huge amount of interest and that’s flowed through into the next instalment. With the corporate challenge now in place, it has meant that we can consider wrapping things up for GODZone Chapter 2 much earlier than expected.”

Once again there has been strong demand from overseas teams with almost 40% of entries international in origin, covering South America, Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Australia along with teams from last years event.

Adventure racing teams who want to pit themselves against the best in the world will have the chance to race alongside current Adventure Racing World Champions, Seagate, Australia’s top AR team and crack Scandinavian racers, AXA-Adidas.

“These teams will be looking to conquer the notoriously difficult Kiwi terrain and also the Kiwis themselves, says Warren. We have announced significant prize money this year and a World Championship spot is up for grabs so it promises to be a compelling battle at the front of the field.”

The success of Chapter 1 has also meant a significant increase in media interest for next March’s event. There are currently five film companies seeking to cover the event which will ensure great coverage for those taking part and help promote New Zealand as the pre-eminent adventure racing location.

100% PURE Racing, the company behind the event, has continued developments and is making significant advances in it’s ground breaking live coverage site.

“We set the bar pretty high with last years coverage and the viewing figures and positive feedback was pretty phenomenal. It was amusing to receive a host of complaints that the live coverage platform was so utterly compelling that it was practically impossible to do anything remotely productive for the entire duration of the event. This years coverage will be even more advanced and we have some exciting developments that will allow the viewer to immerse themselves into the race as it unfolds,” says Warren.

With only a handful of slots remaining adventure racing teams are being encouraged to get their entries in now to avoid disappointment. To find out more about the Orion Health GODZone visit or the Facebook page at

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news