Last Friday one of the premiere adventure races in the world got underway in New Zealand. That’s where the GODZone Adventure Race has been unfolding over the past few days covering more than 530 km (330 miles) through some of the remote and wild regions that make that country so famous. Coed teams of four have been battling it out on a course that includes trail running, mountain biking, and paddling that have tested competitors at every turn.
While some of the coed teams of four remain out on the course, the podium has already been set. The winning team crossed the finish line in just 3 days, 12 hours, and 44 minutes with Team Yealands Family Wines claiming victory. They were followed by Team Swordfox claiming second place 4 hours back, and Team Torpedo finishing third more than 16 hours behind the winners.
Most of the teams in the race are from New Zealand, which gave them a decidedly home-field advantage. But teams from the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Sweden, and Japan have all been competing, with the top foreign finisher being American team Adventure Medical Kits.
GODZone is the second race in the 2016 Adventure Racing World Series
. The next event is scheduled to take place in Chile in just a few weeks time, with five other races on the schedule for the rest of the season. The top teams will gather in Australia in November to crown an ARWS champion for the year.
Congratulations to the winning team at GODZone for completing the course in such a quick time. That was an impressive performance to say the least.
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