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Spring Challenge


Fri 26 Sep 2014, 3:00pm–11:00pm
Sun 28 Sep 2014, 12:00am–12:00pm

Where: Hokitika Beach, Weld Lane and Beach Street, Hokitika, Westland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: nathan54

What is the Spring Challenge?

It's an Adventure Race.

What is an Adventure Race?

An Adventure Race is an event that combines a number of adventure sports. In most cases these are hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. However, many sports fall under the category of adventure and adventure racing can contain them, such as rafting, horse riding, caving, skiing, canoeing, glacier travel, climbing, abseiling, sailing ... you get the idea. Navigation is a key component that wraps any adventure race.

The sport officially started in NZ in 1989, a French organised event called the Grand Traverse. Adventure racing events can range from 2-hour races up to 10-days. The World Adventure Racing Championships aims for the winning team to take 100-hours, these races are non-stop.

The Spring Challenge was the idea of one of New Zealand's most experienced adventure racers, Nathan Fa'avae. With over a decade of racing internationally at the highest level, he wanted to attract more women into the sport and believed more women wanted adventure experiences but were not being catered for well enough. The Spring Challenge started in 2007 attracting 330-women. Since then every event has had over 500, twice filling at maximum capacity at 600. The 2012 in Queenstown had a record field of 930-women racing.

The Spring Challenge is for women only. It involves rafting, mountain biking and hiking. Teams are made up of 3-women. The teams navigate their way through a series of control points using a map and compass.

There are 3-events, a 3-hour, 6-hour and 9-hour. These are targeted winning times give or take. Essentially, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Each team needs a support crew to move their equipment from one stage to the next, Transition Areas. Here the team will change gear and re fuel, quickly!

The aim of the Spring Challenge is to promote adventure, healthy living and environmental appreciation. It is also a vehicle for women to gain confidence, learn new skills, take some risks, work towards a goal, feel achievement and most importantly, enjoy themselves through challenge, team work and nature.

The event caters for the very first timers and the seasoned Spring Challengers, if you've read this far, you can do it!