Whai Ora Spirited Women – All women’s Adventure Race: Early February e-news

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Whai Ora Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race

EXCITING NEWS – WHAI  ORA BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR OF THE SPIRITED WOMEN – ALL WOMEN’S ADVENTURE RACE

We are thrilled and super excited to welcome on board Whai Ora as title sponsor of the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race moving forward.

Whai Ora is an exciting new product from industry-leading Maori-owned dairy company Miraka, Whai Ora is the pursuit of wellbeing: and it is the pursuit of wellbeing that inspired Miraka to embark on a quest throughout Aotearoa to discover the finest New Zealand-grown produce; and to create a range of great tasting, easy to mix, real-food smoothie blends. Every Spirited Woman will have an exclusive, pre-launch opportunity to sample these delicious smoothies each day over race weekend.

The new partnership perfectly aligns with the ethos and values of the event. We feel blessed to have a brand on board as title sponsor who stand for everything we believe in and are trying to promote. The synergies between Whai Ora and Spirited Women are really remarkable. The assimilation was a perfect match and we are so looking forward to working with them in encouraging a pursuit of wellbeing.

Miraka CEO Richard Wyeth is excited to share the Whai Ora story with the Spirited Women Competitors. “By entering the Whai Ora Spirited Women adventure race the competitors have shown the same pursuit of wellbeing as we have in developing our range of natural smoothie blends,” says Richard.  “It’s a great fit and I’m sure they’ll have as much fun enjoying our smoothies as they have competing in the race.”

UPDATED ENTRY LIST & TEAM WAVE START TIMES

The festive season and January has seen changes in teams and teammates, so if you would like to check out the latest Team Entry List and Wave Start Order you can now do so here –

For the Team entry list – click here

For the Team Wave Start Order – click here

If you have new confirmed team-mates or wish to make changes to team emergency contact details, your team captain can do this by simply logging back onto their EventPlus profile here.

BIG HELLO TO FURTHER NEW SPONSORS ON BOARD FOR 2017

In addition to the announcement of our wonderful title sponsor Whai Ora, we are also stoked to announce the addition of seven new great brands to the greater family of event sponsors.

New Major Sponsors – World Expeditions  (joining returning Expedio & Great Lake Taupo at the Major Sponsorship Level)

New Associate Sponsors – Merrell and WalkOn (joining returning Camelbak, Liv, Thir, Starboard & Brancotte Estate Flight at the Associate Sponsor Level)

New Supporting Sponsors – Viking kayaks, Zeenya, Em’s Power Cookies and Say Yes To Adventure (joining returning Ground Effect, Vitaco with Musashi, and Goodbye Ouch, Timber Trail Lodge & Frooze Balls at Supporting Sponsor Level)

New Friends –  POC (Joining returning Skinfood; Ecostore, Cere’s Organics, Red Seal, Chalky Digits, Tui Balms, Fitbit, Havana, Wilderness Magazine, kokako, Day Two , Dole and Let’s Ride).

2017 ALTERNO COUGAR MUMMAS & ALTERNO ADVENTURE SQUAD TEAM TRAINING BLOGS

The Alterno Foundation has generously sponsored both the Cougar Mummas and Adventure Squad teams into the 2017 Whai Ora Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race in Taupo. In return each team are writing a monthly blog, capturing the journey from taking the plunge to enter, through to competing in their first Adventure Race. Here is your opportunity to check out each team’s adventures along the way, find out you are not alone, and gain the inspiration and confidence that you are on the right track and you can do this too.

Here are their latest blogs:

January blog:

  • Alterno Adventure Squad – Uncovering our strengths and weaknesses – click here

December Blogs:

  • Alterno Cougar Mummas – We came, we saw, we freaked out a little bit, but we kicked its ass anyway – click here

November blogs:

  • Alterno Cougar Mummas – Holly shit, here we go – click here
  • Alterno Adventure Squad – Getting started – Click here

October blogs:

  • Alterno Cougar Mummas – See you on the other side smiling – click here
  • Alterno Adventure Squad – It’s going to be a wild ride, yeeeeeeeha!  – click here

FREE MONTHLY TRAINING PROGRAMES AND TRAINING TIPS ARE IN FULL FLIGHT

All women interested in receiving the Free Monthly Whai Ora Spirited Women Training Programmes and Regular Training Tips from James Kuegler Coaching can subscribe here.

The Long Course Training Programme is 20 Weeks in duration, the Medium Course Training Programme is 16 Weeks in duration and the Short Course Training Programme is 12 Weeks in duration. Training Tips start from the end of the month.

Here is the schedule of emails –

Nov 10. Training Programme Email for Nov 14 – Dec 11 Training Programme (Long Course)

Nov 25. Training Tips Email. Getting Started & Safety Outdoors

Dec 8. Training Programme Email for Dec 12 – Jan 8 Training Programmes (Medium & Long Courses)

Dec 22. Training Tips Email. Summer Nutrition & Summer Training

Jan 5. Training Programme Email for Jan 9 – Feb 5 Training Programmes (Short, Medium & Long Courses)

Jan 19. Training Tips Email. Navigation & Running Technique

Feb 2. Training Programme Email for Feb 6 – Apr 5 Training Programmes (Short, Medium & Long Courses)

Feb 9. Training Tips Email. Navigation & Running Technique

Feb 16. Training Tips Email. Maintaining Momentum

Mar 2. Training Programme Email for Mar 6 – Apr 2 Training Programmes (Short, Medium & Long Courses)

Mar 16. Training Tips Email. Taper & Final Preparation.

Links to the content of each email will be placed on the event website “Preparation” page under ‘James Keugler Coaching’.

BOOKINGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COACHING WEBINARS AND SKILLS TRAINING SESSIONS

This year James Kuegler Coaching is teaming up with Victoria Stuart from StarBoard/SUPSNZ and Rachel Smith from Navigation North to bring you a more comprehensive and interactive series of coaching webinars and skills training sessions to assist with your teams preparation towards the 2017 event.

Here is how the schedule of events looks –

Feb 2. Spirited Women Webinar: Topic – Getting Started

Feb 18 – 19. Spirited Women Training Sessions:  Navigation Skills & AR Clinics (Auckland)

Feb 26. Spirited Women Training Session: Mountain Biking Skills & Bike Maintenance (Auckland)

Mar 4. Spirited Women Training Session: Stand Up Paddle Skills Workshop (Auckland)

Mar 16. Spirited Women Webinar: Topic – Final Preparation

Mar 19. Spirited Women Training Session. Event Simulation (Auckland)

Bookings for these are now available on the event Website preparation page under ‘James Keugler Coaching’. A small fee will apply per event.

NOW THERE ARE FOUR NAVIGATION CLINICS AND ROGAINS – 2 x Auckland, Central North Island (Taupo) & now Wellington

Rachel Smith of Navigation North and Orienteering Bay of Plenty will be running some skills based navigation and adventure racing clinics. The clinics run for 2 ½ hours and will include basic map skills including reading and understanding, using a compass, route choice and map preparation, team work as well as other adventure race specific skills. Each clinic will be followed by a 2hr Rogaine on a nearby area (note: more experienced teams can just come along to do the Rogaine, but will still need to register). There are limited spots available for each clinic so register early for a place.

Dates (Locations to be confirmed):

  • Auckland – two clinics on 18th & 19th February
  • Central North Island (Taupo) on 26th February
  • Wellington on 5th March

Times:
Navigation/Adventure race skills clinic – 9.30am – 12pm
Rogaine (2hrs) — 1 – 3pm (Must be in team of 2 or more)

Please email Rachel (navigationnorth@hotmail.com) to confirm your spot and arrange payment or if you have any questions.

In time, further details will be posted on the Navigation North Facebook page here. Cost per person – $45 for both Clinic and Rogaine or $20 for Rogaine.

DISCOUNT OFFER TO HELP YOU BRUSH UP YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS

Mountain biking is awesome because you can enjoy it with your friends, meet new people, explore the nature and challenge yourself to get better. Let Annika Smail can help you gain more confidence and control and become more efficient at riding your bike around corners, up and down hills. What’s more, Annika is offering all 2017 Spirited Women participants 10% off for skills lessons with her up to the event.

SPONSORS OFFER PACKAGE DEALS ON SUPS

FUNDRAISE TO HELP MOVE OVER CANCER & WIN

The Whai Ora Spirited Women Adventure Race has formed a relationship with PINC & STEEL – Cancer Rehabilitation Trust.

The PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Programs provide individualised, prescribed rehabilitation to women and men diagnosed with cancer; helping them heal as well as possible, and function at optimal levels through every stage of their treatment and recovery. They are specifically designed to help maximise recovery, regain physical and emotional strength, and improve body confidence and control.

The spirited Women everyday hero fundraising campaign is now live at www.everydayhero.co.nz/event/Spiritedwomen 

We encourage teams to set-up an ‘Everyday Hero’ fundraising site at the link above and raise money for the cause.

To motivate you to fundraise we have teamed with our event sponsors to offer a wonderful prize for the team with the greatest number of donations and the team who raises the most money. Get into it!

PARTING WORDS

What a crazy month January has been with a securing a title sponsor and many more great lower level sponsors. The second running of the now Whai Ora Spirited Women’s Adventure Race in Taupo in two months time is gearing up to be something truly special for all involved. With plenty more to do to get set for the big event weekend, we will leave the newsletter here and wish your team more sunny happy training days together this coming month.

Kindest regards…  Neil, Katrine & Heather.

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