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

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Whai Ora Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race

COUNT DOWN TO THE EVENT WEEKEND BEGINS

We know what you’re thinking – ‘OMG – One month to go’. Fact is we are too. In a way it’s both scary and exciting. Scary how fast it has come up and exciting it’s almost upon us. Wow – have we an adventure planned for you!

In this e-news you will find a tonne of important material, so be sure to take some time to absorb it all.

UPDATED RACE RULES

We have just given the race rules a tweak to align with the Whai Ora Spirited Women Adventure Race course we have planned for you all in Taupo. We strongly encourage you to read through them thoroughly so you are familiar with them come race day. Please click here.

ANSWERS TO FAQ

Q – Do we require a support crew?

A – No. That’s right, you read correctly, the 2017 Whai Ora Spirited Woman Adventure Race in Taupo will be unsupported. Therefore teams will be not require nor are allowed to receive support crew assistance during the race. This means teams have to be self-sufficient, transitioning from discipline to discipline themselves and prohibited from receiving outside assistance during the course of their race.

Q – Are spectators welcome?

A – Yes. Whilst you don’t have to rope in a support crew, we welcome and encourage supporters (husbands, kids, partners, family and friends) to accompany teams to Taupo in a spectating capacity. Supporters are free to cheer on and take photos of Spirited Women at points during their adventure, and there will be plenty of spots along the course to view the race.

Q – Can we get away with just one vehicle?

A – Yes – Provided your vehicle can carry all four bikes, the team members & gear.  Whilst the start and finish are not in the same location they are only 8km apart. This means if your team only has one vehicle (or require 2 vehicles to transport all four team members gear and bikes to the start) then either one member must either
1). Bike from the finish back to the start;
2).  Find another team member heading back to the start in a vehicle to car pool with – most advisable… do not be afraid to ask around; or
3). Catch a taxi back to the start.

Q – Where do we find the compulsory gear list?

A – Here

Q – Do we require headlights if we are doing the short or medium course?

A – Yes. Regardless of how long you believe it will take your team to complete the course you have entered, every team member must carry a headlight and spare set of fresh batteries.

Q – Must we have bike lights?

A – Yes. A front (white) and rear (red) light are compulsory on every bike and it is NZ Law to have them on before sunrise and after sunset. We advise every woman mount these to their bikes before the start; even tape them on for peace of mind so they do not bounce/rattle lose; so they are always on your bike.

Q – Do we have to carry all our race food and water for the duration of the race?

A – Yes and no respectively. Yes, you will need to carry from the start all food and electrolytes with you that you believe you will need to complete the race. There are places along the course where your water supplies may be topped up. These will be marked on the competitors race map.

LIVE ONLINE ENTRY LIST

If you would like to check out the live at the moment Whai Ora Spirited Women Team Entry List, you can now do so here.

TEAM WAVE START TIMES

Special note: If you have changed your team name or team members recently these changes may not have been transferred to this file. Please don’t worry. This document is more to give you your race start time than anything else. It will be updated for accuracy purposes after Friday 17th March (the last time your team captain can log on and make changes to your team details).

For the Team Wave Start Order – click here.

TEAM CHANGES

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. Note: This will automatically update the live online team entry list but not the Team Wave Start Times document.

EVENT SPONSOR MERRELL NZ IS OFFERING AN INCREDIBLE DEAL ON ALLOUT TERRA TRAIL SHOES

Adventure company Merrell know just how important the right footwear can be on race day! Merrell’s All Out Terra Trail shoe provides 360° protection from rock and debris as you dig into rugged terrain. It also has a built-in sock liner and deep, 6mm diamond pattern lugs for awesome traction and stability.

Merrell are offering these amazing shoes to our Spirited Women at a super-special discounted price of $139.00 (usually $249.00). Order your shoes online from www.merrell.co.nz  using the code SPIRITEDWOMEN at checkout.

Offer valid until Friday 17th March 2017 or until sold out, so get in quick. Limit one per customer.

WHAI ORA SPIRITED WOMEN CLOTHING IS COMING

Below is a sneak design preview of the Whai Ora Spirited Women trail jersey and shorts we hope to land pre-event. We plan to have 50 units of each in varying sizes available for purchase at the event Registration Expo at a one-time only special price of $74 for the jersey, $84 for the shorts or $149 for the pair.

Note: One complete set of each size will be kept as a sample for sizing purposes, so if you miss out getting an item in your size and we can take your order, do a second print run and courier them out to you post-race. No pre-expo orders sorry.

SPONSORS SPOT PRIZE PRODUCT

O.K. So continuing with sneak previews, here’s a few items you will find on the Spot Prize stage –

LIV Pigue 3 – No weaknesses, fast up, fast down. The versatile Cross Country Trail Bike with an affinity for speed.

Viking Kayaks 2+1 kayak – The ideal kayak for those wanting the versatility of a double kayak that can be easily paddled solo too. This complete package comes with two free comfortable backrest seats, paddles and life vests (no shown), so you’re set to go!

THINK OF ALL OUR WONDERFUL EVENT SPONSORS

Undoubtedly the best way you can show appreciation for the wonderful event sponsors who have got behind this fantastic event is to purchase their brands when shopping. Only when working together can we all gain strength. So with one another’s support, let’s work to all build a better life.

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 the team’s latest February blogs:

February blog:

  • Alterno Adventure Squad – Stepping it up – click here
  • Alterno Cougar Mummas – When life gets in the way – click here

All previous monthly blogs can be found  on the event website preparation page here

FREE MONTHLY TRAINING PROGRAMES AND TRAINING TIPS ARE IN FULL FLIGHT

If you’re interested in receiving the Free Monthly Whai Ora Spirited Women Training Programmes and Regular Training Tips from James Kuegler Coaching you can subscribe here.

All past training programs and training tips are available on the event website preparation page here under ‘James Keugler Coaching’.

Below is the coming email schedule-

  • Mar 2. Training Programme Email for Mar 6 – Apr 2 Training Programmes (Short, Medium & Long Courses)
  • Mar 16. Training Tips Email. Taper & Final Preparation.

BOOKINGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COACHING WEBINARS AND SKILLS TRAINING SESSIONS

This year James Kuegler Coaching are 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 remaining schedule of events looks –

  • Mar 4. Spirited Women Training Session: Stand Up Paddle Skills Workshop (Auckland) – Book here
  • Mar 16. Spirited Women Webinar: Topic – Final Preparation – Book here
  • Mar 19. Spirited Women Training Session. Event Simulation (Auckland) – Book here

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.

Final Date (Location to be confirmed):

  • 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)

Cost per person – $45 for both Clinic and Rogaine or $20 for Rogaine.

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

Further details are available on the Navigation North Facebook page here.

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

If January was a crazy month, February has been nothing other than mental!  With the second running of the now Whai Ora Spirited Women’s Adventure Race in Taupo now just one month away there is little time for even the bare essentials like sleeping. We are busy working day and night to get through the workload and deliver a truly awesome event for you at the end of the month.

We would appreciate it if you could read the website thoroughly as all the information you need to know before arriving at the event registration expo is on there.

We wish your team some good sunny last training days together as you make your final preparations for the race. Take care.

Kindest regards…  Neil, Katrine & Heather.

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