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Posted by on Oct 8, 2017


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We are really pleased at the response to the 2018 Whai Ora Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. We are officially sold out!

But if you missed out on an entry, make sure to get on the waitlist. As we drew nearer to the 2017 event, a number of teams were sadly forced to pull out as a result of injury, illness or changing circumstances. We actually exhausted the full waitlist filling those spaces in 2017 so it is absolutely worth getting your team on the list, and keeping up the training just in case.

Register for the waitlist here.


Our water-based activity is going to be a bit different in 2018 – we’ll be kayaking! The boats we’re using are double sit-on-top kayaks with padded seats like that pictured below and in the link here.

Over the next few months, we will be working with paddling outfits and hire companies around the country to organise opportunities for Spirited Women to participate in coaching and training sessions in these (or similar) boats. We’ll post details of these sessions on our Facebook page, and provide details in upcoming newsletters.


With a sell-out event, we are likely to fill most available accommodation options in the Whakatane and Ohope regions. We know that many teams have been getting in early to book their team basecamp for the weekend, and encourage any teams who haven’t yet, to move fast if they want their pick. Options include apartments, motels, lodges, baches, backpackers, holiday parks and campgrounds. Whakatane i-Site have compiled a list of available options over event weekend and have offered their assistance if you are struggling to find something. Call or email the team on 0800 942 528 or here.


To all those brave women who accepted our challenge to complete the long course in 2018, and received their “free kit” voucher, this is a reminder that you need to get your team order in to us before midnight Monday 31st July. This will set us up to deliver your teams four selected items by courier in October (if not before), so you have them in time for some cool summer training adventures together.

How to place your order for your teams kit –

  • Long Course Team Captains will have received a unique promotional code by email (please contact us if your team has not received one of these).
  • The code can be used once only, so it is important that the entire team order is processed as a single ‘purchase’ through the online shop. Have your team mates check the online shop link here to select whether they’d like Trail shorts or a Trail jersey, and size.
  • Jump onto the online shop here.
  • Fill your cart with your teams selections, then enter your unique promotional code which will clear the price to $0.00.
  • Confirm order and you’re done!

DON’T FORGET – Please place your teams order in one single transaction before 12 midnight on 31st July 2017.


We’ll be doing a last production order of Whai Ora Spirited Women team kit in August. So if you’ve been hunting for some super comfy riding clothes, we’ve got our Trail jersey and shorts available again at our EXPO special low price. The sale will finish at the end of July, so this is your last chance to grab a set in time for Spring training to start in earnest.

Available through our event shop here.


It’s winter and the race is 9 months away, but the Dare 2 Sweat Events team is now well into the mammoth task of organising the 2018 Whai Ora Spirited Women – All women’s Adventure race in the Whakatane Ohope District. We are working on bringing some cool new things into the event this year which we are sure you’ll both love and find a real novelty.  More will be revelled as the event draws closer. Until then, don’t let winter keep you indoors… get out, breath in the cold fresh air and feel alive.

Kindest regards…  Neil, Katrine & Heather

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