1,200 outgoing Kiwi women who embody the pursuit of wellness will test themselves and their friendships on an unknown course in the great outdoors


Whakatane-Ohope,  March 17,  2018

Online entries for the 2018 Whai Ora Spirited Women Adventure Race, to be held in the stunning coastal region of Whakatane and Ohope, open 7am on 1 June 2018. The event takes place on 17th March 2018, and is expected to attract a huge field of outgoing, adventurous women from all across New Zealand, and as far away as Malaysia and the Philippines.

The Whai Ora Spirited Women Adventure Race is a huge social event where 360 teams of 4 women take part in a short, medium or long course adventure in the great outdoors. Teams have no idea where this adventure will take them until the night before the race. Competing women will then tackle new challenges together including kayaking, mountain-biking, trekking, navigation, coasteering, plus surprise mystery activities, and experience a little pampering either side.

Entries for the 2018 event are limited to 360 teams with available spots limited within each course category. There are 180 short course entries up for grabs, 120 medium course entries, and only 60 long course entries. Teams wanting their choice of course length will need to act fast to secure their place.

Event Director Neil Gellatly and Event organiser Heather Logie are hard at work designing a challenging but rewarding course for 2018. “The course is really coming together with some exciting elements planned for the 2018 event including an adventure film festival and some challenging new experiences and navigational choices, especially for those women stepping up to tackle the long course” says Logie. The 2018 event will be an unsupported format meaning teams do not need a support crew.

Whakatāne District Council is a major sponsor of the event and Events and Tourism Advisor, Nicola Burgess says “The event is a great fit with our active and outdoorsy community and I’m sure there will be lots from local women who are up for the challenge.”

Similar to both previous event years, first-timers will also have a chance to have their entry refunded by the Alterno Foundation. The Alterno Foundation wants to see more women participating in physical activities and for them to be able to recharge their batteries from their busy lives as mothers, friends, partners and professionals. “Applying teams will still need to enter early to secure their place and then apply to the Alterno Foundation and be prepared to share their journey to the start line on 17th March in a monthly blog” explains Gellatly.

Early Bird entry prices are available for a limited two-week period until midnight 13th June 2017 and start at $1,080 ($270 per team mate) for the short course event. Standard entry prices will then carry through until the end of July. “Committing early ensures teams can really plan and train for the event, and we have partnered with some fantastic skills development providers to help women build confidence in readiness for the race” says Gellatly.

Team captains can secure an entry early even if they haven’t confirmed all team members. All they will need is an appetite for adventure, and confidence in their sisters, mothers, girlfriends and work colleagues to say “yes” to an incredible girls weekend away.

Issued by: Dare2Sweat Events Office

For more information:

Race website: spiritedwomen.co.nz

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