All Black captain Richie McCaw will be competing in the 2016 GODZone adventure race around the Tasman district.
Richie will line up for the 550km event as an official member of the Cure Kids team with New Zealand Rugby Players Association chief executive Rob Nichol, Wanaka adventure racer Sarah Fairmaid and former Blues player Ben Meyer.
GODZone is the largest and most technically challenging expedition race in the world and will be held in the Tasman District from April 2-9. It sees the teams navigating across some of the most spectacular scenery and wilderness New Zealand has to offer to find a series of checkpoints using only a map and a compass.
Each team member must stay within 100 meters of each other the entire time while covering a number of disciplines including tramping, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting. The teams have up toseven days to complete the challenge.
Race Director Warren Bates says having Richie McCaw join the Cure Kids team is a significant draw card.
“This is a huge honour for us as a race and our sport and acknowledgement of Cure Kids and the valuable work they do for children.
GODZone is a unique team challenge in New Zealand and pushes even the very best athletes to their limits. Until you have tried to race in the backcountry for up to seven days, without much sleep, you never know how the body or mind will react. We can rest assured that a lot of people will be watching eager to see how the different teams go.”
Richie says “we know we are in for one heck of a challenge that will push us all to the limits mentally and physically. I know we definitely won’t be lacking for motivation by supporting such a great cause like Cure Kids but it is definitely going to be a true test of our grit, determination and resilience.”
Cure Kids CEO Frances Benge says it’s exciting to have the Cure Kids team continue to race and fundraise in 2016.
“Cure Kids are absolutely thrilled to be the official charity partner of GODZone once again. We are truly inspired by the teams that push their bodies to extraordinary limits to help improve the health of our children.”
The Cure Kids team fundraising will kick off with a special Gala dinner on March 9 in Auckland.
A text campaign has been set up for people to donate directly toCure Kids while supporting the team by texting Godzone to 933 to make an automatic $3 donation.