Richie reaches finish after 121 hours


He made it!

Former All Black Captain, Richie McCaw and the Cure Kids team have crossed the finish line at GODZone Chapter Five.

Rob Nichol, Sarah Fairmaid, Ben Meyer and McCaw took five days and one hour to race 539km through Nelson/Tasman.

They crossed the finish line in Kaiteriteri at exactly midday with hundreds of supporters cheering them on as they paddled onto the beach.

Among them was local triathlete Carol Cooper who says there was a great atmosphere amongst those at the finish line.

“There were lots of people who didn’t know anyone racing but, like many were totally captivated by the race and in awe of all those competing.

“Everyone at finish line was there to support all the teams and it’s fantastic that Richie has given this race the media attention it deserves.”

Richie says the five day race certainly wasn’t easy.

“There were some times out there I really questioned what I was doing and why I was there but you get to the finish line and you remember.

“Last night during that 140km bike ride there were a whole load of kids cheering us on, 3.30 this morning they were out and offering us Easter eggs and stuff as we rode passed. It was pretty awesome.

“Cure Kids is a big reason to do this, we want to do this for ourselves, we want to challenge ourselves but to be able to do something good, to be able to do that is pretty cool.”

When asked if he would do the race again, Richie said, “I wouldn’t say no. Probably a couple of times in the middle of it I thought I’ll never do this again but I’d think about it.”

The team have raised $295,500 for Cure Kids, which funds research into improving child health.

To donate $3, text GODZone to 933 or go online to donate more.


Cure Kids race break down:

Stage 1 Coasteer and sea kayak from Kaiteriteri to Rabbit Island (30km): 3.55

Stage 2 Mountain bike orienteering and ride through Richmond Range (60km): 8.32

Stage 3 Trek through Red Hills (52km): 31.20

Stage 4 Mountain bike and foot orienteering through Rotoiti (47km): 6.14

Stage 5 Paddle Lake Rotoroa and trek over Mole Tops (34km): 16.39

Stage 6 Canoe down Matakitaki River (50km): 9.31

Stage 7 Mountain bike through Nuggety to Owen Valley (34km): 3.06

Stage 8 Trekking through Mt Owen (35km): 22.15

Stage 9 Mountain bike through Rameka to Totaranui (140km): 14.12

Stage 10 Sea kayak down Abel Tasman coast to Kaiteriteri (35km): 5.12