RACE update- NEW DATE 22 JAN 2022
Kia Ora adventure racers, With the current situation around COVID Alert Levels in the Waikato and the uncertainty around these levels changing, it probably comes as little to no surprise that we won't be able to run the Marokopa Munter as planned on November 20th this year.
We had waited as long as possible hoping that the situation might improve enough but we also want to give a little time for people to plan ahead. While this is incredibly disappointing for all involved we have been able to sort a new date with the Marokopa Hall committee and all the generous landowners (there may be a possible 'mystery activity' involving shearing on one particular property...)
We understand that this new date might not be suitable for everyone, but we would love to see as many of you as possible in Marokopa on Saturday 22nd of January.
One of the up sides of this new date is that hopefully our Auckland teams will be able to travel again for a much needed outdoor fix, and by then the new vaccine certificate and traffic light systems will have been implemented for these type of events to be able to proceed with minimum stress. Again, we will be working with the latest MoH requirements to ensure a safely run event and as always we rely on you good folk to help in this department.
We are aware that Jan 22 is in the later part of the school holidays and the region may be hard to get accommodation for that weekend. One of our awesome farmers/landowners has offered a free 'rural rustic old school' campsite for the entire weekend, large flat paddocks with plenty of tent spaces, clean drinking water, and a small clear stream nearby, we will provide six portaloos, a marquee with a communal BBQ facility too. So if you want to make it a fun camping trip combo, then fill ya boots!
For those preparing for GODZONE in March, then the 24 hour Munter in January provides an awesome opportunity for a high tempo hit out, testing all that new kit and freshly gained fitness! If you want to include a bit more training and extend your Marokopa trip a bit, hit us up and we can provide some extra missions with maps and CPs- perfect for honing night nav or bike fitness.
If you are feeling a little underprepared (especially for those north of the Mokau River) given all that's been thrown your way these past few months, then rest assured most are in the same boat and will at very least need a chance to burn off the Christmas puddings. The race (all three divisions) will be achievable for everyone with its rogaine based sections and let's remember the whole reason we love getting outside is the fun with mates in new places!
OTHER OPTIONS: If the new Jan 22nd date is not suitable, then we can transfer your entry to the 2022 Marokopa Munter date: Sat November 12th. Another race that you could transfer to is the Taranaki 6 Hour on Sat 9th April. (www.taranaki6hour.co.nz)
WHAT TO DO: Team captains please share this newsletter and have a chat with team mates about your best scenario.
Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you a) can make the Jan 22 date, b) want to transfer to 2022 Nov 12 date, c) transfer to 2022 Taranaki 6 Hour. If you would like to make use of the campsite for the weekend then mention this in the reply email too.
As always, any questions please email us and we do our best to help! Take care, Matt, Nev, Rusty, Shaun and the whole Munter crew!
5th Anniversary Edition
NEW DATE: SAT 22 JANUARY
Races start for all divisions on Saturday 22nd January, with Sunday 23rd January the finish for the 24 hour and the prizegiving at Marokopa Hall for the 12 and 24 hour teams.
New for 2021/2022: we are looking to add some extra value- this year the 24 hour race will be 25 hours long!!
As well as the A1 Premier 4 Person Mixed Division, there will also be the new "Plus One" division where teams can be 5 person, but only 4 race in each stage- the 'Plus One' will drive the support vehicle to the next transition and can sub in for the next stage.
The 12 Hour race will involve the main staples of trekking and mountain biking and will also have a kayaking option. It will require a support crew, and will also include the 'Plus One' division.
The 6 Hour race will not require a support crew and will involve trekking, mountain biking and mystery activities.
Marokopa is just two hour drive from New Plymouth and 90 minutes from Hamilton. From Waitomo Caves, just keep driving West until you reach the Tasman Sea, flanked by the mighty Marokopa River and a few impressive sheep covered hills!
A sleepy coastal settlement, Marokopa and the surrounding Waitomo region is a spectacular adventure playground- once you've been 'Munted, life will never be the same!
The 12 hour race is perfect as a step up from 3/6 hour races and the rogaine feature will allow all teams to finish the course. The 24 hour is the ultimate test and could also be the best GODZone preparation you will find!
But be warned- you will need a solid level of fitness, experience and skill- the 24 hour race is not an entry level event!
McIndoe Group in Te Kuiti- proud supporters of the 'Munter!