The race will be held in the Marokopa/ Waitomo area, one of the North Island's best kept adventure secrets. The region is full of adventure potential- hills, rivers, farms, bush and more hills.
Just under two hours drive from New Plymouth and 90 minutes from Hamilton- it's easy accessible from all over the North Island.
Starts 10 am Saturday 20th November. All teams have up to 6 hours to collect as many CP's and be back at the finish by 4pm. This race is perfect for those new to Adventure Racing or who maybe have some experience in other multisport/ adventure activities. Team size can be two, three or four person and a support crew is not required. The core disciplines will be mountain biking and trekking with a few mystery activities for good measure. Terrain may include farm tracks/ 4WD and gravel roads and farm/ hills and small bush sections. The actual race location will be revealed closer to the start date, but the later start time of 10am will enable teams to travel in the morning and avoid having to find accommodation near Marokopa for the Friday night.
Starts 8 am Saturday 20th November. All teams must be finished by 8pm Saturday evening.
The main requirement is the ability to keep moving (at whatever your pace is) for close to 12 hours- the optional checkpoints will allow all teams to finish within the 12 hours- those with greater pace/ navigation skill can obviously collect a few more CPs, but course completion will certainly be achievable for all teams.
Team size can be two, three or four person. A support crew is required for this year's race. The core disciplines will be mountain biking and trekking as well as an option for kayaking (you will need to bring your own kayaks/paddles/pfd's etc) if you are keen to mix things up- kayaks can be sit on top or sit in styles, but please ensure you are comfortable paddling them- as cool as it might be borrowing Ian Fergusons' K1 racer from the '84 Olympics, the kayak needs you upright in order to operate!
'Plus One' Division- an extra addition for this year. This is a separate division from the Mixed Premier 4 Person division and is aimed at teams who want the flexibility to sub a person in or out for certain stages, thus increasing chances of finishing stages and the 'Plus One' (athlete, not an awkward wedding date) can then drive the support crew vehicle to the next transition. Gets more people involved, you can work to your strengths and the 'poor old lonely support crew' person is a thing of the past! The 'Plus One' can be involved in 2, 3 or 4 person teams.
Starts at 10 am on Saturday 20th November, with expected finish times between 9-11 am Sunday 21st November.
Teams are FOUR person only- mixed, male or female. The premier category is the Mixed Team Packrafting division, and the winning team will be allocated maximum points for the NZ Adventure 1 Series, the overall NZ winner gaining a free entry into an Australian premier adventure race, details can be found on the Adventure 1 website.
There will be a non packrafting division as well, and this year all 24 hour teams will need to bring a Support Crew.
'5 Man' Division- an extra addition for this year. This is a separate division from the A1 Premier division and is aimed at teams who want the flexibility to sub a person in or out for certain stages, thus increasing chances of finishing stages and the '5th Man' can then drive the support crew vehicle to the next transition. Gets more people involved, you can work to your strengths and the 'poor old lonely support crew' person is a thing of the past!
Live tracking will be utilised this year for the 24 hour teams.
The main difference between the 12 and 24 hour races, aside from the obvious double the hours out racing, is that the 24 hour race will involve greater difficulty in navigation, especially with the 10 or so hours of darkness. Route choice and strategy will also be an increased feature. Perfect for teams wanting to step up into longer length races, or are training for GODZone, or are just suckers for punishment and want to be an ultimate Munter!
Race registration and general briefing for the 12 and 24 hour teams is at 8pm Friday 19th November at the Marokopa Community Hall, Carley Reeve Drive. Race Briefings will be one hour before start times on Saturday. But as we all know, these timings are subject to change for a variety of reasons- we will keep you all well posted!
We receive plenty of questions about the race format for the 'Munter. While some races have all compulsory checkpoints and the CPs must be collected in numerical order (or face penalties or become unranked), the Marokopa Munter format will involve rogaine sections where CPs can be collected in any order and are all optional. This way, teams can choose their level of challenge and use strategy to maximise their strengths.
All teams have either 6, 12 or 24 hours to collect as many CPs as they can and be back at the finish line within the allotted time. Decision making, teamwork and strategy will play a big part in teams' success.
Adult 2 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $240 Standard Rate July -October 20 $280
Adult 3 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $360 Standard Rate July -October 20 $420
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $480 Standard Rate July -October 20 $560
School students are half price in the 6, 12 and 24 Hour races. Email us with details for other student discounts (tertiary etc)
Adult 2 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $360 Standard Rate July -October 20 $420
Adult 3 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $540 Standard Rate July -October 20 $630
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $720 Standard Rate July -October 20 $840
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until June 30) $1120 Standard Rate July -October 20 $1280
The race will involve the AR standards of Trekking and Mountain Biking, utilizing a variety of terrain. Pack rafting is an option in the 24 race and kayaking is an option in the 12 hour race.
Maps will be standard NZ Topo50 type, 1:50,000 scale topographic maps. We suggest bringing 'Coverseal' type materials to waterproof them.
The race will take teams through some remote areas and will involve racing through the night for the 24HR teams. Therefore the following gear list is not to be taken lightly. We expect all teams to have all the required gear for the entire race unless directed otherwise by race officials. It is not a definitive list, you may wish to take more gear- especially if the weather is more winter than spring!
Individuals must carry the following gear at ALL times unless instructed by the race director:
Fleece/ Merino Top
Jacket (water/wind proof)
Food and Drink for the entire race/ each stage
Survival Bag (silver foil type)
Sleeping Bag (only one per team required for 12 hour, one per person for 24 hour)
Backpack to carry it all
Team Gear (can be carried by anyone in the team)
Cell Phone with GPS, loaded with "I-HIKE" or similar mapping app. A GPS unit would be fine too- the phone or GPS will be placed in a provided sealed bag- emergency use only.
Multi purpose knife (eg. Swiss Army)
First Aid Kit (minimum= plasters, small and large bandages, tape, paracetamol, crepe rolls, anti-histamines)
2 x Compass
Tent Fly -24 Hr teams only, (or full tent, especially if weather looks rough, bring both and we will decide Friday night)
PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) -12/24 hour teams only
Bike Gear (only needed for bike legs)
Bike lights- front and flashing red rear.
Spare tubes, Pump, Bike tool kit
Pack Rafting Gear (24 Hr PR Division)
Packrafts (ie 2 x Double PR or 4 x Single PR)
Paddles x 4 (Split paddles most suitable)
Helmet x 4 (Bike helmets acceptable)
PFD x 4
Throw bag x 2
24HR race will require a support crew.
12HR race will require a support crew.
6HR race will NOT require a support crew.
Accommodation close to Marokopa can be harder to find if you leave it to the last minute. There are options on Bookabach and Air BnB, but they will go fast. There is a good campsite in the town:
1 Ruaparaha Street
(07) 876 7511