The Ariki Adventures Raro Challenge is a fun 2 person team multisport race comprising:
The race is competitive but we encourage a race culture of open participation and cross-team support. It is a race for all-comers keen for a multisport challenge!
Race teams must include two members to ensure safety throughout the course. The run in particular is an iconic component of the race but is relatively technical and remote. Having a buddy throughout the race just keeps things safe.
The race consists of three events:
Stand Up Paddle Board (5.6k)
Cross Island Run (8.2k)
Mountain Bike (45.7k)
The course covers on and off road tracks, steep hills and water crossings taking a westerly route through Atupa, Nikao, Inave, Vaimaanga, Tikioki Nature Reserve and Ngatangiia water intake, finishing at Enua Manea Hall Tikioki. At certain points on the route you will be required to take a ‘selfie’. Please ensure you have your fully charged phone!
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There are 2 transition points (also function as aid stations) and one extra aid stations (also functioning as a cut-off point).
TRANSITION 1 / AID STATION 1
Situated at the end of the paddle board section in Vaimaanga.
TRANSITION 2 / AID STATION 2
Situated at the car park at the top of Avatiu Valley Road (the end of the cross island walk track).
AID STATION 3 (Cut off)
Aid Station 3 is at the same location as A1/T1, so you will be passing through this area twice.
You must be marked in by a Race Official at A3 as you pass through during your cycle route.
Course markers are provided, however DO NOT rely on them exclusively in case they get removed or tampered with.
You must familiarise yourself of the course by:
If in doubt on the day, use the Racemap app to check your current position on the course.
Aid station 3 (A3) is our first cut-off point for the race.
Our second cut-off point is 6:00pm.
Transport will be available should you require a lift to the finish.
Time penalties will be served for diversions from the course which result in any part of the course being missed. If you need to leave the course for supplies or in emergency, you must return to the course in the same spot you left it. No penalty will then be served.
You must take a team selfie on every hilltop turnaround point. These are shown in the app and marked with special markers on the course. There are 6 photos to be taken in total. Always stay within sight of your teammate.