Gold Rush 3 day Adventure Race ‘thru Central Otago

A couple of weekends ago I was privileged to be tail end Charlie on the annual Gold Rush 3 day Adventure Race. It was a bit humbling as it’s possible I felt more tired at the end of each four wheel driving day than the athletes!

It all started at Alexandra where 90 + souls paddled down to Lake Roxburgh in very strong winds…
Lake Roxburgh

It carried on over the Knobbly Range to Manorburn on mountain bikes, where we camped out, then a road bike section from Poolburn to the Rail Trail, then a run on that to Lauder, and again onto mountain bikes and through Thomson’s Gorge to the second night at Tarras.

The last day was a road bike to Albert Town, a kayak down the Clutha to near Lake Dunstan, then a run etc. I think it finished at Alexandra – at the end of the kayaking my tasks were done so I headed home to catch up with work.

Funny to see this… possible pot of gold out there somewhere on a modern day gold rush…
Pot of Gold Manorburn

An intense looking college group ready for the starting hooter on day two at Poolburn…
Poolburn start

They’re off at Poolburn – my good friend Simone on the pink bike, on her way to overall female winner. Yes she did the whole thing!..

Simone is all smiles…
Simone and Co

On the last morning a jet ski is launched for kayak support down the Clutha river from Albert Town…
Albert Town JetSki Kayak su

I was really impressed over the three days with the fun attitudes of the athletes and their comprehensive support crews.

The official web site is here

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