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Open to all secondary school students regardless of experience
The Hillary Challenge 6 hour Adventure Races are open to all Secondary School Students throughout New Zealand and are a great intro to Adventure Racing and a perfect step up from our Get2Go Challenge events for year 9 and 10 students. The events are designed to attract students of all levels and you do NOT need a high level of skill and inexperienced to join in and have an awesome time.
There will be a mix of levels from beginner to experienced at the events and the students that have done a bit more adventure racing tend to just do things faster and collect more checkpoints. We also use the events to help us select the best teams around the country to take part in the following years 5-day long Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge Final that is held at our Tongariro Centre.
In 2017 we are holding two 6 hour adventure race events for teams of 8 to participate in (see details below about who can enter). The dates and locations for 2017 are;
- South Island – 28 May (Geraldine area)
- North Island – 18 June (Rotorua area)
Registrations for both of these events open Term 1, 2017. Places are limited so be sure to register early!
What does the 6 hour Adventure Race involve?
Well this is Adventure Racing so you will need to be prepared for anything. Typically there will be a bit of running/trekking, mountain biking (not too technical!) and orienteering as the base of the event. Each team will need to bring 8 mountain bikes that are in good working order, particularly the brakes, plus helmets and a basic bike repair kit.
To add to the mix there will be other fun challenges and problem solving tasks on both land and water. Some of these will involve the whole team while others might only require a few team members. All 8 team members will be required to stay together (within 50m) at all times, unless a race marshal says otherwise and you will be trying to score points by finding checkpoints and completing the additional challenges. There will also be some sections that are timed, with these times being converted to points to add to your overall total. The team with the highest overall score will win.
At the end of the race you will understandably be a little tired and hungry, so we will provide the pizza for you to munch on at the finish line (included in your entry fee) and also some cool spot prizes that we will draw out at the prizegiving.
Who are the events for?
The events are designed for all levels of experience. You don’t have to be super fit and serious, but you do need to have a sense of adventure and a ‘give it a go’ attitude. In traditional adventure racing style the course route is not disclosed until the day of the race and you only find out the location of the event briefing one week before race day! You can enjoy participating in our 6 hour Adventure Race even if you are not considered to be a strong contender for The Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge Final.
Only students in years 11-13 may take part and teams of 8 represent their school(s) in one of four categories; All Girls, All Boys, Mixed and Mixed Premier (4 girls/4boys). A maximum of two schools may join together to form a team (this applies to ANY school and includes single gender and co-ed schools joining together) and no prior experience is necessary. The mixed premier category must have a 50/50 gender split in the team i.e. 4 girls and 4 boys and a maximum of two team members may be from year 13. Only teams that enter the Mixed Premier category will be eligible for a place in the following years Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge Final.
Places are limited to 30 teams per event and will be taken on a first in, first served basis. After the limit is reached a waitlist system will operate.
How much does it cost?
Entry fees for each event is $490 per team of 8.
To register a team, click on the button on the top right of this page
Qualification spots for the 2018 Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge up for grabs.
If your school is keen to grab one of the limited places in the 2018 Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge Final you must first gain a top placing in one of the 2 qualifying events above. From each of these two events, at least 4 teams (based on numbers entered) from the Mixed Premier category will receive an invitation to take part in the final and go up against the very best secondary school adventure racing teams from New Zealand and Australia.
Learn more about The Genesis Hillary Challenge Final
View results from 2016 Final
Information for registered teams