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Good night from New Zealand. We're heading to bed a little early to be ready for the 8 am race start tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy all the updated Photos, Videos, Blogs and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube). We are super psyched for the upcoming week and to be following all the inspirational competitors from roughly 40 countries around the world.
RacingThePlanet: New Zealand 2019, a six-stage, 250 kilometer (155 mile) footrace begins tomorrow.
Competitors, volunteers and staff have now all arrived in Wanaka and just finished listening to an extensive briefing by the management team followed by an equipment check. Every competitor is checked to ensure they have the mandatory items including specific food, gear and clothing. Any competitor with a missing item will receive a penalty. At every check in the big question is: who will have the heaviest backpack and who will have the lightest backpack? And the winners are:
Heaviest: 17.5 kilograms, #178 Yamagama, Hiroyuki (Gattyaman) of Japan
Lightest: 5.5 Kilograms, #73 James Russell of the United States
After lunch, all competitors left in buses and 4x4 vehicles en route to Camp 1.
See all the photos from check in.
RacingThePlanet: New Zealand 2019: Update
Competitors are now arriving in Wanaka, New Zealand and volunteers are deep into training with Captain Tony Brammer. Event CEO Sam Fanshawe and Event Director Zeana Benjamin are organising last minute details while the course team led by Deo Encarnacion is fast at work putting out the pink markers. Medical Director Avi Patil is reviewing medical supplies with his all-star team.
We have received our first live photos. From now until 9 March we'll be providing updates each day.
So many returning alumni and new faces.
See all the photos: https://bit.ly/2EDso6t
We are getting excited. Competitors are making their way to Wanaka, New Zealand for the 11th edition of the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon. We will begin pre-race coverage in 48 hours with full LIVE coverage beginning on Sunday, 3 March 2019. Subscribers to Breaking News will be the first to get updates from the remote New Zealand wilderness.