RacingThePlanet: New Zealand starts on 3 March 2019.It is a 250 kilometer / 155 mile, 6-stage, 7-day, self-supported stage race.
Day temperatures in Queenstown, New Zealand average 20°C / 68°F and night temperatures average 9 °C / 48°F in March.
New Zealand is the eleventh location in the RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon series which moves to a new location each year. Previous locations included Vietnam, Namibia, Australia, Nepal, Jordan, Iceland, Madagascar, Ecuador, Sri Lanka and Patagonia.
No part of New Zealand is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea.
RacingThePlanet: New Zealand 2019 is a self-supported race; competitors must carry everything they need for the seven days on their back.
Only 5% of New Zealand’s population is human- the rest are animals
The average backpack will weigh 9 kilograms / 20 pounds.
Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world
Approximately 20% of competitors run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking, and 20% walk the entire course.
There are no land snakes, native or introduced, in New Zealand.
The fastest completion time is expected to be around 24 hours and the slowest around 70 hours.
The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was a Kiwi.
Approximately 200 competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to compete in RacingThePlanet: New Zealand 2019, our 11th RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon.
The Māori name for New Zealand, Aoetaroa, means 'land of the long white cloud'.
Roughly 70% of the competitors will be male and 30% female.
Lake Taupo was formed by a supervolcanic eruption 26,000 years ago. The dust from the eruption could be seen in modern day China.
There are two host towns for the race. Before the race is Wanaka. After the race is Queenstown. Both Wanaka and Queenstown are close to Queenstown Airport which is a three-hour flight from Sydney, Australia or a two-hour flight from Auckland, New Zealand.
15% of New Zealand’s population is Māori.
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.