Saturday 4 March 2023

Experience the unforgettable
Macpac Motatapu

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4TH MARCH 2023

Epic One Day Off-Road Event

Each year for one day only the pristine trails of the Motatapu welcomes thousands of all-comers to experience one of New Zealand's favourite off road sporting events.

Join us on Saturday 4 March 2023


We are incredibly lucky to be able to hold our events in some of the most stunning, privately owned and protected backcountry in New Zealand. Respecting our environment and supporting our local community are integral values we want to share with all our Macpac Motatapu whānau, whether you are a competitor, volunteer, support person, staff, partner or contractor.

We look for sustainable options wherever possible and continue to support local charities, focusing on the Queenstown Trails Trust, as our major partner. We donate $7 from every entry to the Trust after the event, plus the donations we receive on checkout at registration. These funds go directly back into the local trails networks, enabling the Trust to maintain and expand trails in the future.

We are also proud to work with the Mahu Whenua team and help highlight what they are doing on the Motatapu, Mt Soho and Glencoe high-country stations. The Mahu Whenua philosophy is for sustainable farming and it aptly translates to "healing the land". They have planted over 1 million native trees, flaxes, shrubs and grasses and are pioneering a seedling programme; the eradication of pests and predators is bringing native species back from the brink in the area.

To ensure it continues, more than 90% of the land was placed under protective covenants in 2015 (The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust), making it the largest conservation undertaking on private land in New Zealand's history.

We are privileged to work with them as they continue to restore and enhance these three iconic high-country Stations; that we are lucky to be able to race through on our event day!

John and Emily McRae from the Glendhu Bay Station have multiple sustainability projects which we are proud to be a part of. 80% of all fees from all sporting events on the Glendhu Station go back into the planting project and their efforts to become a carbon positive station.

We proudly use a local events team to bring the Macpac Motatapu to life and support our local economy, events and tourism industry. By being an active part of our community, we hope to bring positive change and welcome our race whānau to this beautiful part of Aotearoa.

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Why not grab a mate and come along for a wee adventure on 4th March! Whether it is our classic 47km UDC Finance Mountain Bike or the new 56km Coronet Loop Mountain Bike. The choice is yours1
Do you have that spring feeling? Want a challenge to get you motivated? You are in the right place!! We have so many options for all levels of fitness 🙌🏼 Check out our new website and find yours 😄
Want to make your race day that little bit easier? Book your transport with us.⁠
* UDC Finance Mountain Bike transport from Queenstown and Arrowtown to the Start Line is at 75% and 80% capacity respectively.⁠
* Marathon transport from Queenstown and Arrowtown to the Start Line are both at 73% capacity.⁠
You can book online when you sign up or add to your booking 🙌🏽⁠
And a wee reminder to our marathon runners! Your marathon entry includes a free shuttle bus from Wānaka to the Motatapu Station start line. This shuttle departs from Mount Aspiring College at 9:30am. No bookings required for this service (Wānaka to Start line), if you are not booked on a bus from Queenstown or Arrowtown you will be automatically booked for the Wanaka shuttle. No private vehicles are permitted to drive to the start of the marathon.
The art of remaining hydrated during an event is no easy feat. @puresportsnutrition give us their top tips 🙌🏼

Timing, type, taste and volume are just a few of the factors that can make or break your race day. Knowing your fluid facts is a big part of performance so we have put together some practical tips to get you going in the right direction. ⁠
Experiment, experiment, experiment. If your event has aid stations it makes sense to trial the on-course product, and do this early in the lead-up. Get to know the product, ingredients, how it sits for you and if it performs on your long training sessions. If it's not a 100% fit then shop around and try other brands until you find the one that works for you. Ensure your chosen fluid contains electrolytes, easily absorbed carbohydrates and above all tastes sensational to you. ⁠
Plan out your event hydration. Take note of the time of year, likely temperature, length of race and support stations along the way. This helps paint a picture of what your fluid requirements will be. It's important to lock in your race day nutrition plan so you can train towards achieving it. ⁠
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