Saturday 4 March 2023

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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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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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We are delighted to announce our 52.5km Ultra run is now a @utmbworldseries Index Race for 2023!⁠
What is the UTMB Index? This is a system of assessing the performance level of each trail runner. The UTMB index system provides all finishers of a valid UTMB Index race, an index number in the distance corresponding race category of the race. For all races in the UTMB World Series, runners with a valid UTMB Index will have a priority entry. For more information see the link in our bio!
The Motatapu team are thrilled to announce our latest sponsor, Lane Neave to the Motatapu family.⁠
Lane Neave is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading full-service law firms, with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. With 24 Partners and approx. 150 staff, the diverse nature of its lawyers means that it has the depth of knowledge and experience required for any job.⁠
Lane Neave has clients both locally and internationally, and its unique position in the legal market allows it to provide the legal capability and depth of resources of a large law firm, while enjoying the ability of a boutique-sized firm to develop close and long-lasting client relationships.⁠
"We are super excited to welcome Lane Neave onboard. We cannot wait to host them at the 2023 Motatapu, where I am sure they will have a fantastic experience, enjoying all the fun and atmosphere our event generates," said Gemma Peskett, Race Director and co-owner.
Did you know we have the start lists up on our website so you can go have a look and see if your mates or biggest rival 😝 has signed up! All you have to do is go to your event and scroll down to start list. ⁠
Look at the view from the stunning 16km Miners Trail. There is a new vista on offer around every corner on this walk or run event.  We are already 75% sold out of the Standard Tier so get in quick for a great deal!
Exciting times! We have sold out of the Early Tier of the 56km Coronet Loop MTB 🙌🏽 And Standard tier entries are being snapped up so get in quick! 55% sold already...

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