Mokihinui, small seaside village on the West Coast of the South Island will be the staging area for the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race. The area is well known for the Mokihinui River and more recently for being the northern end of the Old Ghost Trail, an epic mountain bike and hiking trail.
Ninety-five 3-person teams will be gathering at the Mokihinui domain on Friday afternoon for the event registration and prologue. Dubbed the Ironmoki, teams will complete a mini triathlon relay, swimming, biking and running. The results of the prologue will determine the start order for Saturdays main event, with the fastest prologue teams being the first away on the river rafting stage.
This is the 7th edition of the event which moves to a new location each year. Race director Nathan Fa’avae says “in theme with the events major sponsor, Absolute Wilderness, we always look for areas that are wild and remote to run this event, Mokihinui is truly that, the areas the race will go are simply incredible”. Added to that, all participants will receive a one-off freeze dried meal made for the race, a Mokihinui Mocha Pudding made with Kawatiri coffee and double chocolate.
The lead course designer Mark Rayward has created rugged courses with technical navigation and travel. While the bike stages are 100% rideable with minimal climbing, the hiking stages are rough and wild. Teams will be well briefed to be very careful as they travel the West Coast landscapes.
The event offers 3, 6 and 12-hour course options. This years event will see 30-teams tackle the 12-hour race, which covers 86km in total. 7-teams will take on the 3-hour 28km event with the remaining teams in the 6-hour on a 62km course.
The race is unsupported, teams will take a bus to the start line and from that point on they will reach the finish line rafting, biking and hiking.
Fa’avae adds “we’ve got a large group of youth teams this year across the events, it’s really pleasing for us to accommodate for young people and see them keen to be involved”.
Teams can expect to see some stunning environments, forest, sea and rivers whilst participating in the event. They will also be passing through many historical sights along the way.
The region is expecting some rain showers to pass through on Friday night but it should clear for race day on Saturday. The course will be open until midnight Saturday. The awards will be at the Mokihinui Domain on Sunday morning.