Spirited Women – All women’s Adventure Race: Mid-April 2022 e-news

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Happy Easter Ladies!!

We hope you are all doing okay out there. We are jumping for joy in the hope that the COVID peak is behind us, and the mandates associated with it are gone. We can now get back to doing what we love, which is delivering events the way they are meant to be delivered. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces as you cross the finish line. This month’s e-news is simply to update you all on a few changes and to reconnect.

NEW EVENT DATES TO POP IN YOUR CALENDAR

  • Central Hawkes Bay (3rd time lucky) on September 30 – October 2nd, 2022
  • Wanaka (2nd time lucky) on March 31 – April 2nd, 2023

A MESSAGE FROM CENTRAL HAWKES BAY TOURISM

Central Hawke’s Bay was devastated that the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure racing event had to be postponed earlier this year due to COVID, but it is with great excitement that we get to see you all this spring!

With that comes re-planning. Take a look at Central Hawke’s Bays accommodation providers to rebook your stay. From old homesteads to cosy motels and rural farm stays, there is something for everyone.

With some recent flooding that Central Hawke’s Bay endured in late March, our beautiful cycling network, The Tukituki Trails, took a hard hit with our beloved Tarewa Swing Bridge that connected one side of the trails to the other, and many parts of the trails washed away. You can support their initiative by visiting their page, Friends of the Tukituki Trail – any support in this time would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you in Springtime!

CENTRAL HAWKES BAY SEPTEMBER 30TH TO OCTOBER 2ND – EVENT UPDATE

The event registration/expo for this event will now take place at the Havelock North Function Centre and the Awards Ceremony will now be held at the Mitre 10 Park Athletics Stadium.

Please refer to our website for the updated Event timetable. Please also note that the start waves are likely to change again and that this timetable is still a work in progress.

If you are a current entrant, we thank you for your support and patience.

  • If you can make the new dates your entry has been automatically transferred.
  • If your entire team can’t make the new date your option is to sell your entry privately to another team. Many teams have done this successfully. We have set up a Facebook group here to help you connect with others.
  • If you were forced to withdraw from our event due to vaccine mandates or COVID concerns and now wish to come back on board, please email us
  • If you can now make the new Spring date then check out our facebook group to buy an entry from someone who can’t make it or get in touch with us so we can hook you up with someone who is selling an entry.

WANAKA MARCH 31st to APRIL 2ND, 2023 – EVENT UPDATE

We know this is a long way away, but we promise you it will be well worth the wait.

For the 2023 Wanaka Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. The event registration/expo and awards ceremony locations for this event are TBC.

Please refer to our website for the updated Event timetable. Please also note that the start waves are likely to change again and that this timetable is a work in progress.

If you are a current entrant, we thank you for your support and patience.

  • If you can make the new dates your entry has been automatically transferred.
  • If your entire team can’t make the new date your option is to sell your entry privately to another team. Many teams have done this successfully. We have set up a Facebook group here to help you connect with others.

We currently have 2 Long Course entries available, but all other Courses have sold out.

SOME EASTER MOTIVATION FROM THE TEAM AT ZEENYA!

These shorter days mean we really need to make sure we’re seen when we’re out exercising in the evenings. Paired with your high-vis or glow vest, you’ll be seen a mile away in your Zeenya tights. We were super sad to miss you all this summer and are hanging out for CHB. Head to our website and grab yourself some training gear to heat up the motivation as the weather cools.  Because we love you Spirited Women so much and to cheer us all up with some retail therapy, we are offering $15 off any order with the code SW2022 – which ends April 30th.

A SWEET LITTLE OFFER FROM BECKY AT GOODBYE PRODUCTS!

As the season shifts cooler in New Zealand, your skin needs more protection from wind and cold, especially lips, noses and cheeks. We’ve got Manuka Balm paired with Big and Little to make it easy to get stocked up. Right now when you buy Big Manuka Balm you get the little Manuka Balm free. Head to our website.

WE WELCOME A NEW SPONSOR TO THE SPIRITED WOMEN’S TEAM!

We are thrilled to be teaming up with the guys at Locator beacons NZ who are supporting us with a couple of wonderful Personal Locator Beacons and some LED torches as spot prizes for our upcoming Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race events.

Locator Beacons NZ believes that what the Spirited Women events are all about go hand in hand with the services they provide throughout NZ.

They are the largest hire company of Personal locator beacons in New Zealand and pride themselves on being able to provide the public with a 24/7 monitored hire system to enhance the safety of anyone who hires a locator beacon from them.

Please support these guys. Take a look at their website.

KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW ON OUR CURRENT WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY!

We know this is hard to get to grips with and it is less than ideal, but please understand that we are now trying to make a 12-month budget stretch to cover a 24 month plus period. We have done our best to make our refund policy as transparent as possible since opening our entries on June 1st.

For entries purchased from us prior to 16th March 2022

  • NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN
  • NO TRANSFERS TO FUTURE SPIRITED WOMEN EVENTS WILL BE GIVEN

If you wish to withdraw from either of our events, please try to sell your entry on our Facebook group as mentioned above. If you are selling an entry, please inform the new team captain of our refund policy. If you have tried every avenue to sell your entry and are unsuccessful, please email debbie@dare2sweatevents. Please give this time ?

For new entries purchased from us after 16th March 2022

The following refund policy applies to both Central Hawkes Bay and Wanaka. 75% Refund – up to 5 months out from the first day of the event date*.

  • 50% Refund – up to 3 months out from the first day of the event date*.
  • 25% Refund – up to 1 month out from the first day of the event date*.
  • No refund will be given within one month of the first day of the event date.

*Excludes the value of any partial credit/discount code used.
*Less $40 NZD admin fee

Click here for further information on our refunds and withdrawal policies.

SOME TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR NAVIGATION SKILLS

With Easter just around the corner why not get your family, friends or your Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race team together and practice a bit of navigation and map reading?

  • Test each other trying to identify objects on a topographical map. One person has the map legend, the other has the map. Ask questions such as what does this black cross on the map mean? What symbol represents a cliff? How many vertical metres will I need to climb if I go from point a to point B?
  • Get a topographical map of your town, draw some red circles on it than get together and go to the circles on key features of the map such as the tops of hills or intersections, a bend in a track or river or a vegetation boundary taking the quickest route. Or photocopy the map and have one each. Meet at each circle – see who gets there first.
  • Spend some time using a compass to orientate your map to the land around you. Wasting time going in the wrong direction makes it hard for everyone. Google how to orientate a map using a compass and try it out.

PARTING WORDS

Let’s hope the worst is behind us and we can move forward and start to rebuild. The Countdown is back on, and we are so excited about the seventh edition of the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race North Island in Central Hawkes Bay & the third edition of the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race South Island in Wanaka. Both events are going to be truly awesome, and we can’t wait to see your faces as you come across the finish line.

We encourage you all to kick start your team chats and training sessions and to stay fit and focused over the winter months. Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter break.

Kindest regards, Neil, Katrine and Debbie  

THINKING OF ALL OUR WONDERFUL EVENT SPONSORS

Finally, we would like to say that undoubtedly the best way you can show appreciation for the wonderful event sponsors who have got behind this fantastic event is to choose to purchase their brands when shopping. Thank you.

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