Organisers pleased with event

March 05, 2018 - 29 views

Like the athletes that have competed in the inaugural Alps 2 Ocean Ultra over the past week, organiser Mike Sandri needs a rest before contemplating next year’s event.

 

The 300km-plus staged ultra endurance race, which started at Aoraki/Mt Cook last Saturday and finished in Oamaru on Saturday, attracted  125 competitors.

Of those,  100 completed the gruelling event.

Mr Sandri said he would allow the dust to settle before  focusing on the next edition of the event, set for early 2019.

"We are just not going to think about that at all at the moment. We’re going to let things settle down and then think about our approach to the next run."

While he was delighted with how this year’s event panned out, he said there were a few minor areas to work on.

"There are things we will change and do differently, but a lot of athletes here think we have surpassed a lot of other races."

Mr Sandri believed he and his team of volunteers were "95% of the way" to running a world-class event.

With the race winning the approval of those who took part, he expected to have no trouble filling next year’s race quota, a number which has yet to be determined.

"I think we’ll absolutely smash it. Some of these guys want to come back and do it again."

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