Imagine an event that combines Skiing, Snowboarding, Running, Cycling AND Drinking….intrigued??
Welcome to The Peak to Powderkeg, New Zealand’s iconic and unique alpine triathlon that celebrates the end of Winter and the start of Spring Skiing on Mt. Ruapehu.
Steeped in history, the Peak to Powderkeg first started some 23 years ago to the sound of a gunshot before competitors raced down the mountainside via snow, foot and pedal to the Powderkeg pub in the township of Ohakune for the fourth stage of the triathlon (!) – the skulling of a beer to complete the race.
Not much has changed in the event’s history, and each year the field of entries grows as individuals and teams race down the mountainside, all eager to win their well-earned bragging rights. The men’s competition regularly sees the legends of Kurt Eves and Owen King battle it out with just seconds separating them.
Last year Owen was victorious, putting paid to Kurt’s 4 year record…but who will take the title in 2015?
This year, Peak to Powderkeg is proud to be supporting Project Tongariro. Project Tongariro is devoted to implementing a wide variety of projects and activities which help people to understand and appreciate the special place Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage park, has in the world. A percentage of your entry fee will go towards the valuable work Project Tongariro undertakes to help preserve the winter playground of the North Island and the home of Peak to Powderkeg.
WHEN: Saturday 10 October 2015
WHERE: Mt. Ruapehu to Ohakune
WHAT: Alpine Triathlon
DESCRIPTION:The Peak to Powderkeg is a multi-sport race from the top of Turoa Ski Field to the bottom of the Mountain Road, finishing at the infamous Powderkeg Restaurant & Bar car park.