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 24 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 George Milne was victorious, narrowly edging out his mate George Kool who took 2nd place.
In 2015, Peak to Powderkeg struck up a relationship with 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: 14th October 2017 (Poor Weather Contingency 15th October)
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.
Starting in waves in a Le Mans style fashion, you’ll have a 3.2 km ski or snowboard to the snowline, before transitioning to a 3.8 km run approximately to the 12.5 km road marker and then a 12.5 km cycle to the bottom of the Mountain Road. Here you’ll rack your bikes on the green and test your jelly legs as you run to the end of Thames Street before turning around and sprinting into the Powderhorn car park to skull your beer (or lemonade if you’re under 18). The clock doesn’t stop until the empty vessel hits the timing table!
Individual: Junior (Under 18) and Open (18 years and over)
Team: Junior (Under 18), Open (18 years and over) or Corporate (local / national businesses)
Everyone gets to take away a souvenir Peak to Powderkeg Handle (your skulling vessel!) and winners of each category will receive generous prizes from the events major sponsors. Every competitor is in the draw for the randomly selected spot prizes from our sponsors which in the past have included skis, snowboards and mountain bikes plus t-shirts, goggles, head phones to name a few.
HOW TO ENTER: Registrations for the 2017 Peak to Powderkeg will be available July