The Motatapu team want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a relaxed and fun holiday, enjoying our beautiful slice of paradise. 

And just in case you have left the Christmas buying late this year, we have a solution for you. Why not get your loved ones an entry to our iconic race? ;) You still have over 11 weeks to train, which is enough time to get on your bike and be race-ready for our mountain bike event. Plus we have a FREE 10-week MTB training programme courtesy of our friends at Team CP. So there really are no excuses. 

And if you are already a keen walker or runner we also have FREE 10-week training programmes for the Off-Road Marathon Walk, Run and 15km Miners Trail.

For experienced trail runners who are considering the Ultra Run, we advise a personalised training plan for this event. Team CP specialise in this service and are happy to hear from you. For more details go to their website here



Here are our latest Pricing Tier updates - book now so you get the best deal and don't miss out on your chance to race with us Southern Style on 6th March.

Marathon - Tier 2 is 72% full
Ultra Run - Tier 2 is 47% full
Mountain Bike - Tier 2 is 36% full
Mountain Bike teams - Tier 2 is 46% full 
Miners Trail - Tier 2 is 24% full

For more info on the Tiers please click here

And to ENTER and join us please click here

Jennine's story embodies why the Motatapu 2021 team are involved in this iconic race and felt so passionately that the event legacy needed to live on. We hope Jennine inspires you and your family to keep moving, as it has inspired us. Let's all keep Moving for Tony. We didn't want to change a word of Jennine's story, so this is it for you to enjoy. 

Team: Keep Moving for Tony

Back in 2019, I got the news that my friend Tony had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). A devasting diagnosis that would result in his body failing on him, but gratefully not his sense of humour.

Shortly after this I ended up with post-concussion syndrome whilst out discovering my love of all things MTB. The time I had recovering from this turned out to be a gift as I got to spend more time with Tony, talking about nothing and everything. But no matter how slow my recovery felt, it was heart-breaking to see Tony lose a little more every visit.

When I could get more active again, I talked to Tony about how I wanted my new MTB lifestyle to stick, that I had tried so many times to have a fit and active life, but never stuck to it. In that moment, I realised how lucky I was to have a body that worked. I promised him that for as long as I had a functioning body, I would keep moving.

So, I started moving again. I would chat with Tony about all my adventures. He was always so supportive, and he kept me going. Then March this year I did my greatest accomplishment to date, I finished the Sawpit at Motatapu! Having been a spectator the year before I wanted to participate so badly. I came dead last and cried solidly for the last km. Swept up in a massive hug by hubby Chris at the end, I was so proud and so was Tony when I told him all about it.

I talked with Chris the next day and asked him if he thought I could do the MTB the next year. He said I totally could, and he would help me get there. We shook on it and agreed to enter as a team in 2021.

Tony lost his fight in June. But I will keep moving. With that promise and Chris by my side, we have been training hard. It’s going to be a tough day, but I believe I can do it, with Tony, Chris, friends and family backing me every step of the way. 

We cannot wait to see Jennine and Chris out there on course this March and thank them and Tony's wife Sarah and son Sam for sharing the story of Tony and the very best for the future.

Keep Moving for Tony 
Tony with wife Sarah and son Sam. 
OSM All-Terrain Nutrition joins our team!

The countdown is on with just three months to go to the Macpac Motatapu! We are proud to announce OSM All-Terrain Nutrition is an event sponsor. And to celebrate this they are giving you a SPECIAL $10 DISCOUNT DEAL TO FUEL YOUR TRAINING PLANS THIS SUMMER.   

Get $10 off your OSM when you spend $30 or more at Use code OSMMOTATAPU at checkout. 

A true original, OSM All-Terrain Nutrition broke new ground in 2006 with its world first, patented nutritional balance. Loved by sportspeople and weekend warriors – to fuel activities and adventures. Nutritious, tasty and full of flavour, with energy, protein, carbohydrates, fats and fibre in equal percentages of daily intake values. Plus 10 vitamins and six minerals.  

Perfect on the go, OSM All-Terrain Nutrition gives you the power to make a nutritionally smart choice when pressed for time. Four great flavours, made with premium wholesome ingredients including Manuka honey. No artificial colours or flavours. Proudly made right here in New Zealand. And available in a range of sizes from pocket-size sporting snacks through to bars that can substitute as a meal. 
PURE Sports Nutrition will be powering you through!
We are excited to announce that PURE Sports Nutrition is also onboard for 2021 and will be providing goodies for all athletes and their Electrolyte Hydration at our Aid Stations. Look out for the giveaway competitions dropping on our social channels soon. And if you want to stock up for your next mission - hit this link!

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Remember to follow us on our social channels, as we will be posting awesome competitions and giveaways over the summer! And please tag us into your adventures as we would love to share them with the Motatapu whanau.

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