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Great Ape Race - Race around Akld Zoo after hours!

Show Profile  runningbeast Posted: 3 November 2010, 4:09 AM  
With our friends from Lactic Turkey Events, the Auckland Zoo brings you The Great Ape Race - a fun navigation event with a difference, thats raising funds for orangutan conservation.

The Amazing Race like event is a chance for you and your family, or friends or workmates to get a team together for an amazing around-the-world race at the zoo - no experience required, just a commitment to team work!

The 45 minute race for business/work teams family/social teams will get your heart pumping, your legs racing and push your brain into over-drive as you strategise to work out the fastest way to reach a number of destinations throughout the zoo, answer questions correctly, and make it back to the Band Rotunda within the time limit.

Having worked up an appetite, there will also be barbecue food and other apetising refreshments available for purchase.

Every participant gets a race pack with their individual race number, goodies, and all other necessary information. Just before the teams start, they will be given a map (thanks to the Auckland Orienteering Club) with all the destinations and a clue sheet. The event will make use of a special electronic timing chip, so race organisers can accurately track your performance - and keep you honest!

The cost to enter is $25 for adults and $10 for children (no Friends of the Zoo discount).

The race is on to save the critically endangered orangutan from extinction - and all profits from this Great Ape Race will go to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund to support the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).

To enter and for more information

Show Profile  Slow-O Posted: 5 November 2010, 12:10 AM  
Gee chaps...
NOT Great timing!
There is an Auckland Orienteering event on same day, same time.

Show Profile  The Clem Posted: 5 November 2010, 11:58 AM  
To bring you up to speed Slow-O.
This is an annual event and it was last held 12 months ago to the date. It promotes to a largely non orienteer audience base that the NZOF, let alone the AOC, would drool over. Held in conjunction with Auckland Zoo Orang-Caring week (this date does not change) this partnership piggy backs on their marketing and budget, to promote an entry level orienteering event to individuals, families and corporates alike who have little or no navigational skills.
SummerNav is promoted at the event, the AOC is acknowledged throughout, and the original intent of establishing public interest and awareness of orienteering aligns with the previous NZOF strategic plan. We also needed to ensure we grew and maintained a relationship with the Zoo to ensure viability of the map into the future.
All this is based on innovation and volunteers as per usual, and there are no apologies to event/sport centric gripers.
If that is all too much to take in at once, Ill write a bit slower next time.

Show Profile  mark Posted: 7 November 2010, 4:36 AM  
Obviously a bit of a sore point for 'The Clem'.
I never realised that he was so bitter and twisted.

Show Profile  Tane Cambridge Posted: 7 November 2010, 1:47 PM  
Mark is back! Maybe there is some hope for Maptalk yet?

Show Profile  The Clem Posted: 7 November 2010, 2:50 PM  
Yeah..I'm reading it that way to. Must've had an off day and gave a shit.

Show Profile  Rog Posted: 8 November 2010, 4:14 AM  
AOC provides the base map for the Great Ape Race and recommends the event - you will see AOC is listed as a sponsor. We tweeted on 3rd Nov supporting it. It is a great opportunity to help raise funds for a worthy cause and to experience orienteering within the zoo after hours.

We create the SummerNav calendar in March for the following season and try to offer variety of dates and venues. I apologize for the error. I am pleased to see more opportunities experiencing map navigation.

Please email SummerNav requests or suggestions to auckoc [at] Thanks.

- Roger

Show Profile  Jenni Posted: 8 November 2010, 6:20 AM  
But Clem are you a Dad for the second time yet? That's what I want to read about.




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