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Only 50 weeks to go
May well be back in Aus then. If so, I'll volunteer for sherpa duties
Is this like East Enders, where you'll ask some random passer by the mind the stall while you nip out to do an errand/Ironman/bank job* (*delete whichever doesn't apply)I may be in Taupo in a racing and/or drinking capacity
I'll look after the shop.
*prepares swag bag*
Race was 70 per cent full at 5pm NZT (4am UK) so if you are thinking of racing then enter as soon as you read this.
And accommodation is filling up fast too. The motel I was at is full and the room D74 was in at the Hilton (the only hotel with vacancies when he decided to come to Taupo two days before this year's race) is also booked.
Last year's race took 2 weeks to sell out and then about 180 people didn't start. There is no wait list.
I'm on sherpa duty with at least 5 people known to me entered.
Good news Kanga
Haven't looked at travel dates yet - or discussed them with the boss. Don't think we can book flights more than 6 months in advance so no particular rush. Will probably do three weeks too and aim to be in Taupo from Tue - Mon or something like that.
Have a friend in NZ army who reckons he'll be able to book some chalets through the army at Acacia Bay (I think) which is about 5k to the west of Taupo central. Will mail him to ask him to make enquiries now that we've all entered (woo hoo!) Don't know what the cost is but would guess it'll be cheaper than other local accommodation.
Just to get you in the mood
Bloody Aussies! They're the reason why it filled up last time!
Will be awesome to have a pirate presence this time around, missed it this year although D74 made up for it with his very loud horn. He's also entered so I will get my revenge!
Apparently accommodation is filling up too but last year was the same. A motelier told a friend in February that there had been many cancellations and about 180 people didn't start IMNZ2011 - 1500 entered, just over 1300 started, 58 didn't finish and one got DQ'd for running his 5 year old son down the finish chute, even though this policy is widley known and competitors were reminded at race briefing/pasta party (was on the same night).
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