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Safe finish for Great Race competitors

Safe finish for Great Race competitors

Competitors and their support teams gathered at the foothills of Auckland’s wild Waitakere Ranges last Friday to compete in the annual Cure Kids Great Adventure Race.

The gruelling multi-sport event attracted 44 teams from a range of industries including a handful of IT companies — Ingram Micro, Cisco, Onesource and Microsoft NZ.

Last year’s laughing stock Cisco showed a remarkable improvement by completing the course without the aid of a rescue helicopter.

This year the company entered two teams — appropriately named Search and Rescue — which came in 15th and 21st respectively.

According to Cisco’s Jennifer Rutherford, only the first 13 teams completed the full course; everyone else failed to make the six-hour cut-off point.

“We were all re-routed which fits the whole Cisco philosophy — routing traffic is the more efficient way to the destination,” she says.

Meanwhile, Microsoft NZ’s four teams achieved 5th, 16th, 32nd and 44th placings.

Overall the 2006 race raised $620,000 for the Cure Kids charity, which funds research into life-threatening children’s illnesses.

Cure Kids organiser Mandy Mee estimates more than 10,000 employees participated.


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