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.