Rivalry between the four teams Microsoft NZ is entering in the Cure Kids Great Adventure Race is running at fever pitch.
Captain Brigitte Reed, entertainment and devices product marketing manager, says her team has spent the last four months training.
“It’s becoming really competitive, especially as race day approaches,” she says. “I did the race last year and it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. You get to see people at their worst and best.”
Last year Reed’s team, which included Paul Muckleston, finished eighth overall and managed to get lost in the same swamp that was the undoing of the Cisco team.
“We didn’t see Cisco as they were still three hours behind us at that stage. We walked out covered in cuts and bruises but still managed to finish.”
Reed has brought in an experienced navigator so as not to repeat the mistake and says the team is spending more time planning.
She admits there is plenty of competitive talk from the other technology teams.
“One of the guys from the 2004 Ingram Micro team has since joined Microsoft so you can imagine the heat he’s getting.”
On the other hand, Tovia Va’Aelua, product manager infrastructure services, is taking a more relaxed approach to captaining his team.
“I think everyone is training individually but we’re yet to come together as a team. The sole aim of our team is to pick up items of clothing left behind by the other Microsoft teams,” he says.