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Spring Challenge participants (from left) Georgia Whitla, Emily Kelly, Lara Prince following a tough competition.

by Alexia Johnston

Spring Challenge is coming to Geraldine, potentially bringing hundreds of people and a boost to the town’s economy.
The women’s adventure race, which was hosted in Golden Bay last weekend, will take place in Geraldine from September 29 to October 1, next year.
Race organiser Nathan Faavae made the announcement at last week’s event, where 1350 competitors gathered for what is now regarded as one of the largest adventure races in the world.
The event comprises 450 teams of three women who compete in rafting, mountain-biking, hiking and navigation. The event began in 2007 in Hanmer Springs.
Go Geraldine co-ordinator Janene Adams said the organisation had been in talks with event organisers for “some months” and was delighted Geraldine would play host next year.
“We believe this is going to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our district. We have amazing landscapes on our doorstep and they are perfect for this type of event.”
Five-time participant Emily Kelly, whose team was placed second in last week’s nine-hour event, was pleased to hear the race would head south to Geraldine.
Kelly, of Christchurch, has family in Geraldine.
“It will be massive for Geraldine,” she said.
Geraldine Kiwi Holiday Park owners have started taking bookings from people competing in next year’s race.
Holiday park owner Brian Horrell said he thought it would be great for the town, but hoped it would not clash with an annual car rally over the same period.