GERGO’S AMAZING RACE 2016 - FAQ
SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2016, 10.00 am
The Event Centre is in Mt Eden Scout Hall (corner of Normanby and Clive Road).
The whole event is within 5 km from the Centre in public area.
Gergo Verhas was a very charismatic Hungarian who has lived for the last 4 years and 2 months in
New Zealand and was looking forward to become a citizen of Aotearoa. He was passionate about
orienteering, mountaineering, nature and life in general. He has truly enjoyed living in New Zealand,
he loved the kindness and openness of people, the small chats he could have with complete
strangers wherever he went. He was a valued member of the Auckland Orienteering Club. He actively
participated and volunteered with the planning and running of many events. He was also passionate
about tramping, and climbing, he was in true love with the mountains. He has started rock climbing
in March last year and quickly became an active and popular member of the Auckland Section of
NZAC. In the last six months, Gergo summited Mount Taranaki, all 12 peaks of Mount Ruapehu,
Mount Earnslaw, Mount Temple and Mount Sefton – an impressive list. Prior to coming to New
Zealand Gergo had completed the Haute Route Pyrénéenne, an incredible 800km trek in Europe.
His last climb was Mt Rolleston, where he slipped on loose scree during the descent and died. He
was only 31 years old.
WHY IS THIS EVENT CALLED GERGO’S AMAZING RACE (GAR)?
Gergo's family and friends wished to organize a memorial event for him reflecting his passion for
orienteering, tramping, climbing. Also, he was a great team player and leader which they also wished
to refer to.
Gergo and his partner used to participate at a sort of Survival Race in Hungary that was about
endurance, tramping, puzzle solving. The race was an orienteering, strategic, skill-based rally that
challenged participants both mentally and physically. Gergo intended to set up a similar event here in
New Zealand but it never happened.. TILL NOW!
WHO IS THE RACE FOR?
For teams of 3-5 people.
Reasonable fitness condition is required but you’ll gain your points for both speed and puzzle solving.
No orienteering or climbing experience is needed.
HOW TO REGISTER?
Create a team of 3-5 people.
Send an email to GergosAmazingRace@gmail.com stating your teams name, names of members,
their age, contact email and phone number.
Registration closes on Wednesday, 18th of May 2016.
IS THERE ANY FEE?
There is no entry fee this year. But please bring cash for the donation box. This will allow us to
organize this event in the coming years.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY?
It is planned to be a 3-5 hours long puzzle solving / treasure hunting / tramping / running race - it
depends on the strategy of your team which part will dominate.
You will get points for solving tasks and puzzles, answering questions as well as for speed and
Whichever team has the most points will be the winner (not necessarily those who are the fastest,
strongest or prettiest). Strategy and team spirit will be the key.
Teams have to stick together during the whole race and have to walk or run. No transport is allowed
in any form.
Induction starts at 10.30 am where contestants are informed about the specifics of the tour.
Right after the induction teams move their way to the START, where they get their tracking card.
The course is set in advance but in order to get the actual course map teams have to solve a rather
There will be guards at some posts who give you tasks to test your logic, intellect and skillfulness.
Guards will also check whether all members are present in the teams.
If you are stuck, you can ask for help BUT! it will cost you some points.
Every team has to be back by 4 pm to the Event Centre. Teams arriving back late will get penalty
After the FINISH teams hand in their tracking cards and everyone can get their well-deserved GOULASH.
Cards will be evaluated and the winning team will be announced at 5.30 pm.
Those who rank among the best will get further rewards.
In the end, the winning team receives the challenge trophy too which they can keep until the next
rally. Afterwards, participants - exhausted but full of adventures - leave.
WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT TO WEAR?
Bring your smile, enthusiasm and team spirit.
Other than that some water and snack is recommended as no food or drink will be provided during
the race. You can always stop for a break in a café or restaurant, it is up to you how you use the 5
hours you have got to collect points.
Check the weather and select your layers accordingly. Make sure you have comfortable walking or
NOTE: All localities relating to the race are public accessed and by registering you agree to take responsibility for your own actions.
Any queries? Contact us on GergosAmazingRace@gmail.com or 027 456 8464