See and feel the ultimate relay, Red Bull Defiance

Want to do the world’s hardest relay race in New Zealand? Watch the POV video below.
By Lukas Pilz

The gruelling multisport event known as Red Bull Defiance saw an international field of 100 multisport athletes battle on a course of over 200km, with a total elevation of 5238m. It all took place in the rugged landscape of Wanaka, New Zealand in challenging weather conditions, over seven punishing stages of running, kayaking, mountain biking, abseiling and clay-pigeon shooting. Get the POV wrap-up of the race below, then scroll down for action and images. 

See the POV video from the punishing race below.

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The abseiling was real-deal: the teams had to dangle off a cliff to move through the course. 

Just hangin’ out


Team Defliers, consisting of Daniel Jones from Whakatane and Tasmanian Alex Hunt, won the Men’s Elite and overall title and $10,000 in prize money.

The Mixed Elite title went to Team Racers Edge – German-born Wanaka local Simone Maier and Ohakune resident Marcel Hagner – who also took home $10,000 cash.

 Paddle, paddle, paddle

Red Bull Defiance race director, Aaron Carter, summed up this year's race by saying the challenge is now out there for others to face.

"We had some amazing champions today but anyone who does this event is a complete champion," says Carter. "I would love to see hundreds of people crossing this finishline. It takes commitment and serious training, but you look at the terrain around here and you just want to engage as many people as possible. It doesn't get much more stunning than this!"

Run, run, run


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