Merino Muster

Will the real Merino Muster please stand up

Finally… A ski marathon took place today! A real one. On snow. On skies. Despite the current travel-situation (or let’s call it a no-travel-situation) and despite a very low snow base, the organizers of the Merino Muster, New Zealand’s biggest ski marathon, were able to prepare a track and hold the race.

Today 130 skies visited the Snow Farm in Wanaka, the home of Merino Muster, and skied either 7, 21 or 28 km. Usually the full length is 42 km, which was not possible this year.

The winners of today’s race are Rachel Knott and Campbell Wright, both New Zealand. Campbell, who competed at the World Junior Biathlon Championships in Switzerland earlier this year, said: “It was really nice out there and the track was mean. It was good to say ‘hi’ to everyone and cheer people on. It was a real family vibe.” Behind him, Tim David took the second place and Petr Sykoia the third.

Campbell Wright winning the 28km Merino Muster 2020. (c) Gerrick Cameron

Virtual edition for all international skiers

Snow Farm co-founder Mary Lee organized a virtual Merino Muster for the international competitors who would normally take part. Everyone can join the race by signing up and ski, rollerski or run a distance of his choice and record it with a sportswatch or mobile device. After uploading the file, every participant will receive a diploma and medal, plus a race t-shirt if ordered. Already 160 sportsmen have participated in the virtual Merino Muster. What about you?

Snow Farm co-founder Mary Lee enjoying her Merino Muster

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