IS THE MULE A RACE?
In short No, the Mule is a team event, your time to completion is irrelevant, but your attitude and determination is key. The Mule events are about challenging yourself and about having fun together.
IF I WANT TO GO HARD & FAST WILL I GET A FINISH TIME?
Yes, the first individuals and teams across the line will be timed, the rest of the competitors will fall into 5 minute categories providing an insight into the total time without placing emphasise on this element.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION?
For the inaugural event the Mule has kept the registration simple, the special offer prices will remain in place until 30 days prior to the event, an additional late entry fee of $15 per person will be added in the final 30 days prior to the event day.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ENRY FEE?
Course entry on the day, Mule T-shirt (except the mini mule event), registration pack with any offers and samples that our local sponsors would like to include.
ARE THERE PRIZES?
Yes, the majority of prizes will be spot prizes awarded at the end of the event, with the fastest teams and individuals over the courses recognised during this event. The emphasise is on the taking part, and the completion of the challenge.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Less is more, avoid lose clothing, no jewellery or sunglasses!
Trainers with quality tread are imperative, no cleats. Lightweight clothing that is fast drying. You should bring a change of clothing with you for after the event. If you choose to wear gloves, ensure that they are tough thick gloves.
DOES THE MULE RUN IN ANY WEATHER?
The Mule events only get more exciting in mixed weather and the only reason for event cancellation will be made if the safety management is compromised.
ARE THERE SHOWERS?
No, we suggest bringing a towel and a change of clothing.
IS THERE PARKING?
Yes and there will be parking staff on the event days.
IS THERE FOOD & WATER?
There will be water stations throughout the course and there will be food available at the event for purchase (bring cash).
IS THERE FIRST AID?
Yes, the first aid on the Mule events is a priority and is planned specifically to event numbers and weather conditions.
WHERE DO I GET CHANGED?
There are areas undercover and may be some additional marquees on the event days, however please be prepared to get changed by your vehicles etc if necessary.
ARE THERE PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes – there will be Mule photographers at specific obstacles and these will be offered to competitors after the event.
HOW ARE PARTICIPANTS IDENTIFIED?
Each competitor will have an event number written on Mule cotton tape to be tied around foreheads and upper arms.
IS THERE CELL PHONE RECEPTION?
Partial, but not strong.
WHAT IS THE ACCESS ROAD LIKE?
The summer events will be fine and 2 wheel drive cars will be fine, the Winter event will be assessed and transport will be organised if necessary.
CAN WE CAMP ONSITE?
Yes there is a DOC campsite next to Moke Lake and this is one of the best campsites locations in New Zealand! Please bring $6 for the campsite.
ARE THERE FACILITIES ONSITE?
Within the DOC campsite there are toilets, and on the event day the Mule will supply additional event toilet facilities.
CAN MY FAMILY & FRIENDS WATCH?
Yes, the event is free for spectators, however there will be specific areas that your supporters may watch from around the entire course.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
No, this is a private area of farmland and neighbors a DOC reserve so please leave the hound support at home on this occasion.
CAN I COMPLETE THE COURSE IF I HAVE A DISABILITY?
With the right team in support yes, please contact the Mule directly if you have any specific questions.
DO I HAVE TO DO EVERY OBSTACLE?
The Mule encourage you to take on every obstacle no matter what, often falling of an obstacle will drop you into a pool of water or mud and getting through and out is just as much of a challenge as the obstacle you have fallen off. If you choose to avoid an obstacle your fellow competitors will no doubt let you know whether it was good choice or not…
CAN I GET A REFUND?
No, however you may transfer your event date if necessary up to two weeks prior to the event date.
WHAT LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN WATER IS REQUIRED?
We recommend that every participant is able to swim 30 feet with ease. Swimming is not required during the event, but there are sections of knee deep+ water.
IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT THE EVENT?
During the Summer event – no.
During the winter event – TBC due to weather and road conditions.
WHERE CAN I STAY?
Queenstown has a large range of accommodation available with budget to luxury options available. Book early!
SHOULD I HAVE INSURANCE FOR TEH EVENT DAY?
As a working New Zealand citizen you may be covered by ACC, however the Mule recommends insurance for competitors.
WHAT CAN SPECTATORS BRING?
Seats, strollers, video recorders, cameras, bags, umbrellas and lots of support!
WHAT CAN SPECTATORS NOT BRING?
Alcohol, pets, bikes and motorbikes.
MUST TEAMS FINISH THE COURSE TOGETHER?
No, although the emphasis of the Mule events is on teamwork and camaraderie, it is up to your team to decide how best to complete the Mule challenge!
DO WE NEED CASH ON THE EVENT DAY?
We recommend bringing some cash with you so that you can purchase food or additional beverages after the event. The Summer
Mule is very much an all day event and as such there will be a variety of food on offer.
ONCE WE HAVE COMPLETED OUR EVENT WHAT DO WE DO?
Congratulate yourselves and grab some food, support the other competitors and enjoy the atmosphere. We encourage you to stay for the prize giving at the end of the afternoon.
WHAT IS A MULE MANIAC?
A Mule Maniac is a person who has successfully completed the Mule course, you become part of the Mule Maniac community and will be kept in the loop with all exciting events, interesting Mule stories, celebrity events and more.