Event Announcement – Tuesday 8th February 2022
Beloved ROFers, here we go again…
Covid-19 has become the kryptonite of the events industry.
Victory Events have been heavily affected by the mandates set in place by the Government, with the Ring of Fire being the first major trail running event to be cancelled in 2020… just a few days out from the event.
The date had been set for the third Ring of Fire event on 21st March 2020 and we couldn’t wait! All plans were put in place, entry numbers were high, and then the Government announced that effective 15th March all travellers would need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival – thus restricting 120 international athletes from 14 countries from attending the event.
The next kick in the guts for us would be Tuesday 17th of March 2020 where a ban of all gatherings and events over 500 people was put in place. We were shocked, you were dismayed, and we had to cancel the event. But we were not going to let it die…
On Saturday 30th January 2021 the ROF 50km was run within the annual Tussock Traverse event, with the intent to bring ROF back in March 2022. Things were looking good for a time, so we forged forward with planning for the event.
Once again entries were high, showing us that you really wanted (and needed) the event to go ahead just as much as we did and we were getting excited!
Then, just two days prior to Victory Events’ Goat Tongariro event, we started to hear whispers of a potential change for the whole country, to the event-restrictive Red setting. We held our breath and trudged forward, and the Goat went ahead on Saturday 21st January 2022.
Just one day later, the Government announced that due to a potential new strain outbreak, the entire country would be moved to a modified Red setting, effective immediately. We were relieved for the Goat, but worried for ROF.
Since this announcement, event management has been working hard considering all of the logistics, risks, and options for continuing with the event this year.
However, the Ring of Fire is a beast of an event that simply cannot be operated under the Red setting. We contemplated ‘waiting and seeing’, but we don’t want to play that game with so much on the line, we never want to be forced to cancel on event week again.
So the most responsible thing we can do is to announce today that we are cancelling the 2022 Ring of Fire incorporating the Tussock Traverse.
What does this mean for you? We’re keeping it simple.
If you currently hold an entry for the 2022 event, this will be fully transferred to the 2023 Ring of Fire incorporating the Tussock Traverse event on Saturday 11th March 2023!
If you do not wish to transfer, you can request a refund of 50% of your entry cost anytime before midnight on 11th March 2022 when all remaining entries will be transferred to 2023. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to opt for the 50% refund.
We know you will be disappointed, and we are sorry that it has come to this. But we hope that you will take us up on the offer of a full transfer, because ROF will be back, and it will be delivered as intended. Think of it as an extra 12 months training time.
The team at Victory Events hope that you will still visit the Tongariro National Park this year. Get up the magnificent Maunga, take a breath, look, and feel the spirit of this special place.
We thank our many sponsors and supporters for getting behind our family business with ROF this year and hope to have you back onboard into the future.
So today, we won’t think about what could have been. We will focus on what WILL be happening on Saturday 11th March 2023: New Zealand’s premier alpine ultra and adventure trail event, the Ring of Fire incorporating the Tussock Traverse, featuring an even more diverse and adrenalin rich experience than ever before!
The Victory Events Team