Richie McCaw is smashing the GodZone adventure race

As of last night, All Black legend Richie McCaw is in a respectable 28th place out of 60 teams competing in the seven-day international GodZone adventure race in Tasman, which kicked off on Saturday.

The two-time World Cup winner is taking part as a member of the Cure Kids team, alongside Wanaka adventure racer Sarah Fairmaid, former Blues rugby player Ben Meyer and New Zealand Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nicol. The team is hoping to raise awareness and funds for medical research.

The race has been gruelling so far, with a bike ride through the Richmond Range which had McCaw and his male team mates plod on in silence.

The second transition, at Wairoa Gorge, saw a 52km trek through the Red Hills.

Two teams have succumbed to injury and pulled out, with a team member of Wanaka CPR needing a helicopter airlift out of the trek due to a knee injury, and another from team Bones receiving lacerations after a fall.

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