Discovery to enter ‘Race’

Show to feature real-life ordeals of Kiwi Traverse

Discovery Channel will produce a four-hour adventure mini “Discovery Channel Adventure Race” for exclusive telecast on the channel in spring 2001.

Mini will chronicle the real-life ordeals of participants in the Southern Traverse, an annual extreme multisport race held in southern New Zealand that includes white-water kayaking and various high-mountain maneuvering.

Discovery’s history in reality-adventure programming includes the “Eco-Challenge” series, on which CBS’ “Survivor” exec producer Mark Burnett cut his teeth.

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