Record num­ber races Mo­tu­tapu

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A record field of more than 2000 peo­ple laced up their run­ning shoes to hit the tracks of Home Bay on Mo­tu­tapu Is­land for the fifth an­nual Part­ner’s Life DUAL event on Satur­day.

The DUAL is a trail-run­ning, moun­tain­bik­ing and off-road triathlon event staged across the Hau­raki Gulf’s Mo­tu­tapu and Ran­gi­toto is­lands. Two-thirds of en­trants took part in a 6km, 10km, 21km or 42km run or walk.

Auck­land’s Andy Palmer won the men’s ti­tle in 3hr 27min in his first DUAL marathon at­tempt.

Fel­low Auck­lan­der Sara Jones- Ho­gan won the women’s event, cov­er­ing the gru­elling 42.2km in a touch over four hours.

Moun­tain­bik­ers took ad­van­tage of the only day of the year that they can ride on the is­land and took off on a 30km or 50km ad­ven­ture.

Shane Kaio won the 50km moun­tain­bike event in 2hr 16min and Tracy Steens won the women’s ti­tle in a cool 2hr 56min.

For the first time in the event’s his­tory an off-road triathlon was added to the event.

The event re­ceived of­fi­cial sanc­tion­ing as the Triathlon New Zealand Cross Tri Na­tion­als giv­ing ath- letes at the sharper end of the field the abil­ity to qual­ify for the ITU World Cross Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Hol­land in July.

Veronika Ziemke and Oliver Shaw took the in­au­gu­ral Cross Tri Na­tional ti­tles beat­ing their ri­vals by more than three and six min­utes re­spec­tively.

The event raised more than $100,000 for the Mo­tu­tapu Restora­tion Trust which aims to re­plant large sec­tions of Mo­tu­tapu in na­tive trees.

Record num­bers: More than 2000 peo­ple took to Mo­tu­tapu Is­land to take part.

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