Record number races Motutapu
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.