Weather, views lure them in

Central Leader - - NEWS -

More than 2000 people took to Mo­tu­tapu Is­land on Satur­day for the Part­ners Life DUAL Mo­tu­tapu – Ran­gi­toto Tra­verse.

The event in­cludes full marathon and half marathons, 35 kilo­me­tres and 45km moun­tain bike rides and a 6km or 10km run/walk.

The DUAL drew a di­verse range of people from all walks of life in­clud­ing some from as far afield as Hong Kong and Cal­i­for­nia who trav­elled to New Zealand specif­i­cally to take part.

‘‘It was so fan­tas­tic to see so many fam­i­lies and groups of friends soak­ing up the in­cred­i­ble views and en­joy­ing time to­gether,’’ or­gan­iser Ni­cola Carter says.

As the only mul­ti­sport event to take place on a pest-free is­land sanc­tu­ary moun­tain bik­ers took ad­van­tage of the fact it’s the only day of the year that bikes can be rid­den on the is­land.

The moun­tain bike events were ex­tremely pop­u­lar again this year and more than 400 bikes joined in.

‘‘Ev­ery­one took ad­van­tage of the stun­ning weather and en­joyed the tran­quil sur­round­ings of Home Bay on Mo­tu­tapu fol­low­ing their race where a free con­cert pro­vided the per­fect end­ing to a top-notch day.’’

The Part­ners Life DUAL sup­ports the work of the Mo­tu­tapu Restora­tion Trust on the Is­land and will take place again in 2015.

Spe­cial event: Marathon run­ners take part in the DUAL Mo­tu­tapu - Ran­gi­toto Tra­verse.

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