Changes afoot in an­nual run

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A new venue for the Rustic Run­Walk this year will chal­lenge but of­fer a ‘‘whole new level of com­fort’’, or­gan­is­ers say.

High­lands Events co-direc­tor Terry Davis said he was ex­cited to base them­selves at the Mt Dif­fi­culty Win­ery this year.

‘‘In the highly un­likely oc­ca­sion of it rain­ing or be­ing oth­er­wise less than hos­pitable weather we have room within the win­ery it­self to cover and keep warm all the sup­port­ers and wait­ing team run­ners. The lo­cal gym­nas­tics club will be there sell­ing piz­zas straight out of the mo­bile pizza oven and Mac­cona cof­fee as an im­por­tant fundraiser for their club.’’

The run-walk was started by Glen Chris­tiansen at the Kawa­rau Gold­fields Min­ing Cen­tre back in 2009, Davis said.

‘‘The idea was a 5km lap you ran around four times for a half marathon or eight times for a full marathon and cat­e­gories for teams to do it re­lay-style. Prizes were awarded for best dressed and peo­ple got teams of mates or work col­leagues to­gether for a fun morn­ing of ca­ma­raderie and com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Davis helped Chris­tiansen set the orig­i­nal course then took over the event in 2013.

‘‘This year the de­ci­sion was made to move the event around the cor­ner to Mt Dif­fi­culty Vine­yard and have the course go through some vine­yards but mostly the Ban­nock­burn Sluic­ings.’’

En­tries were look­ing good this year, he said.

Views from the new Rustic Run course at Mt Dif­fi­culty, Ban­nock­burn, Cen­tral Otago.

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