Changes afoot in annual run
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.