Big Easy beck­ons

The fam­ily-friendly event at Snow Farm will cater for all abil­i­ties...

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Good views and good vibes are guar­an­teed on the Big Easy runs and moun­tain bik­ing cour­ses at the Snow Farm, or­gan­iser Terry Davies says.

The fam­ily-friendly event on Jan­uary 28 in Wanaka will cater to all abil­i­ties.

This year the Big Easy will in­clude a new 100km re­lay race cat­e­gory, which Davies ex­pects to be pop­u­lar.

The 100km run can be also be con­quered by sin­gle ath­letes, with a start time of 3am and a 20 hour fin­ish cut-off.

The big­gest race should not be taken lightly, Davies said.

‘‘It’s over 4000 me­tres of climb­ing.’’

Keen moun­tain bik­ers could take on the 48km Big Easy course.

The race starts at the Snow Farm, trav­els to the top of Mt Pisa, then down­hill to Lug­gate and fin­ish­ing at Al­bert Town Tav­ern.

Davies said the race was not the hard­est for ex­pe­ri­enced moun­tain bik­ers, but had a few dif­fi­cul­ties.

‘‘You have a mas­sive down­hill, but it’s very dif­fi­cult tech­ni­cal­ly­wise.’’

For less of a chal­lenge, ath­letes can do a 13km river run, with a

12pm start at Lake McKay sta­tion.

The course will fol­low farm tracks and join with the Clutha River trail.

En­tries for the Big Easy are $120 be­fore Jan­uary 23, ris­ing to $150 later, with a $50 fee for un­der 19-year-olds.

All fees in­clude a lunch and beer at the tav­ern af­ter the race.

The prize giv­ing is at 3pm at the tav­ern.

Tick­ets: high­lande­vents.co.nz/ the-big-easy

Keen moun­tain bik­ers could take on the 48km Big Easy course.

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