New event to fea­ture in rail trail race

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Moun­tain bike races have been added to the Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail’s flag­ship mul­ti­sport event.

Race direc­tor Graeme Dun­can, of the Man­iototo Lions Club, said they were ex­cited to fea­ture a new event this year to be held on Fe­bru­ary 25 and 26.

‘‘In ad­di­tion to the multi-day or sin­gle day duathlons we have in­tro­duced moun­tain bike races.’’

Com­peti­tors could choose to race as in­di­vid­u­als or a team. Race one was 91km which started in Clyde and fin­ished in Ran­furly. Race two was 59km and started in Ran­furly and fin­ished in Mid­dle­march.

The multi-day duathlon had been held in the last week­end of Fe­bru­ary for the past 18 years, he said.

‘‘It co­in­cides with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the trail.’’

Hun­dreds from around the re­gion reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pated in the Rail Trail Duathlon.

‘‘The beauty of it is you don’t have to be an elite ath­lete to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s all off road and is great for school or sport­ing groups, busi­ness teams and new­bies to the multi-sport scene.’’

Prizes in­cluded a $2000 hol­i­day in New Zealand, he said. Reg­is­ter at rail­trail­d­uathlon.com.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cromwell Swim Cen­tre.

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