Make fitness a goal
It has been the Kiwi summer we dream about – fantastic weather and plenty of it.
So this year there is definitely no excuse to be sitting on the sofa bemoaning the lack of summer. Instead, why not set yourself the challenge of getting fit at the same time as participating in a community event?
Whether you have a bit of excess Christmas indulgence weight to shift, or you have set yourself the New Year’s resolution of getting fitter and more active, the task is made easier by having a goal.
And with less than 10 weeks until the Kaikoura New World Duathlon, now is the time to get training.
It is made easier by the fact that the summer series run kicks off again next week, on Tuesday, February 5.
If you are interested in working towards the duathlon, as a runner, walker, individual or team, the five kilometre run series is a great way to improve your general fitness ahead of April’s event. Join the ever- increasing throng of walkers, runners and cyclists at South Bay racecourse every Tuesday from 5.45pm (gold coin entry) and see for yourself how much fun you can have, not to mention making the most of our beautiful surroundings while it is still daylight and warm.
Summer series run co-organiser Emma Fissenden says the weekly event is designed with all abilities in mind. You can walk the dog, take the kids out on their bikes or sprint over the peninsula, depending on your fitness level.
The same goes for the duathlon. There will several categories, including one just for high school students, shorter distances for years 1 to 5, and years 6 to 8.
All courses for the younger children are in the racecourse grounds so they can be watched by parents.
Also new to this year’s event is a 5km run, which is ideal for anyone without a bike, and walkers will be welcome to take part in this too.
Local businesses can enter teams, or provide sponsorship in the way of spot prizes, or both.
Major sponsor Kaikoura New World is on board again, with owners Rod and Trish Flannery keen to boost community fitness.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 130 participants, many of whom who will be back to see if they can beat last year’s time. The idea behind the duathlon is to provide the opportunity for everyone to get off the couch and achieve a realistic goal for themselves.
For details about the duathlon, on Sunday, April 7, visit the Kaikoura Duathlon facebook page, kaikourasportsevents.co.nz, or come along to the Tuesday evening run/ walk/ bike sessions each week starting next week.
They’re off: Competitors cross the start line in last year’s New World Kaikoura duathlon.