Make fit­ness a goal

Kaikoura Star - - SPORT - By EMMA DANGER­FIELD

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.

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