Warrior challenge mud to measure
Kaiko¯ura’s popular obstacle race is back.
The Kaiko¯ura Warrior promises to be fun, filthy, and good for you.
However, it’s not for the fainthearted, said race director Kim Boyce-Campbell.
‘‘There will be more mud, water and other novel obstacles for competitors to negotiate in the annual helter-skelter around the South Bay course,’’ she said.
‘‘The mud pits were the most popular and this year there are going to be three.
‘‘Last year we just had one and everyone loved it.’’
Boyce-Campbell is intent on making the race a welcome respite after a year dominated by earthquake recovery efforts.
‘‘We’ve missed out on a lot over the past year and what better way to mark the anniversary of the quake than by having fun together.’’
This is the fourth year Kaiko¯ura Warrior has run and there are three courses to choose from, all based around the South Bay Racecourse area.
There’s a 1.5km Mini Warrior for children, 3km Apprentice Warrior for those with average fitness and the 6km Ultimate Warrior.
The ultimate warrior is a ‘‘hard core’’ race involving a
muddy shingle run along South Bay and a muddy slog up a creek bed.
With racers last year giving the thumbs-up to water and mud obstacles in particular, they will face more of that this year.
As well as two extra ‘‘super slippery’’ mud pits, a see-saw and other surprise obstacles there are some other fun challenges for the kids.
‘‘With all the road-building going on, you might see a few injokes with some of the obstacles and we are looking forward to having the involvement of plenty of North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance NCTIR crew,’’ said BoyceCampbell.
‘‘There’s been quite a buzz about the event this year and I’ve had lots of people asking me about it so I expect it will grow.’’
Boyce-Campbell is hoping to see an increase on the 140 who took part last year.
The defending men’s and women’s 6km champions, Martin Pattison and Ella Hutchison, will be back, but Boyce-Campbell said they would face some strong opposition.
‘‘Last year we had a group come up from Christchurch who managed to take out some of the top places and they had so much fun they are all coming back this year and are hoping to bring a couple of more teams.’’
With other local events can- celled through road closures, land damage and lack of sponsorship, she said it was important for the Kaiko¯ura Warrior to go ahead.
Boyce-Campbell said she received great support from Downer, Kaikoura ITM, Kaiko¯ura Youth Council, both the Lions and Seaward Lions Clubs, Innovative Waste, Ngai 2 Sport Tasman, Tahu Fisheries, the local fire brig- ade, ASB and Lotto volunteers, along with those who are helping build the course.
All place-getters and the best fancy dress entrants will receive prizes and Boyce-Campbell said they have a lot of great spot prizes to give away.
‘‘The event is a tonne of fun, and it can be as challenging as you make it. Most people enjoy the opportunity to push themselves a bit and feel like they have really achieved something.’’
For more information contact Kim Boyce-Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 03 319 5026 ext 236 and to register for Kaiko¯ura Warrior on Sunday November 19 go to www.sporttasman.org.nz/warrior,
The Kaiko¯ura Warrior is back muddier and wetter than ever.