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 kim.b@sport­tas­man.org.nz 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.

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