Traverse the region’s ‘hidden gems’
The Grand Traverse might be eight weeks away but there’s no better time to begin training.
Organisers Richard WithefordSmith and Graham Findlater say entries are already coming in and are likely to number in the hundreds.
While the multisport course hasn’t changed much since the first outing in 2006, the options for fun competition have.
After trialling a fun run last year, it will be a central part of the day’s programme on April 3.
The 7.5 kilometre run or walk around Titahi Bay and through Whitireia Park will be a World Vision fundraiser for many college students.
The Youth Challenge is also on again, featuring the 2km waka paddle, 8km mountain bike leg and 2km run.
There are likely to be ‘‘20 to 30’’ serious competitors in the Grand Traverse itself.
This will comprise a 33km mountain bike ride through Battle Hill, into the Belmont Hills and down into Cannons Creek and to Bishop Viard College.
This is followed by an 18km run over the spectacular headlands in Titahi Bay and Whitireia Park, before ending with a 12km kayak in the harbour, finishing near the waka shelter opposite Whitireia Community Polytechnic.
While there will be individuals pitting themselves against the course, there will be plenty of teams taking part too, Mr Witheford-Smith said.
He said they wanted to stress, however, that the event was a chance for locals to see their city and have fun.
‘‘ It’s a good test but there’s Co-organisers of the Grand Traverse, Graham Findlater (left) and Richard WithefordSmith, atop the Whitireia Park section of the course, show where runners will go. Hopefully it will not be as windy on April 3. something for everyone to take part in, every age and fitness level can be catered for.
‘‘The challenge for many is to better their time from last year.’’
Mr Findlater says entrants will witness the best scenery Porirua has to offer.
‘‘We’re talking about some of the most spectacular views you’re ever likely to see and a chance to go into parts of Porirua you couldn’t normally, like behind Cannons Creek and above Titahi Bay.
‘‘ Thereare so many hidden gems, some of it is just amazing.’’
There will be cash prizes, a number of spot prizes, including some from Interislander, and a $500 uniform prize for one of the school teams.
There will be a special award for the best-dressed team.
A number of local clubs and volunteers will assist in the event, including the Olympic Harriers and Titahi Golf Club, who will man a drinks station.
There is also a Facebook page for people who want to enter as a team, but may still need someone to do one of the other disciplines. Search for Porirua Grand Travers on Facebook.
Entry forms can be obtained from this week’s Kapi-Mana News, at our office. You can also enter online at poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz.