Tra­verse the re­gion’s ‘hid­den gems’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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