Revamped traverse will appeal to all categories
Visit: www.pgt.org.nz for further details. The Porirua Grand Traverse is under a month away and entrants in the multisport event should welcome the updated course, while fun runners will enjoy the views and the solid test of a 7.5km run.
The event’s new co-ordinator, Marjolein Cook, says registrations are rolling in and they are hoping to get more than 600 entrants across all categories for the April 7 pursuit.
There are a number of changes from previous years, the two major ones being a mountain bike leg in Belmont Regional Park and all transitions and the start/finish area will be at the Whitireia campus.
‘‘ We’ve gone ahead with a big revamp – new branding, new website – but it still remains an event that will appeal to both the multisporters and the general public.
‘‘The fun run and youth challenge are very popular but we did not want to turn off the hardcore athletes, so we ran a survey in November to see what they would want changed . . . [it revealed] the mountain run and the mountain bike were too long.’’
Along with the fun run – which starts at Titahi Bay surf club, goes through Whitireia Park and down to the polytech – the youth event will entail waka ama and a run. Entrants can also enter just the mountain run or mountain bike.
The mountain bike course heads up into Belmont via Ascot Park.
‘‘There’s going to be a great variety of terrain, with gnarly climbs and downhill runs,’’ says Cook. ‘‘ For everyone, across all the event options, the views will be amazing. It’s been a long process to get to here and we’re hopeful everyone’s going to be excited about the event.’’
There will be prizes, including a family trip on the Interislander for those who register in March.