Re­vamped tra­verse will ap­peal to all cat­e­gories

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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