Get ready for Grand Tra­verse

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Early reg­is­tra­tions are open for Porirua Grand Tra­verse.

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to break the 1000 mark for par­tic­i­pants in the iconic mul­ti­sport event, which takes place on April 6.

The event was re­branded this year and Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic be­came the start/fin­ish area.

This year’s event worked ‘‘in­cred­i­bly well’’, race co-or­di­na­tor Mar­jolein Cook said.

‘‘We had 900 peo­ple take part, pretty much dou­ble the num­ber from 2012, and hav­ing ev­ery­thing fo­cused at one point [Whi­tireia] was great.

‘‘It led to a re­ally pos­i­tive at­mos­phere for ev­ery­one. We want to recre­ate that.’’

The course, for ev­ery­one from elite mul­ti­sporters to fun run­ners, would not change from this year’s, Cook said.

For the elite com­peti­tors, an eightk­ilo­me­tre kayak to Browns Bay and back, a moun­tain­bike into Bel­mont Re­gional Park — with a slight mod­i­fi­ca­tion be­cause of Trans­mis­sion Gully — and a moun­tain run up Colo­nial Knob and down into Ti­tahi Bay would be con­sid­ered a ‘‘train­ing run’’, or­gan­iser and spon­sor Gra­ham Find­later said.

Or­gan­is­ers hope to at­tract the likes of stars Mar­cel Ha­gener, Richard Ussher and Jill Westenra, but it de­pends on their sched­ules.

‘‘There’s a lot of climbs, so it does test you,’’ Find­later said.

The youth chal­lenge, in­volv­ing waka, moun­tain­bike and run legs, was be­lieved to be the only event of its kind in the re­gion, Cook said.

The fun run, mean­while, con­tin­ues to at­tract big num­bers and could in­volve work teams and fam­i­lies.

‘‘Our new tagline – All Ages, All Abil­i­ties, All Amaz­ing – is what we’re about,’’ Cook said.

‘‘Sure, there’s an elite el­e­ment, but we want to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­ally get in­volved in the fun run and even dress up for it.

‘‘The great thing is it’s do-able for or­di­nary peo­ple.’’

The fun run starts at the Ti­tahi Bay surf club, goes through Whi­tireia Park and ends up at the poly­tech.

Lo­cal busi­nesses, such as Rain­bow Cre­ative and Hen­shaw Signs, had been very sup­port­ive, Cook said.

More than 150 peo­ple were in­volved from the or­gan­is­ing to the mar­shalling and time­keep­ing on the day, she said.

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