Tawa school issues traverse challenge
Tawa Intermediate is issuing the Porirua Grand Traverse challenge to other schools.
The traverse, to be held on April 12, may attract 1000 competitors for the first time this year.
Along with the multisport section for the serious athletes, the fun run and schools’ challenge were part of the philosophy to get community participation, event manager Michael Jacques said.
‘‘We’re introducing people to multisport and if children can be encouraged to enter, then their parents might take part,’’ he said. ‘‘ We want people to have fun and push themselves a bit.’’
The schools’ challenge has been pared back this year, changing from a bike-waka-run event to be part of the 7.5km fun run over Whitireia Park.
Jacques said the logistical side of organising and marshalling the waka and bike stages became too difficult.
Just having a run would hopefully lead to more entrants, he said, and school pride would be on the line.
He expected about a dozen schools in the Porirua basin to take part.
has dominated the traverse challenge in the past and will likely be frontrunners, with up to 100 pupils at the start line.
There was a lunchtime running group and several staff members would also enter the fun run, teacher Iain Westphall said.
‘‘The traverse is good for promoting health and having so many of our kids being involved raises the profile of the school,’’ he said.
Pupil Jack Hawkey said he enjoyed taking part in the traverse.
It was a good challenge for his fitness, he said.