Fun ob­sta­cles in way of war­riors

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

If you’re keen to get off the couch and take on a run­ning event with a dif­fer­ence, head down to Kaik­oura on Sun­day for the Kaik­oura War­rior Race.

There are three cour­ses, rang­ing from 6km to 1km, based around a novel ob­sta­cle course to tackle. Or­gan­iser Laura Stokes says the event is a chance for people of all ages and fit­ness lev­els to shake off the win­ter shack­les and have a good time ex­er­cis­ing.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a whole lot of fun, silly cos­tumes, a bit of com­pet­i­tive­ness, es­pe­cially be­tween lo­cal busi­ness teams, and a chance for a blow out,’’ Stokes says.

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op­tions, from a 1km or 1.5km course for chil­dren to 3km for those want­ing a mod­er­ate test, and a 6km bat­tle through bush and beach for the ‘‘ul­ti­mate war­rior’’.

Par­tic­i­pants can ex­pect to face a host of ob­sta­cles as they run or walk around the course, in­clud­ing hav­ing to crawl un­der tourist buses, over hay bales and through cul­verts, as well as take on the chal­leng­ing ter­rain sur­round­ing the Kaik­oura Race­course, where the event will be based.

‘‘There won’t be any time to think about be­ing tired, there will be a fun ob­sta­cle at ev­ery turn,’’ Stokes says.

Chil­dren tak­ing part would be en­cour­aged to bring their wa­ter guns to soak the adults when they

Pukeko are prob­a­bly one of the most recog­nised na­tive birds in New Zealand, with their dis­tinc­tive colour­ing and habit of feed­ing on the ground.

They in­tro­duced them­selves from Aus­tralia about 1000 years ago, so de­spite their pref­er­ence for run­ning, they can fly well enough when they have to.

Un­like many other na­tive birds, the pukeko has adapted well to hu­man-mod­i­fied habi­tats, such as grassed pad­docks, crop lands and even city parks, a ne­ces­sity brought about by dis­ap­pear­ing wet­lands.

How­ever, the pukeko is es­sen­tially a bird of wet ar­eas, la­goons, Or­gan­ised: Pukeko are highly so­cial birds that work to­gether to de­fend their ter­ri­tory from preda­tors and other pukeko. race. Many of the ru­ral- type ob­sta­cles had been spon­sored, made or bor­rowed from the com­mu­nity, she says.

Stokes, who is Sport Tas­man’s com­mu­nity sport and re­cre­ation ad­viser, says she has had the idea for the race for a while but de­cided to do some­thing about it tak­ing part in the Sub­ur­ban School Mud Chal­lenge in Kaik­oura and the CBD Stam­pede in Christchurch ear­lier this year, which both fea­tured ob­sta­cles.

The race, which is open to in­di­vid­u­als and teams, will be a good prepa­ra­tion for the 10 ladies teams signed to do the Spring Chal­lenge in Hok­i­tika in Septem­ber, she says. Go you: Laura Stokes run­ning over a BMWat the CBD Stam­pede in Christchurch in Jan­uary, an ur­ban-themed ob­sta­cle race which gave her some in­spi­ra­tion for the Kaik­oura War­rior event.

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