Fun obstacles in way of warriors
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.
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.