An­nual Tower Run a power of fun

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Reg­is­tra­tions open to­day for the popular an­nual J Swap Mata­mata Chron­i­cle Tower Run.

The event, held this year on March 6, is a fundraiser for the Mata­mata Ath­letic Club and Mata­mata Har­ri­ers.

The 2015 event will see some changes to the team event cat­e­gories. In pre­vi­ous years, there were four team cat­e­gories for the 6.6 kilo­me­tre run, but due to a lack of in­ter­est in th­ese, they will no longer be an op­tion. The only team event is the open run­ning team for the 6.6km dis­tance.

In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories are un­changed. Tro­phies will be up for grabs. Mata­mata Chron­i­cle manager Milly Keys said the Tower Run was a fun com­mu­nity event which was ‘‘all about fam­i­lies get­ting out there and ac­tive’’.

‘‘This is an event or­gan­ised by in­di­vid­u­als who have dif­fer­ent day jobs and the rea­son we do it is be­cause we’re re­ally pas­sion­ate about our lo­cal clubs and the im­por­tance of be­ing ac­tive.’’

Keys and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee en­cour­age lo­cal clubs to wear club colours and busi­nesses to get in­volved too.

While there has been a change with the team events, or­gan­is­ers cer­tainly don’t want to stop peo­ple run­ning or walk­ing to­gether as a group.

Putting to­gether an event like the Tower Run takes a lot of time and ef­fort.

‘‘Ev­ery year we get tremen­dous sup­port from Lou Beer at Sport Waikato, Mata­mata New World who do­nate the wa­ter, and Tower Rd Mo­tel, who man the wa­ter sta­tions, Ro­tary and Ki­wia­nis who mar­shall on the evening, along with the lo­cal po­lice and St John and Roslyn Nancekiv­ell, pre­ven­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the Mata­mata Pi­ako Fam­ily Safety Net­work, who sup­plies ap­ples. We couldn’t do it with­out all of this help.’’

Last year’s change to the course start and fin­ish, be­ing at the same place, proved suc­cess­ful and will be con­tin­ued this year. The course starts and fin­ishes at the Karaka St en­trance of Tom Grant Dr.

There are two dis­tances on of­fer, 6.6km and 4km, and run­ners and walk­ers can only en­ter one cat­e­gory.

There will be spot en­tries start from $5.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able now from the Chron­i­cle of­fice at 2 Tainui St un­til noon race day.

The com­mit­tee en­cour­age en­trants to reg­is­ter be­fore noon on race day but they will be ac­cept­ing late reg­is­tra­tions for an ad­di­tional fee at the start line, from 5pm.

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