Entries open for Taniwha
Planning is under way and entries open today for one of the first events to be held on the Waikato River Trails.
The event named ‘‘The Taniwha‘‘ will be held on Saturday, November 10, and will showcase the spectacular scenery and off-road terrain along the five hydro lakes, along which the event will travel.
The Taniwha is New Zealand’s newest mountain biking and off-road running and walking event, catering for a range of experience, enthusiasm and fitness levels from an epic 80km mountain bike to a more modest 7km run or walk.
The event will be managed and produced by Total Sport, which has large experience delivering high quality participation events, and has been awarded ‘‘the best emerging event‘‘ at the national awards in the past.
The Total Sport team is working closely with partners the Waikato River Trails Trust and charity partner Shine, a domestic abuse charity with the objective of making homes violence free.
The Waikato River Trails Trust has spent the past eight years working with a large number of stakeholders, including major sponsor Mighty River Power, local councils and landowners to create a trail opening up access to the Waikato River.
This access now creates the opportunity for the Taniwha to take place, the first major participation-based event to combine mountain biking, running and walking options to be staged on a trail, which is part of the National Cycleways initiative, endorsed by John Key.
The event is well supported locally with key sponsorship coming from both the South Waikato and Taupo district councils, and additional sponsorship from a number of local businesses. The Taniwha is likely to attract a large number of participants, because the event is near Hamilton, Auckland, Taupo and Rotorua.
The Taniwha represents the guardians of the Waikato River.
‘‘Waikato Taniwharau – he piko he taniwha he piko he taniwha. ... ’’ on every bend of the Waikato River is a guardian.
More information can be found at thetaniwha.co.nz
TANIWHA: New event will put your fitness to the test.