En­tries open for Tani­wha

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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