The Taniwha – first river trails event launched
Planning is under way and entry is open 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 offroad running and walking event catering for a range of experi- ence, 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 vast experience delivering high quality participation events, and have 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 trails offer the perfect opportunity for an event like The Taniwha, 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 Prime Minister John Key.
The event is very well supported locally with key sponsorship coming from both the South Waikato and Taupo District Councils and with additional sponsorship from a number of local businesses.
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.
Individual and team options are available which include: Mountain Bike: 21km, 42km, 58km or 80km.
Walk: 7km, 14km or 21km and Run: 7km, 14km, 21km, 42km or 58km. To enter online visit thetaniwha.co.nz