The Tani­wha – first river trails event launched

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By HEATHER GABY

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 thetani­

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