Hun­dreds take part in Tani­wha

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

Nearly 1000 peo­ple took to the Waikato River Trails for the Tani­wha sport­ing event this year.

In its third year, the event saw com­peti­tors aged from six to 86 tak­ing part; walk­ing, run­ning or bik­ing sec­tions of the 100km of river trails.

Waikato River Trails Trust and To­tal Sport joined forces to present this event with support from South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil, and part of each en­try fee went to Shine – a char­ity striv­ing to pre­vent do­mes­tic abuse in New Zealand.

Dave Franks of To­tal Sport said lo­cal in­volve­ment was healthy, with 46 per cent of par­tic­i­pants hail­ing from the Waikato. The 54 per cent from out­side the re­gion in­cluded one Aus­tralian com­peti­tor.

‘‘It was just magic to see so many peo­ple from all walks of life hav­ing a blast on the Waikato River Trails and en­joy­ing the area’s nat­u­ral beauty.’’

Tracks take in board­walks over wet­lands, swing bridges, na­tive bush, ex­otic for­est, his­toric land­marks, in­ter­est­ing ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tions, open re­serves and a num­ber of dam cross­ings.

Franks sus­pected the South Waikato Dis­trict was rather un­known to many of the peo­ple tak­ing part in the event and said the Tani­wha event did a great job of show­cas­ing the dis­trict.

‘‘The com­ments peo­ple made to me both at the event and via email since the event is that they just loved the area ... I imag­ine many of th­ese peo­ple will visit more fre­quently now.’’

Dave praised all those in­volved in the event.

‘‘The lo­cal in­volve­ment is truly in­stru­men­tal in the on­go­ing suc­cess of The Tani­wha.

‘‘We are so lucky to have such help­ful vol­un­teer groups, pro­fes­sional event sup­pli­ers and pro- ac­tive coun­cils who truly make this event tick.

‘‘The Tani­wha also takes pride in the fact that it gives a huge amount back to th­ese groups, lo­cal com­pa­nies and rate pay­ers through eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the area.’’

Waikato River Trails gen­eral man­ager Glyn Wooller said as of next year, a sec­ond ‘‘ epic and ex­hil­a­rat­ing’’ event would be in­tro­duced to the trails’ sport­ing cal­en­dar.

Named The Gen­er­a­tor, the multi-sport event can be tack­led as an in­di­vid­ual chal­lenge, or by team ef­fort.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

SPIR­ITED:

Susie and Scott Breb­ner race through the fin­ish after com­plet­ing the an­nual Tani­wha sport­ing event.

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