Large numbers boost multi-sport event
The addition of a new category for children to participate with their parents was the highlight of the South Waikato Generator multisport event.
UNO Generator aimed at children under the age of 12, received a great response.
Tirau’s Conor Jacobsen was the winner which had youngsters walk or run 4.5 kilometres.
Waikato River Trails general manager Glyn Wooller said the youngest competitor was 3-yearsold and it was really cool seeing kids compete.
‘‘We had a lot of children compete and we are really really pleased with that,’’ Wooller said.
‘‘It was nice to see parents with their children doing the event. It was lovely.’’
Numbers were up from last year with 242 people competing.
This included an increase in locals giving it a go.
Working together with the South Waikato District Council, Mighty River Power, Sport Waikato and the Waikato River Trails, Wooller said it took whole lot of supporters and sponsors to make the event happen.
‘‘It was really good and we got good local support.
‘‘The weather was just perfect. There was a bit of cloud and it wasn’t too hot, it was absolutely fantastic.’’
Winners didn’t include local participants but prizes stayed close to home with many from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
All category winners walked away with a trophy and a range of spot prizes donated by sponsors.
‘‘We had fantastic support from a large number of businesses.
‘‘It meant we could run the event and deliver some nice range of prizes.’’
The increase in numbers competing this year may help keep the event up and running.
At a previous council meeting Wooller announced they were questioning where the event was financially viable as numbers weren’t as high.
‘‘We’ll do a thorough review of the event and then make a decision.’’
Wooller said it was fantastic to have up to 20 marshalls from the Putaruru Lions and Putaruru Rotary come out to help.
‘‘The volunteers are critical to running an effective and safe event.’’
See more photos from the event on page 12.
Youngsters joined their parents in the first time UNO category which proved a success.