A multi-sport event for all of the family
Excitement is brewing for The Generator 2017 Waikato River Trails multi-sport event as it heads into its third year.
The Saturday, April 8 event incorporates kayaking, road cycling, trail running, and mountain biking, in the Lake Karapiro and Arapuni Village vicinity in the South Waikato with options for seasoned competitors to first timers on offer.
Waikato River Trails general manager Glyn Wooller said he’s expecting entries to be up on previous years.
‘‘We had 270 entries last year which we are expecting to grow a little bit because it’s a great family event and a lot of real gun athletes also use it as leverage to launch into other events,’’ he said.
‘‘It allows competitors to connect with some really cool things like the Waikato River Trails and the Waikato River which are unique to this area and Mercury, which is one of our event partners, open their gates so competitors can go around the back of their spillway in Arapuni which is a one day opportunity to do so.’’
‘‘We’ve also designed it so that it is accessible in terms of cost and entry fees are not really high like some other events. They range from $15 to $105,’’ he said.
Competitors have the option of taking part in four options. The
‘‘It is a real buzz seeing little kids with big number banners because it's the first event for many of them.’’
full 61.5km option, done as a team or individually, the 55.5km tri option, also done as a team or individually, the 17.5km duo option, or the 5km uno option which is free for registered kids under 12 with a participating and paying adult. There are also secondary school categories.
‘‘Kids get an event pack and number like everyone else. It is a real buzz seeing little kids with big number banners because it’s the first event for many of them,’’ he said.
‘‘Mercury gave them badges when they completed it last year and it’s just about getting that positive experience in front of them.’’
He said having Mercury, the South Waikato District Council, and Sport Waikato on board was invaluable.
‘‘Bringing our key partners together on a common cause is a nice thing and we also have the Lions and Rotary marshalling so it is a true community event,’’ he said. Visit wrt-thegenerator.com.
Families are being encouraged to take part in The Generator multi-sport event in the South Waikato.