A multi-sport event for all of the fam­ily

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

SUPLLIED

Fam­i­lies are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in The Gen­er­a­tor multi-sport event in the South Waikato.

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