Taniwha contest is as scary as you want it
Despite its name there’s nothing too scary about participating in this year’s Total Sport Taniwha event.
In its fifth year two new options have been incorporated into the November 4 mountain bike, trail run and walk event, held over the South Waikato’s Waikato River Trails.
‘‘For the first time ever we have got a new 22km e-bike category which I think reflects the fact that there are a lot more e-bikes out there and there is also a 14km mountain bike for the first time this year too,’’ Waikato River Trails general manager Glyn Wooller said.
Wooller said having extra categories was a great way to showcase the trails to a wider audience.
‘‘The more categories that you have means the more people that can participate,’’ he said.
‘‘People really love the variety and scenery they get along the course because it is on the Waikato River Trails so largely it is connected to the river.’’
He said all the usual categories will still be on offer as well.
‘‘Categories range from the short 7km walk-run up to a 60km ultramarathon and from a 14km mountain bike up to an 83km mountain bike,’’ he said.
‘‘The event will finish again at Micamp at Lake Whakamaru which is a cool finish base and it is good when you can get a family coming along. They might do different parts of the event but they will all finish up at the same place which is kind of nice.’’
Wooller said local entries are expected to be high for this year’s event.
‘‘We usually get between 700 to 1200 people all up and around 100 locals,’’ he said.
‘‘We have always had a really strong local turnout for this event and we would like to see some strong local support again.’’
‘‘The really neat thing with the smaller categories like the 7km, 14km, and 21km is that with a moderate amount of training you can participate in a local event. You don’t have to have committed a lot of time and all the equipment you really need is a pair of running or walking shoes,’’ he said.
Despite recent bad weather he had his fingers crossed for a good weekend.
Entries can be made online at thetaniwha.co.nz until November 2 or at the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre until the afternoon of Friday, November 3.