Tani­wha con­test is as scary as you want it

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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