YMCA chal­lenge keep­ing Toko­roa fit

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Some ask ‘‘why’’ but those tak­ing part know it’s to get ‘‘fit’’.

Since Au­gust 21, 150 peo­ple have been tak­ing part in the Toko­roa YMCA’S 12-week Yfit Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge as a way of pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles for fam­i­lies.

The chal­lenge is see­ing par­tic­i­pants, both young and old, com­plet­ing var­i­ous weekly chal­lenges such as walk­ing around Lake Moananui and fol­low­ing ex­er­cise rou­tines at home.

South Waikato YMCA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Amanda West said the pro­gramme was be­ing run as a pilot but the re­sponse so far had been noth­ing but pos­i­tive.

‘‘The aim is to get ev­ery­one in­volved and en­gaged with the YMCA, with their chil­dren and fam­i­lies to pro­mote healthy life­styles through health and fit­ness,’’ she said.

‘‘We thought we would get around 50 and ex­pected some of them would prob­a­bly drop off but we ended up with 150 and the level of en­thu­si­asm has been through the roof.’’

‘‘There are lots of in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges but see­ing en­tire fam­i­lies do­ing ex­er­cise has been re­ally cool. It’s been huge and re­ally pos­i­tive, ‘‘she said.

West said a num­ber of par­tic­i­pants will also be tak­ing part in the Novem­ber 4 To­tal Sport Tani­wha event on the Waikato River Trails.

The chal­lenge of­fers moun­tain bike, trail run, and walk categories of vary­ing dis­tances.

‘‘I have been in­volved with the event since year one, ei­ther com­pet­ing my­self or help­ing be­hind the scenes, and it is fun and fam­ily friendly which is a nice change from com­pet­i­tive events,’’ West said.

‘‘We are lucky enough to have five free en­tries do­nated by To­tal Sport and two by the Waikato River Trails so those have gone out as prizes to those tak­ing part in the Yfit Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge.’’ ‘‘Be­ing able to build the Tani­wha into it has been quite cool and those tak­ing part are feel­ing good but there are a few who are ner­vous too as they have never done events like this in their lives,’’ she said.

West said while she will not be com­pet­ing this year she will be at the fin­ish line sup­port­ing those who are.

‘‘I’d just re­ally en­cour­age com­peti­tors to have fun and give it a go. It’s a chance to cap­i­talise on what we have in our back­yard,’’ she said.

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