Hatea Loop challenge a corporate fun day out
The popularity of the Hatea Loop Walk/ Cycleway continues to amaze me.
This wonderful Whanga¯ rei amenity has literally been a ‘build it and they will come’ initiative from the Whanga¯ rei District Council. Hats off to the Councillors and staff for such great foresight.
The 4.8km loop really is the perfect distance for everyone, and it’s great to see so many families out there, with scooters, bikes and even skateboards being used to navigate the circuit.
The Loop will once again be the venue for Northland’s most popular corporate event, the Ray White Hatea Loop Challenge. This event is a workplace physical activity challenge, and will this year be held on Thursday December 6.
In 2015, this after-work team challenge proved so successful with local businesses that plans in the last few years were made by Sport Northland to cater for more teams and participants — so much so that over 80 teams (that’s over 800 people) participated last year.
The event will again start and finish on the Hı¯hı¯aua Peninsular. The course follows the Hatea Loop Walk/ Cycleway clockwise through the Town Basin, along Riverside Drive, crossing over the international awardwinning Te Matau a Pohe Bridge and using the new footbridge to a festival finish back at Hı¯hı¯aua Peninsular.
The event is aimed at the Northland workplace community in celebration of workplace health and wellbeing. Oncourse entertainment is a big feature, which adds to the fun atmosphere.
This unique 4.8km run/walk event is designed for workplaces to have an enjoyable team-building experience. Fancy dress costume is definitely encouraged, and if you like the element of competition, teams can be entered into categories for industry awards.
The finish area allows businesses to set up barbecues, tents, and to bring their picnic blankets and fold-out chairs to have a social celebration following completion of their run or walk. The area will have live music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere, which creates a great business networking opportunity.
A big thank you to the team at Ray White Whanga¯ rei for their backing and support in once again sponsoring this event — their on-going support of community initiatives is an outstanding example to other businesses in the city, as they see the value of not only supporting community events but also in encouraging other businesses to incorporate wellness into their workplaces.
Thanks to John, Allan, Nessy and the entire team at Ray White Whanga¯ rei for their support and leadership in workplace wellness, and of Sport Northland.
Participants in a previous Hatea Loop Challenge warm before the start of the race.