Hatea Loop chal­lenge a cor­po­rate fun day out

Whangarei Report - - NEWS / SPORT - With Brent East­wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sport North­land

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.

PHOTO / FILE

Par­tic­i­pants in a previous Hatea Loop Chal­lenge warm be­fore the start of the race.

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