Fitness fanatics combine prowess for trophy


So you think you're amongst Hawke's Bay's most versatile sportspeople.

Well, now you have a chance to prove it, as long as you can swim, cycle and run.

Whether you are an established triathlete, or "a sporting hero in your own lunch hour" searching for an extra fitness edge, the Summer Challenge has been laid down by Sport Hawke's Bay.

Between this weekend and mid-April, those who take the challenge will be required to participate in four events: a Hawke's Bay Multisport Club Shed 2 Triathlon; the Tour de Beautiful Central Hawke's Bay cycle; the Hastings Half-Marathon; and the Napier Gemco Trades Open Water Swim.

Those who complete all four challenges will be eligible for either a Sport Hawke's Bay Summer Challenge Trophy or Medal. The trophy (taonga) will go to those who do the longest distances on offer at each event.

The triathlon leg of the achievement - a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 4.5km run/walk, or 200m swim, 14km cycle, 2km run/walk - can be completed either this Sunday or on February 17.

The Tour de Beautiful follows on January 20 with 100km and 50km distances, the open water swim on March 30 with 2.5km and 1km options, and the half-marathon (21km) or 10km on April 14.

Sport Hawke's Bay's Jeanette Cooper said the challenge "has been set up with the focus on people challenging themselves".

"Some of these events may be out of their comfort zone but all of them are very achievable. January is a good time to set some New Year's resolutions and fitness and recreation could be a great start."

There is no cost to enter the challenge other than the entry fee to each event.

There will be a function to present the hand-carved trophies and medals at the end of the four events, including for the Jarrod Cunningham Secondary School Summer Challenge. Family and friends will be invited to celebrate.

Anyone keen to register can do so by contacting Jeanette Cooper at Sport Hawke's Bay - jeanettec@sporthb.net.nz or 027 4170671.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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