Multi-sport mania will attract hundreds to city

By Cindy McQuade

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The kayak start at last year's event at Tikitapu.
The kayak start at last year's event at Tikitapu.

It is going to be multi-sport mania at the Redwood/Whakarewarewa Forest and Tikitapu (Blue Lake) on Sunday.

More than 700 people are expected to take part in 10 different physical challenges.

From the 2km fun run for Under 10s, to the 50km premier challenge, all age groups and fitness abilities are catered for.

Race director Adrian Bailey prides himself on providing opportunities for all fitness levels to "get out and have a go" at events combining running, mountain biking and kayaking.

"If you are not ready for the 50km, we have the 25km and people can enter as individuals or have the option of entering as teams to share the load," he said.

There is also the option of entering the duathlon or stand alone run/walk, mountain bike or kayak events.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Multisport Championships are part of the day and 100 students from around the country will come together to represent their schools.

"All different age groups will be taking part. For the younger ones, it is providing an opportunity to take part in a safe and beautiful environment.

"Having everything in the same location makes it easy for people to feel the camaraderie, learn from a young age, and be inspired to go further and challenge themselves," he said.

More than 1500 people will be in the area on the day, either taking part or supporting those who are.

It is not too late to get in on the action, as registrations are being taken at The Holiday Inn between 3pm and 6pm tomorrow.


* What: ThermaTech 3D Rotorua

* Where: Redwoods/Lake Tikitapu

* When: Sunday

- Rotorua Daily Post

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