It started out as a way for neighbouring Lions Clubs to interact and mingle now the Norsewood to Takapau Fun Challenge is a fixture on the calendar.

Ten years on and the event has turned into a highlight for many walkers, runners and recently cyclists, attracting about 249 participants last year from throughout the region and as far as Wellington and Hamilton.

A new 10km section has been added this year as well as the usual options of walking or running 21.1km or cycling 20, 30 or 40km either as an individual, group or relay team in either the social or competitive sections.

Sport Hawke's Bay development officer Nicki Heremaia said "grab some mates or whanau and get active together". Whether you cycle, walk or run the course by yourself or as part of a relay, anyone can get involved and have a great experience, she said.


"Starting from the historic Norsewood Village, take the back roads to Takapau on an undulating course, encompassing beautiful dairy country and passing the Southern Star Abbey " with the snow-capped Ruahine Ranges in the background."

The proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Takapau Health Centre and the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter which services Norsewood and surrounding Tararua districts.

Race day is July 17 from Norsewood School with social walkers kicking things off at 8.30am. The finish line is located at Takapau School with prizegiving being held there between 12-12.30pm.

Amenities and three water stations are located along the course, with food and refreshments available to purchase from Takapau School.

There will be free shuttle buses, which can also transport bikes, to take people either way before and after the race between the start and finish points

It is $15 for adults to enter, school students $5 and under-5s free.

- All event information including online registration can be found on the Sport Hawke's Bay website: