Registrations are open for the Okaihau-Kaikohe Traverse, which will see entrants take part in 9km, 14km and 21km races.


Event organiser Don Edmonds from the Rotary Club of Kaikohe said the Traverse is being held for the eighth time in 2018 and is popular, attracting runners and walkers from all over Northland.

"It is not a competitive event, it's about getting out and having fun."

The Traverse on Sunday, September 30 is held along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai.

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Participants can either run 21km, 14km or 9km, or walk 14km or 9km. The 21km and 14km runners and walkers start from Two Ponga Park in Okaihau, while the 9km runners and walkers start from the Toia Rd-Lake Rd intersection near Lake Omapere.

The event finishes at Kaikohe's Pioneer Village, where there will be refreshments, entertainment and activities for the kids. Buses will be available to take competitors from the Pioneer Village to the starting points.

"Pou Herenga Tai was the former rail line from Okaihau to Kaikohe. The gradients are easy and suitable for most people of all ages," Edmonds said.

"The Traverse is always popular, so we encourage people to register early to secure their places."

The Traverse is a fundraiser for Kaikohe Rotary's community projects.

"By taking part, people are putting money back into their own community. The Kaikohe Rotary Club would like to thank the Kaikohe Pioneer Village and the Far North District Council. Their support makes the event possible."

To register go to https://sites.google.com/a/kaikoherotary.org/home/