The Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge, being held Saturday 1st September 2012, now provides runners and walkers a full marathon option along the Great Lake Trail.
The popular offroad event now provides the full suite of distances with the full marathon option (42.2km), the traditional half marathon option (21.1km) and the short but sweet quarter marathon option (10km). Events are designed for both walkers and runners to take part so there is an event for everyone in the family to get involved.
Event Director Wayne Reardon says offroad events are becoming more popular as they are less stressful on the body due to the softer ground and can be lots of fun, often with picturesque routes.
"The Kinloch Offroad Challenge is one of the most scenic events available with stunning scenery along the western side of Lake Taupo," he said.
The new offroad marathon option provides a couple of firsts – it is the first marathon event available in the Taupo region and the first event to travel along the brand new Great Lake Trail – a trail designed for biking, walking and running. "Bike Taupo have worked extremely hard on getting this track up and running for everyone to enjoy and we feel very excited and privileged to be able to use this new track for our new marathon event," said Mr Reardon.
The Great Lake Trail is part of Nga Harenga, the national cycle way project, and is being developed with the help and support of local land owners and DoC. Thomas Schwarz, Chairman of Bike Taupo said, “The Off-Road challenge is a great opportunity to showcase those parts, including the newly completed Whangamata Road to Kawakawa Bay section, of the Trail which is now open to the public."
Entries are now open for the Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge at www.taupohalfmarathon.org.nz. All entries before 1 August will go in the draw to win the early bird prize - a $500 Mizuno pack.
Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting local youth achieve their sporting goals.
The Half Marathon option will again be part of the prestigious Erin Baker and Cameron Brown awards and the 63.3 challenge which includes three Taupo Half Marathons in three months. The quarter marathon is also part of the TryTaupo4 challenge, a series of Taupo events designed to get people off the couch and taking part in local events.