The popular Mizuno half marathons are back in Taupo for 2011 with online entries opening today (20 April 2011).
The iconic Mizuno On-road Half Marathon is being held on Sunday 7 August 2011 back for its 18th year and the growing Mizuno Off-road Half Marathon is back on Saturday 3 September 2011 for its 3rd year.
Event Director Wayne Reardon is looking forward to another big year with the two events. “The Mizuno On-road Half Marathon is really popular as it is dedicated to the half marathon distance and has a great atmosphere with over 3,000 participants. It is the perfect event for first time walkers and runners doing their first half, as it is mostly flat and really achievable.”
The Mizuno Off-road Half Marathon is growing year upon year. “We are seeing significant growth with this event as off-road running is becoming popular. The W2K track makes for a scenic route and every year we get great feedback.”
Mr Reardon said with the current economic climate, the price of both the on-road and off-road half marathons have stayed the same for 2011. “We realise that some people are feeling the crunch this year with recent events and the financial climate and we want to make sure they can still come and enjoy themselves in Taupo for our events. We pride ourselves in the fact that our half marathons are amongst the cheapest in the country.”
The two Taupo Mizuno Half Marathons will again be part of the prestigious Erin Baker and Cameron Brown awards with competitors able to choose the event they prefer. The two half marathons also make up the 63.3 challenge which includes the Tauhara Off-road Half Marathon.
The Taupo Mizuno Half Marathons are organised by the Taupo Half Marathon Society Trust with the proceeds of the two events going back into the Taupo community by way of youth sporting scholarships for up and coming athletes.
On top of the affordable registration fee, if participants enter before 1 July 2011 they go into a prize draw to win $500 worth of Mizuno gear. To enter the Mizuno On-road Half Marathon or the Mizuno Off-road Half Marathon, go to the website www.taupohalfmarathon.org.nz