This week's newsletter has our monthly prize draw winner & event discounts, interesting articles, and a date change, postponement and late addition to the running calendar.
Premium members are automatically entered into a monthly prize draw. The April winner was Brendan Wenke, who won a 12 month subscription to Run 4 Your Life Magazine.
There are two prizes in the May prize draw: a My Fit Box for one of our New Zealand premium members; and a Running Fit Box for one of our Australian members.
Premium members also get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand, including 10% off the Whenuapai Half Marathon and 20% off the Double Rainbow Trail Run. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website. Check out the full list of discounts available here.
Find our more about membership here and sign up today!
Obstacle racing becoming a popular sport in New Zealand
Obstacle course racing sees you crawling through mud under barbwire, scaling walls, carrying sand bags and other "fun" obstacles. It's an event type becoming more and more popular in New Zealand; check out this video at Newshub which profiles the sport in general, as well as this weekend's Wairua Warrior. And check out the obstacle race calendar here.
163kms of trail running bliss in the back country
Two girls, two trails, 4 marathons, 4 days. 163km of trail running bliss in the back country of New Zealand. Top Kiwi runner Lesley Turner Hall shares her story in this article at Sportzhub.
Palmerston North Boys' High School to run length of North Island
A team from Palmerston North Boys' High School are currently running the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Wellington to raise money for Ronald McDonald House; 45 students are running a 15 day relay (they startes yesterday) and plan to finish on April 17th. Find out more in this article at Stuff.
The phenomenal rise of the ultramarathon
They are an almost-impossible test of the human body and spirit, yet the number of ultramarathons has increased 1,000% over the last decade. Adharanand Finn asks what’s behind this rapid increase - and whether racing 100 miles or more is actually good for you in this article at The Guardian.
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the full calendar of upcoming events.
- Colour Burst in Queenstown was originally scheduled for 14 April but was postponed; the new date is 1 December
- Run Milford Sound has been postponed until further notice
- Whitestone Wipe Out in Oamaru on Saturday
That's all for this week; have a great running weekend & week ahead!
I'm working as part of the event crew at Running Event's Waterfront Half Marathon this weekend - I've worked at an aid station before (The Hillary) and hung out with an event crew for the weekend of an event (Abel Tasman) but never been part of the crew before. I'm looking forward to it and it should be a lot of fun!