This week's newsletter has a competition for the Matakana X Run, interesting articles, discounts for premium members, a couple of date changes/corrections to the running calendar, late additon of The River Run Series in Gisborne, and FREE photos from Photos4Sale for last weekend's Tarawera Ultramarathon.
Thanks to Action Matakana we have 2 team entries to give away to the Matakana X Run Team Obstacle Challenge on 2 March. Enter the competition by Sunday and the winners will be drawn on Monday. This competition is open to everyone, not just our premium members.
Walkers Waikato bound amid Kauri dieback closures
Waikato River Trails general manager Glyn Wooller said with the closure and close monitoring of many walking tracks in parts of Auckland and Thames/Coromandel where Kauri Dieback is prevalent, there's been a surge in people traversing the 103km South Waikato trails. Find out more in this article at Stuff.
Runner fights off and kills mountain lion on Colorado trail
I'm very glad we don't have any scary wild animals here in New Zealand (other than maybe wild pigs): a trail runner in Colorado frantically fought off and killed a mountain lion after it attacked him from behind and ended up with serious, but non-life threatening injuries as a result of the attack. Find out more in this article at Gear Junkie.
Athletics New Zealand interviews Zoe Hobbs
Zoe Hobbs recently broke a 25 year old sprint record; Steve Landells chatted to the Auckland-based speedster about her exciting journey so far and her future aspirations in this interview at Athletics NZ.
Endometriosis sufferer hopes to inspire with Run to Remember
After having five major abdominal operations in two-and-a-half years, Whitney Power was scared to exercise in case she "ripped open". To get back to a healthy lifestyle she has set her goal to walk the Run to Remember in Christchurch on 24 February to prove that anyone can do it. Find out more in this article at Stuff.
Premium members get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website!
We currently have discounts for the Cargo Plus Coastal Challenge, Wairua Warrior, Partners Life DUAL, The North Range Trio, as well as for events in Australia.
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 Run for Diversity in Gisborne is on 3 March, not 10 Fabruary as originally listed; I'm not sure if this was my error of if the original date changed
- IRONMĀORI Half has changed from 7 December to 30 November due to a conflict of dates
- The River Run Series in Gisborne, on every Thursday evening in February & March
As well as taking amazing photography, having your photos online within a few hours of the event and tagged so you can search by your bib number, photos4sale operate a "Pay What You Want" trust based pricing model and you really can pay what you want!
Last weekend photos4sale were at The Tarawera Ultra. This is one of those great events where the high quality photography is provided for free (non-commercial use only), so you can pop along to Photos4Sale and download all your photos for free. And if you haven't met him before, Allan from Photos4Sale is the dude with the glasses in the top middle photo.
Have a great running week!