This week's newsletter has information about the new Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra and Relay event, our Matakana X Run competition winners, interesting articles, discounts for premium members and a couple of date changes to events on the running calendar.
The lap based "Last Person Standing" format is taking the world by storm, with the most recent event finishing yesterday in Northern Ireland after 41 laps, which equates to 41 hours and around 274km!
New Zealand's now got its very own version coming up starting on Friday May 3rd at Riverhead Forest, thanks to Lactic Turkey and the Riverhead Rayments (aka Matt Rayment of Riverhead Rampage and Dirt Church Radio fame).
But you don't have to put yourself through that craziness! Grab a team of 2, 4 or 6 people to complete as many loops as possible (non-stop) in either an 8, 12 or 24 hour relay. That sounds like more fun! You can pitch a tent and make a real day of it. Find out more at the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra and Relay website.
Matakana X Run competition winners
The winners of the Matakana X Run competition were Steve Tolich & Seawon Yoon. You can enter the X Run here - it's on March 2nd and is a two person 6km or 9km obstacle style race.
Life lessons from the finish line of the Tarawera Ultramarathon
Vera Alves found her lost faith in humanity not in a church, but at the finish line of the Tarawera Ultramarathon the weekend before last. Having been at the finish line myself at many an event, it can be a very moving experience watching people finish, no matter which distance the event. Read Vera's article here at the NZ Herald.
Tauranga runner claims Nick Willis' U19 1500m record
In 2001, future Olympian Nick Willis became New Zealand's fastest 1500m runner under the age of 19. Eighteen years later, in 2019, that record was broken by Athletics Tauranga's Sam Tanner. Find our more in this article, also an the NZ Herald.
Why does a marathon have to be so long?
Simon Keller looks at the history of the odd distance for the marathon, and comes to the conclusion that a 35km marathon would be the best distance in this tongue-in-cheek blog post at Scottish Athletics.
What motivates so many middle-aged people to take up endurance sports?
There are dozens of these endurance events happening around New Zealand every year, and they're increasingly dominated by those approaching or currently enjoying middle age. FInd out why and some middle aged athletes stories 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!
Our latest discount is for 20% off the Manurewa Fun Run/Walk on 9 March, and we also have discounts for the 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.
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 Shotover Moonlight Marathon as shown above and you can find your photos here.
Have a great running week!
I'm working for Running Events at this weekend's Albany Lakes run (plus running the kids 2K with my 9 year old Sam), doing the Full Monty at the Coastal Challenge the following weekend, possibly running at the Riverhead Rampage the one after and then off to work for Running Events again at the new Maraetai Half Marathon on 17 March. Busy weekends ahead for me!