So many events; so many entry options; so many prizes…the second 3D Rotorua Off-Road Winter Multisport Festival is truly a weekend event the whole family can enjoy.
Organisers have planned an event that keeps people training when summer is over – and they’ve again chosen New Zealand’s Queen’s Birthday weekend for the competition.
Every event is off road. They include a half marathon, 10.5km, 5.5km and 2km under 10s run. There is a 30km mountain bike race, 42km mountain bike and run duathlon, 8km lake paddle and some longer-distance multisport challenges, including the 50km premier multisport title race.
The mountain bike and running events take place in the Whakarewarewa Forest, starting and finishing near the Redwood Forest Visitor’s Centre.
The paddle is on nearby Lake Okareka and is open to all single paddle craft - K1s, multisport boats, surf skis, sea kayaks, sit-on tops, waka ama and stand-up paddle boards, as well as pedal boats.
Open to all, anyone can enter the premier multisport title race and line up alongside the elite competing for individual Australasian Multisport Champion crowns and age group medals.
This is an unbelievable event that showcases what Rotorua has to offer in the way of off-road recreation opportunity.
In 2011 more than 4,000 entrants took part in the Australian Running Festival and 2012 is set to build on the inaugural event’s success.
Incorporating The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon along with a Half Marathon and fun runs, the Australian Running Festival offers an event for all abilities, from serious runners to joggers, wheelchairs, pushers and walkers.
The event aims to raise funds for more than 600 charities across the country. Last year more than $80,000 was raised and organisers hope for more in 2012.
The marathon course consists of a 10km loop through the Parliamentary Triangle, followed by a doubled stretch along the southern and then northern shores of Lake Burley Griffin, from Bowen Park to near the Glenloch interchange. Participants will then cross Kings Avenue Bridge on the outwards journey and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the return journey.
Marathon participants also have the opportunity to go 'beyond the marathon' and compete in a 50km Ultra Marathon. After finishing the marathon and being recorded as a marathon finisher, participants can continue and complete the Canberra 50km Ultra Marathon. There is no need to pre-register for this bonus event; all 2012 full marathon participants are eligible.