Clutha community and wider Otago sports events are fighting their way back on to the calendar as New Zealand reduces its Covid›19 restrictions, and Sport Clutha regional co›ordinator Craig Gordon has helped the
Clutha Leader circle the dates.
The 10th running of the Balclutha Cross Recreation Centre Half Marathon is now scheduled for October 11, 11 years after its inception.
The 21.1km course starts 20km toward Clydevale, and is accompanied by shorter walk and fun›run options to allow family and friends to exercise together for recreation or a real challenge.
The Taieri Mouth Coastal Classic on November 6 has run, walk and cycle options over various distances, and the November 12 Rainbow Run might be the most fun way to get active next spring with afamily› friendly 5km course around Balclutha Showgrounds equipped with colour blast checkpoints.
Aimed as an introduction to multisport, the Taieri Mouth Multisport and Duathlon Event will take place on November 13, with a 6km kayak, 11km run, and 35km and 28km bike sections.
Last February, Balclutha’s popular Ken Milne Classic triathlon was cancelled, and organisers discussed rescheduling for sometime before the end of 2022, but factors including water temperature led to a decision to wait until February 2023.
Competitors begin a 500m swim near Clutha road bridge, to cross and exit the river near the rail bridge. After a 20km bike race to Kaitangata and back, the event finishes with a 5km run encompassing the aerodrome.
Conceived by the late Ken Milne as training for his Clinton premier rugby team, the event is a highly achievable multisport for newcomers, or a sprint for trained iron›athletes.
Victors are recognised but the competition is not timed, and all›comers of all ages and fitnesses are encouraged to have a go under their own time, individually or in teams, and win from a pool of spot› prizes including a new mountain bike.
Details are still pending for the Blue Mountain Challenge, but the 26th Papatowai Challenge is scheduled for February 25, 2023 and there will be exciting changes, including a 5km run/walk event and a tandem section.
‘‘It’s exciting to have these events back on the calendar,’’ Mr Gordon said.
‘‘The break due to Covid has given us an opportunity to tweak and improve events. They always mean a lot of support to the community with fundraising and sponsorship, and in the meantime try the park runs, Saturdays 8am at Naish Park.’’