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“Go Koro” a young boy cheers for his Koro as he finishes his bike ride in the Opotiki Dunes Duathlon.
A sporting event can be quite daunting for a new comer, however this was certainly not the case for the Opotiki Dunes Duathlon. This event was aimed at giving Opotiki locals a chance to participate in an event that is beginner friendly and uses a Virtually on Track Gem site. The course was a 2.5km run along the Dunes Trail, a 10km bike ride along the stop bank and another 2.5km run along the Dunes Trail. The day dawned sunny and fine – a far cry from the day it had been postponed from in June when the course had been swallowed by a swollen Otara river. It was a great event that had a friendly feel to it. Despite the cold southerly, a diverse mix of people entered from elite athletes, to the many young children, the Koros, the first timers, and the lovely lady with her cruiser bike with a basket on the front.
I was blown away by the children who participated. Most were primary aged and just gave it heaps whether in a team or doing the whole event. Our youngest competitor was 7 years old and did the whole event with the encouragement of his father beside him. This was what the event was all about, giving it a go and having a great time without being intimidated by a big time event.
It was just fantastic to get such generous support from the local businesses who provided the spot prizes. Opotiki New World was our main sponsor and provided baskets of food for the first place prizes in the teams events and various other prizes.