April 19, 2005
Athletes Take On Fifth Annual Kaimai Classic
Athletes will traverse 67km of the Bay's most beautiful countryside during the annual ASB Bank Kaimai Classic Multisport.
Set for May 22, this year's event is expected to be the biggest yet due to the increased interest and participation rates in triathlon and multisport events.
Race director Bruce Trask says participants will start with a five-kilometre bush run, which includes a couple of challenging hills. The run is followed by a 17km mountain bike ride, taking in the Ruahihi Power Canal. Next is a flat 11km scenic kayak on the Wairoa River, followed by a 23km road ride around Te Puna. The ride is over an undulating course including the Armstrong Road hill. The race culminates with a challenging 11km run over the mighty Minden, offering athletes a breath-taking view over the Bay before they finish at the Te Puna Tavern.
The entry fee includes a smorgasbord lunch at the tavern.
Trask says people can enter as individuals or as a team of up to five. "This means most reasonably fit people can participate. The event particularly aims to attract novices and experienced athletes. With five different stages and four disciplines it caters for a wide range of interests and all the distances are achievable."
Secondary Schools have their own category to compete in, with huge interest last year in the subsidized entry fee.
ASB Bank is the major sponsor, with spot prizes also being donated by Bike and Pack, Waimarino Kayaks, Smiths Sports Shoes, and Dragonfish Clothing.