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10th Motatapu celebrates in style with Olympians, NZ sporting elite and 10 year race veterans

March 11, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

unnamed (9)The 10th annual Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event held in Wanaka and Queenstown last weekend (Saturday March 8) has been hailed “the best yet” attracting a spectacular and record-breaking line-up of competitors.

No less than 10 Kiwi Olympians competed in the iconic event racing alongside many of New Zealand’s sporting elite and everyday folk who swam, ran, biked, walked and hiked their way through the stunning course.

Queenstown Trails Trust CEO Mandy Kennedy said she was “overwhelmed with the support the race had received” from competitors and supporters on both sides of the divide. unnamed (10)

“It was just a fantastic day and we’re so thankful to the entire Motatapu team, volunteers and supporters who make this event so special. We couldn’t do this without them,” she said.

“This was the Queenstown Trails Trust’s first Motatapu as owners and we’re privileged to have had so many exceptional New Zealand athletes lining up to compete. Not only did we have 10 Olympians this year, we also attracted a number of New Zealand’s best elite athletes.”

Some of the sporting elite who competed were Braden Currie and Nicky Samuels in the XTERRA UDC Finance Triathlon and Kate unnamed (11)Fluker, Dirk Peters, Sam Gaze and Amber Johnston in the Speight’s Summit Mountain Bike Event.

“What better way to celebrate our 10 years of Motatapu than with the impressive line-up of sporting elite that chose to compete. It was a ‘who’s-who’ of the sporting world at the start and finish lines.”

“Where else can you see ‘weekend warriors’ competing alongside these amazing athletes? That is what makes the Motatapu such an iconic event and of course the opportunity to venture into the Motatapu Valley only once a year to take in the spectacular scenery.”

A full list of the race results can be found at www.motatapu.org.nz/results.

The 10th Motatapu event was extra special in many ways. Not only did the Speight’s Summit Mountain Bike sell-out in record time there was a record number of entrants competing. unnamed (12)

There were also a number of course records broken on the day.

In the Speight’s Summit Mountain Bike elite women ‘s category, course record holder and favourite Kate Fluker took first place once again with a time of 2hr 8min 31sec to beat her own course record by just under a minute.

In the Arrowtown.com 15km Miner’s Trail  event the first male runner home was Alun Williams from Queenstown in a time of 1hour 16mins 29 secs, setting a new course record, and first female was Louisa  Andrew  from Dunedin who also broke her own course record  in 1hr 28mins 46sec.

In the XTERRA UDC Finance Triathlon female winner Nicky Samuels came home in 4:17:10, defending her title from 2013 and breaking her own course record by nearly four minutes.

“This record breaking year firmly establishes ‘The Motatapu’ as a must do bucket-list event and we’ve fast become New Zealand’s leading multi-sport event attracting Olympians and the country’s elite.”

Next year’s 11th Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event will take place on Saturday March 7 2015. Entries open online at www.motatapu.org.nz from July 1 2014.

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