With only a few weeks left to go, organisers of MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS are ‘’over the moon’’ with the number of entries so far.
‘’We now have over 500 entrants, and if we follow a similar pattern to last year, we should reach our goal of 800 people,’’ comments Event Co-Director Emma Buttle. ‘’We are hoping to raise at least $12,000 for Te Mata Park. If we can surpass that target, we will be delighted.’’
Being held on Saturday 9 March, MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS is one of New Zealand's longest running, most enjoyable, and rewarding events. It is firmly established as an iconic event in Hawke’s Bay and is now in its 31st year.
‘’MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS covers impressive terrain over private land, not normally open to the public, as well as beautiful Te Mata Peak,’’ adds Ms. Buttle. ‘’Entrants can anticipate a good healthy dose of breathtaking views, craggy farmland ridges and a few hearty river crossings.”
Proceeds from this event are going to Te Mata Park and their One Giant Chance campaign. “Fundraising is the primary goal for this event,” comments Richard Mills, Event Co-Director responsible for the course management. “We are thrilled that we can give back to the land that all of us; walkers, runners and mountain bikers included, enjoy so much.’’
Whilst much of the event will retain its rugged and adventurous nature, a few key changes will be taking place this year. Event Co-Director Richard Mills is looking forward to introducing his new route up Mt. Kahuranaki.
“Unfortunately due to heavy rain prior to the event in 2018, we had to resort to the Plan B course. This was still a really good fun route, however, it would be great if competitors could experience the new route up Mt. Kahuranaki, which I think will both surprise and delight,’’ adds Mr. Mills. ‘’The views from the top, at 650m, are absolutely spectacular.’’
The Event Village will also revert back to the Havelock North Village Green. ‘’There will be plenty of entertainment, including live music, face painting, as well as an iWay bike skills course for the children,’’ comments Ms. Buttle. ‘’Food stalls, massage tent and a huge LED screen with live footage from the event, will also contribute to the fun finish line atmosphere.’’
‘’All finishers will receive a special medal when they cross the finish line, including everyone in a team. And we have a mountain of awesome prizes, supplied by wonderful local companies.’’
‘’Our family of sponsors really do form the backbone of this event. MCL Construction are outstanding in every respect, and support us every step of the way,’’ comments Ms. Buttle.
Competitors can run, walk or mountain bike the 55 kms course, either solo or in a team of 3 people. A new duathlon category has also been introduced this year. Participants will traverse private land on Mount Erin, Mount Kahuranaki and iconic Te Mata Peak.