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Wharf to wharf run on the horizon

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 08:34 09/01/2013
Waiheke Boating Club Members

KEEP HYDRATED: Waiheke Boating club members man one of the colourful water stops along the route of the Waiheke Island Wharf to Wharf event.

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Runners and walkers will be out on the streets this Sunday for the popular Wharf to Wharf charity event organised by Waiheke Rotary.

The event offers running and walking options over four distances: The 25 kilometre Orapiu to Matiatia run or walk, the 13km run or walk from Orapiu to Onetangi, the 12km Onetangi to Matiatia race and the 7km run or walk from Kennedy Point to Matiatia.

Community groups will man water stops along the way to keep everyone hydrated and drivers are being asked to slow down and take care on the roads.

The 25km race starts at Orapiu Wharf which is reached via the Fullers' Fun Run ferry. It is a serious race for serious runners but offers great views across the island.

The 13km run or walk from Orapiu to Onetangi takes in the rigorous start and ends on the golden sands at Onetangi and a refreshing dip in the sea.

The beach is the start line for the 12km Onetangi to Matiatia race which is an easier option as it takes in a less undulating route and the shortest race is the 7km run or walk from Kennedy Point to Matiatia.

Entrants to the 25k and 13k races must be at least 16 years old as the courses are tough and hilly. Entrants in the 7km and 12km events aged 16 and under must have written permission from their parent or guardian to take part.

Children aged 12 and under can only enter the 7km event and must be accompanied by an adult for the entire course.

Participants travelling to Waiheke to enter can get their entry and ferry tickets organised online at wharf2wharf. co.nz. The website explains the ferry options along with bus pickups and drop-offs and where to pick up race packs.

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