Mokau sandy half marathon returns for second year

Athletics Taranaki CEO Kelvin McDowell is organising the Mokau Beach Half Marathon this year with Lisa Tamati.
Athletics Taranaki CEO Kelvin McDowell is organising the Mokau Beach Half Marathon this year with Lisa Tamati.

Runners will get another chance to hit the sand at New Zealand's only half-marathon beach run.

Despite getting off to a rocky start, organisers are hoping the Mokau Beach Half Marathon will attract 200 entries for its second year.

Last year's organiser Adrian Bailey pulled out of the event a month ago so Athletics Taranaki CEO Kelvin McDowell stepped in to help promoter Lisa Tamati keep it running.

Ms Tamati was inspired to start the event last year after years spent as a child holidaying at Mokau.

Mr McDowell was busy last month with the Mountain to Surf event but said he was happy to get behind the unique beach run.

"I love doing these events."

He said his access to running clubs across the region would help spread the word to more athletes.

The April 5 event will also involve 5km and 10km courses and funds raised will go towards the Taranaki community rescue helicopter and LandSAR services.

The beach run had fantastic local support last year and he hoped people would make the trip up from New Plymouth again. "It's not often something big happens in Mokau."

Mr McDowell said the event would only get bigger in years to come, with plans to extend promotion to Otorohanga and Hamilton.

The 21km run includes two river crossings where competitors use a rope to navigate the chest-deep water, while volunteers stand by to lend a hand if needed.

Enter online at mokaurun.co.nz or at Mokau School from 7.30am on the day.

Taranaki Daily News