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Kaiwaka Top of the Rock confirmed

Posted at 8:46am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

It will be the 10th Top of the Rock.
It will be the 10th Top of the Rock.

The annual Top of the Rock fun run will be held on Sunday, March 7.

The new route, which was first used last year, reaches the highest point in the Brynderwyn Range. The path is informally known as the cattle mount.

There will be route options for both five and 10km runs.

“It has amazing 360 degree views. I think they are even better than Baldrock mountain,” organiser Evan Wright says.

Evan says those not racing competitively are welcome just to run to the top and see the views without completing the full 10kms back to the start.

There will be several prizes on offer, including for first man and woman in the 10km and 5km runs, as well as for oldest runner.

The race starts on Pakeho Road, off Baldrock Road, where a truck will be waiting to mark the start.

There is no cycling component in the race, but a bicycle race for children aged under 12 will be held at the Kaiwaka Sports Association (KSA) at 11am.

“There will be two or three nasty little hills but it is a junior ride,” Evan says.

Evan says the annual race has become increasingly popular with more than 300 participants last year.

He says Top of the Rock will be an important fundraiser for the KSA which has had a tough year.

“The KSA is coming out of a hole now. It has been difficult getting through Covid, but the individual clubs are all functioning well and the association is on the rise.”

Kaiwaka School and Kaiwaka Playcentre will also be fundraising with coffee and food available at the event.

Entry is $25. Enquiries to Evan at 09 431 4127. Registration details are still to be announced.

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