The annual Iron Māori is coming to Clevedon this year, and will be hosted by Umupuia Maraetai.
This year’s event is expected to be bigger than last year’s inaugural Auckland Iron Māori.
“It’s about whakawhanaugatanga (participation) and completing, rather than competing,” says Iron Māori founder and CEO Heather Skipworth.
She says hundreds of people came for the pleasure of getting out and about last year, without the pressure of a high performance event. “Last year was the first time we ran Iron Māori in Auckland.
“Adults can choose between the quarter event—a one-kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and ten kilometre run—and longer walk/runs of five and ten kilometres. Rangatahi (13-18 years) will swim 300 metres, then cycle ten kilometres and run two kilometres. Tamariki under ten will swim 100 metres and run one kilometre, while 10-12 year olds will swim 200 metres and run two kilometres.
“We’re aiming to provide healthy outdoor pursuits that are fun and inclusive for Māori and all Aucklanders” says Heather.
Graham Pryor, General Manager Māori Responsiveness and Te Tiriti o Waitangi Relationships, says the sponsorship is part of an overarching council aim to encourage all Aucklanders to be more active, more often.
“We are proud to support the kaupapa of Iron Māori, which aims to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for whānau and the whole community,” he says.
Iron Māori events will be taking place in five different locations around New Zealand. You don’t have to be Māori or an elite athlete to take part.
Registrations are now open. The event is on Saturday 1 April, starting at 9am for tamariki and 10:30am for adults. More details are available at www.ironmaori.com