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Motatapu Off Road Event

The inaugural Motatapu Event was held in 2005, offering a mountain bike or marathon option, linking Glendhu Bay and Arrowtown, and attracted 1,000 participants. Now over 4,000 people take part in five different…

Start line of the Papatowai Challenge.Photo courtesy of Mel Aitken.

Papatowai Challenge Report from Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer, recent winner of the Shotover Moonlight 1/2 Marathon, gives us his race report from this past weekends¬†Papatowai¬†Challenge. Surrounded by native Podcarp forest, Papatowai is a small settlement located in the Catlins,…

From left-Glenn Kelly, guy in blue shirt who we do not recognise and race number is not showing, Malcolm McDonald, Matt Bixley, striding out a few km's in to the Big Easy.

Big Easy Mountain Marathon Report

The 4th running (and 5th biking) of the Big Easy Mountain Marathon took place this past weekend in central Otago. The Big Easy is truly a unique race in many ways- more vertical…


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