Join Olympic Gold Medallists at the Porirua Grand Traverse

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Looking for a fitness goal? Have a crack at the annual Porirua Grand Traverse and you get to rub shoulders with two Olympic gold medallists.

Established in 2006, the multi-faceted race around Porirua City’s iconic hills, forests, coastlines and waterways has become an annual highlight, attracting almost 1000 participants. The highlight of this year’s event will be the participation of rowing superstar, Mahe Drysdale.

The 2012 and 2016 single skull Olympic gold medallist is a keen cyclist and multisporter, and will line as a team kayaker in the feature multisport event with Porirua mayor, Mike Tama. The Mahe will join the masses for the 7.5k Arena Fitness Fun Run/Walk.

The 12th annual Porirua Grand Traverse is scheduled for Sunday 2nd April. Based at Whitireia Polytechnic campus, the traditional multisport race involves a 10k kayak, 24k mountain bike and 18k mountain run, either solo or in a team. In recent years organisers have also introduced races in each discipline for those who want to just kayak, mountain bike or run.

Options also include the Arena 7.5k Fun Run/Walk, which is less challenging but no less spectacular and perfect for families, schools and recreational fitness enthusiasts.

“It’s great that Mahe Drysdale is keen to be involved,” says Jacques. “Sure he’s an Olympic gold medal rower, but he is also an enthusiastic recreational cyclist and multisporter, so really isn’t much different to any other participant.”

Entries for the 2017 Porirua Grand Traverse are now open. Race day is April 2nd. Participants can race as individuals or in teams in the feature multisport race, or grab a few friends and family together for the 7.5k Arena Fun Run/Walk. And as Michael Jacques says, “You’ll be able to say you raced alongside a double Olympic champion.”

For full information and online race entry visit: