“I’ve completed pretty much all marathons in New Zealand. This one was the best! Not too technical, best scenery and best atmosphere. Thanks.” (Nathan, full marathon run 2015). It is that time of the year on the Barrier, and I thought it would be suitable to start with a quote from a very happy chap at the finish line. Continue reading Great Barrier Island Marathon – From Wharf to Wharf
Saturday morning, 700 am, and I was standing with at least 50 other competitors at the airfield in Okiwi, jumping up and down and doing other moves to look like a semi-professional, but mainly to stay warm in the cold wind and drizzle. Yes, it was that time of the year, the annual and awesome Wharf to Wharf – Great Barrier Island Marathon.
Everybody who partook as a competitor, race marshal or volunteer working in the backgrounds knows very well how special this annual event is. On the one hand, a fund-raiser for Kaitoke School, on the other, a challenge to bike, run or walk a full or half marathon (42.2 km) on a beautiful Island. Well, it is also a great opportunity to celebrate and have a good time…
The annual Wharf to Wharf Marathon on Great Barrier Island is a well established and professionally organized annual event which draws locals and off-island New Zealand residents, as well as international participants together to compete in a race from Port FitzRoy wharf to Tryphena wharf. As in any other sporting event, individuals do not only compete with each other but – as in my case – also compete with and challenge themselves.
For more information and a course map have a look at a previous article (Wharf To Wharf – Great Barrier Island Marathon) or check out the official website for info, pictures and results (Wharf to Wharf Great Barrier Island).
The Wharf to Wharf Marathon, a fundraiser for Kaitoke School, is one of the bigger annual public events here on Great Barrier Island. This established marathon draws people from all over the world, and of course many locals as well, to challenge themselves in a race from Port FitzRoy to Tryphena. Be it walking, running or mountain biking. I experienced its thrill back in 2011 (W2W 2011) completing the course on the Mountain Bike, and still have fond memories of the race and more so of the pre-race trash talk. Those who know me personally, know that I have a knack for trash-talking. Well, any (sport) activity, independent of the level of skill, is also a ‘head game’.
Yesterday was the big day, the long anticipated Wharf to Wharf Marathon 2011 from Port FitzRoy to Tryphena, Great Barrier Island. Two mates and myself decided more or less independently from each other to participate in this year’s race. The Wharf to Wharf Marathon is an annual event and you can complete the 42-somewhat kilometers on the bike, run or walk it. The first half of the course traverses through hilly, rugged forests with a couple of river crossing, plus some awesome single-track along the ridges with astonishing views and the second half is mainly on asphalt but still hilly.
Today, I officially registered for the Wharf to Wharf Marathon which is an annual event on Great Barrier Island and I believe on Waiheke Island as well. It takes place on the 15th of October and you have the options of walking, running or pedaling a full or half-marathon. The rugged terrain of GBI ensures that no matter how you chose to participate, you will be challenged. I’m doing the full marathon on the mountain bike and like to send a shout out to thank Barry The Legend Smith for sponsoring me. Continue reading Wharf to Wharf Marathon – From Port FitzRoy to Tryphena – Sponsored by Barry The Legend Smith
Come to Great Barrier Island and challenge yourself. Run or bike a full or half a marathon from Wharf to Wharf. From Port Fitzroy to Tryphena, via the unforgettable Forest Road. This is an event and experience you will remember for a lifetime. I am going to do the marathon bike option and you can sponsor me. Continue reading Wharf to Wharf; Great Barrier Island Marathon; Sponsor Ben