About 400 people took part in the annual MLT Moonshine Trail, running, biking, and walking through the Hokonui Hills as the summer sun shone.
The event, run by Sport Southland, is a popular addition to the multi sport calendar, providing a rare opportunity for people to traverse some of the region’s most spectacular scenery.
Sport Southland Chief Executive Brendon McDermott said the MLT Moonshine Trail was a premier event that provided opportunities for people of all fitness levels and attracted people from outside the region to come to Gore.
“It also showcases what treasures Dolamore Park and the surrounding walking and biking track are,” he said.
This year entry fees for children taking part in the 5km walk/run were lowered, to make it easier for families to get involved, and this option had proved popular, McDermott said.
“We really wanted to make it easier for families to get active together, and spend that quality time doing that. Judging by the number of families and children here today, and the smiles on their faces, this option has been a valuable addition.”
As well as the MLT 5km walk/run, entrants had the option of taking part in the Ewan Allan Honda 30km MTB, CrossRoad Cycles 50km MTB, Shoe Clinic Invercargill 15km run, Macpac Duathlon, 30km E-bike, and the Southland Isuzu 39km MTB.
For 88-year-old John Falconer, of Gore, the event is a chance to keep up his fitness, support a local event, and enjoy the scenery.
Falconer, who has taken part in the MLT Moonshine twice, said he enjoyed events that kept him fit, and had also competed in the Motatapu several times. He today took part in the 15km run, electing instead to walk it, coming in at around three hours.
The MLT Moonshine Trail was a good challenge, he said.
“This is quite an event, it’s rather a challenge at my age to be endeavouring to do this, so there’s no great time for me, as long as I get finished that’ll be fine.”
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