Invercargill couple Denise and Leighton Hare are proving age is just a number, as they prepare to take part in their ninth MLT Moonshine Trail.
The Hares plan to run the 15km section of the event, which is being held at Dolamore Park, near Gore, on Saturday February 9.
Having taken part in the event eight times before, they are no strangers to the beauty of the terrain, and familial atmosphere on the day. In fact, it is the camaraderie they share with other runners that’s one of the main reasons they keep coming back.
They also have a goal of completing 10 MLT Moonshine Trails together. One of their sons has also completed eight trails, and they hope to run this year’s with him, while another son has taken part twice before, and is also planning on signing up this year.
The pair are regular runners, lining up on Saturdays for the Park Run, and they have also taken part in many marathons and running events, including the 89km Comrades Marathon in South Africa, and the Queensland Marathon in Australia.
“It’s to try and stay active and try and stay young. We don’t want to be old,” they said, when asked why they run.
And at age 67 and 66 respectively, Leighton and Denise are proving age doesn’t have to be a barrier to physical activity.
They joined a gym two years ago, to help them stay active in the winter months when the weather wasn’t conducive to pleasant running, and have also recently bought new bikes, which they plan to try out soon.
While Denise runs to keep active and young, for Leighton, it is also about the sense of achievement that comes from completing a run.
“Even if you don’t feel like going out, once you do, and you get through it, you have a real sense of achievement.”
This year’s MLT Moonshine Trail will feature a range of entry options for participants.
- For runners there are 15km and 5km options
- Mountain bikers there are 50km, 39km, and 30km options.
- There is also a duathlon option and a 30km e-bike option.
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said the MLT Moonshine Trail was a fantastic way for people of all ages and fitness levels to get active.
“There’s a great family atmosphere, the scenery is stunning, and the whole day is full of fun. Plus there are a wide range of options to suit most people.”
For more information or to enter visit sporty.co.nz/moonshinetrail