Maurice Trapp Group Nugget celebrates record numbers – again.
It just keeps getting better. Last Saturday, a record 922 adventurous people got to experience the action at the Nugget Multisport Festival in Waihi and Waihi Beach.
In the big-dog Full Nugget multisport race comprising 33km of road cycling, 7km of kayaking, 10km of hilly trail running, 22km of mountain biking and a final 400m sprint, overall male winner, David Jaggs of Tauranga, had to fight all the way to hold off new kid on the block Josh Garrett, and arch rival Chris Willet. The women’s race was also tight at the front with Katie Bryan sneaking in ahead of Tiahna Braithwaite by just 9 minutes.
4th time winner: The Nugget’s oldest competitor, octagenerian Raewyn Baillie of Waihi Beach finishers her fourth 22km Adventure Walk from Waihi Beach to Waihi.
Competing in perfect weather and trail conditions (after trhee days of rain), and on a the alternate kayak course due to the wind and tide combination, Willet’s Team Perimeter Coaching took the glory of being the first team home in a smashing time of just 3h 25m 36s.
The seventh annual multisport festival also included the Half Nugget duathlon, a 22km trail run or walk from Waihi Beach to Waihi, and 5km or 10km run or walk events around Waihi’s great trails.
Event director Mark Samson was thrilled with how the event unfolded on the day and its rising popularity. “This is the fourth year our local group has managed it and the community support is overwhelming. We have nearly 100 volunteers out there on the day and their passion and enthusiasm rubs off on the competitors, which helps make their day in Waihi unique and memorable” said Samson.
Mark says “Maurice Trapp Group has backed the Nugget from the start and it’s great to have them on board as naming rights sponsors for 2017. This support is very much appreciated, and along with our other sponsorship from major brands and lots of local businesses, it’s helped to build the event into one of the bigger multisport events in New Zealand.”