The third annual Wanaka Sun Marathon event is fast approaching, with the addition of a half marathon route this year drawing more runners in to give it a go on April 8.
Competitors will compete in the marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km events all starting in Albert Town and traversing along the Clutha River.
Among those giving the new half marathon a try is Brontë MacKenzie, pictured, who is fundraising for Make-A-Wish New Zealand.
Brontë started training at Wanaka Body bootcamps last June.
“My partner and I came back from travelling South East Asia and to my horror I’d put on some unwanted kilograms from too much rice and curry,” Brontë said.
Brontë went on to tackle the 7km Jacks Point trail run and Queenstown Marathon 10km route late last year before deciding to give the half marathon a go.
“With not having done any long distance running before I thought I’d really like to set myself a goal and do it for a good cause. I used to loathe running but now I can see how it gets addictive,” Brontë said.
“The Bayleys Foundation is a proud elite sponsorship partner for Make-A-Wish New Zealand and I chose this charity because being able to help with the process of granting wishes is truly heart-warming, to bring joy and happiness to children.”
Wanaka’s Jan Hron was first to finish last year’s marathon, which was listed in the top 50 trail running events in the world by Race The World magazine last winter.
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Wanaka Sun | 30 Mar - 5 Apr 2017 | Edition 811