Total Sport’s Mark Fordham says a late surge of entries last week and on the day boosted numbers immensely.
“There is something really special about the vibe in Northland and we were stoked to get over the 600-mark given the challenges faced in the lead up to this year’s event. Next year we will be gunning for 1000 participants and hope that the weather plays ball this time. Everyone I spoke to said they would be back next year,” says Mr Fordham.
We had over 80 children in the Kid’s Dash alone which was awesome and when we were holding prize-giving later in the day, Paul Austin (who competes in his full fire suit in training for the Sky Tower Stair Challenge) crossed the finish line, so there was plenty of cheering for him."
“I was also really impressed with the finishing times of so many primary and secondary school contestants.”
Mr Fordham says Total Sport is grateful for the sponsorship and support of Northpower, DOC, Bream Head Conservation Trust, local landowners, volunteers and marshals.
Northpower’s General Manager of People and Capability Andrea O’Brien is stoked with the day and says the company is already looking forward to getting behind the 2024 Northpower Wild Kiwi.
Our staff just love this event and they get their whole families involved so there is a really strong whānau feel to the day. We had a mix of staff returning to the event and plenty of newbies who enjoyed it."
“I believe being outdoors and active is so important for the wellbeing of us all,” says Ms O’Brien.