Kiwis are more creative than most when it comes to ways to have fun outdoors. We are especially well known for thrill-seeking activities such as bungy jumping or the Fly-by-Wire. More recently various multi-sport events are growing in New Zealand. Well-established events such as Triathlon and Duathlon are being transformed by taking the format but completely changing the nature of the diciplines. One example of this is Triplecross, which involves a trail run, mountain bike, and moto x leg instead of the traditional run, cycle, and swim format.
The great thing about multi-sports is that there are endless options and variations to suit most interests. Like the idea of triathlon but you’re not keen on swimming? Try duathlon, or replace it with a kayak leg. Or maybe you like both but don’t want to run or cycle on the streets; no problem, just go for a trail running and mountain biking version like Xterra.
The New Zealand Endurance Sport website has events and clubs for adventure racing, cycling, mountain biking, multisport, orienteering, running, and triathlon. So have a look and give something a go – in the meantime here are some library resources to help get you started. These are all from the adult collection so the magazines have a 50c charge.
New Zealand Multisport
New Zealand Triathlete
New Zealand Orienteering
Triathlon Made Easy by Zoe MacDonald
Get Carter : The Hamish Carter Story by Phil Taylor
Starting Triathlon by Mark Barfield
Adventure Racing: The Ultimate Guide by Liz Caldwell
Yukon Alone: The Worlds Toughest Adventure Race by John Balzar
Orienteering by Ian Bratt
Outward Bound Orienteering Handbook by Martin Bagness