Run around Lake Hayes added to women's event

An 8.1km run, that of the Lake Hayes track, is being added to the rebranded Women's Bike Run Tri, at Lake Hayes, on Saturday, March 5.

Formerly the Southern Lakes Women's Duathlon and Triathlon, categories for both the triathlon and duathlon include individual and teams in the open section , while the new 8.1km run targets individuals.

The triathlon course comprises a 300m swim, or 2km kayak on the lake near Arrowtown, followed by a 15km bike ride on the Lake Hayes-Arrowtown road into Speargrass Flat road and return, then a 5km run or walk on the Lake Hayes track to the finish line at the Lake Hayes Pavilion.

The duathlon begins with a 1.5km run on the Lake Hayes track, follows the triathlon's 15km cycling leg and concludes with a 5km run to the finish line.

Director Pascale Lorre said an attraction at the pavilion would be the Salvation Army designer gear sale.

Donated high-end clothing, shoes, hats, bags and other accessories, many never worn, will be sold with proceeds to the organisation.

The Queenstown Pilates Studio will run a warm-up session before the bike run tri gets under way and there will be hairdressing and makeup demonstrations from Cutting Edge and Elysium.

The bike run tri was being held for the 19th consecutive year and attracted both elite and recreational sportswomen, Ms Lorre said.

A superior women's road bike, provided by Fresh Choice, will be presented on the day as a spot prize, giving all competitors an equal chance to win it.

"I am excited that we will be celebrating women in a number of different ways during the bike run tri," Ms Lorre said.

"Queenstown has some very talented women and it is a great opportunity to highlight their involvement in the community."

Registrations can be made on the Southern Traverse website.