The Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Toi’s Challenge in Whakatane on Sunday, 24 November 2019 is an annual 18km trail run and walk event which, along with Radio 1XX 18km and Robinson Law 6km fun runs/walks, is organised by the Whakatane Athletic & Harrier Club.
Tois Challenge 18km course follows the ‘Nga Tapuwai o Toi’ track, which literally means ‘In the Footsteps of Toi’, after the Maori chief Toi who ruled the area some 800 years ago. The trail twists up and down steep coastal hills and along two beautiful beaches, through stunning bush, up and down hundreds of steps, eased by stunning views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and distant islands. This challenge can be taken on as a relay team of two people.
The Robinson Law 6 km fun run or walk is a quick but tough run/walk up steps and hills through the bush track known locally as the ‘Birdwalk’. Once at the top, it goes back downhill to Rex Morpeth Park via the footpath down Mokoroa Gorge.
This year’s event will be held on Sunday 24th November, at an earlier starting time of 8am.
Online entries open 1st June. Official website here.
18km run or relay $60 ($80 late entry cost after 21st November)
1XX Fun walk or walk relay $40
Robinson Law 6km $10
Medals for every finisher this year, and a punnet of Julians Strawberries.
We will be supporting the Whakatane Kiwi Trust with a portion of every entry being donated to the Trust, and also the opportunity to donate when you register.
A new t shirt is being designed for this year, costs and styles to be confirmed yet. This will be available through online registration, and some for cash on the day.
This year in the interests of eliminating waste, we are going cup free – please bring your own cup/drink bottle/hydration pack which can be refilled at the water refill stations throughout the course.