What’s On: Multisport, BMX and drifting

Last year's winners. File Photo.

Good morning Sunners and welcome to an adrenaline pumping day of activities.

If you enjoy watching people push their body to the limits, cars leaving skid marks in the dust or epic stunts doubled with a great cause, today is your day.

Mount Festival of Multisport

First thing this morning will be the Mount Festival of Multisport and Tauranga Half which kicked off this morning at 6am.

Fortunately you haven’t missed out on all the fun, with most activities continuing up until the afternoon.

This year’s Mount Festival includes the hallmark Tauranga Half, the Enduro long distance triathlon, the Hopt Soda Aquabike, Mount Run, Athletes expo, and other iconic summer events such as the Mt Maunganui Beach Volleyball Open.

The Tauranga Half is also turning 30 today, so there will be plenty of past champions reminiscing crossing that finishline at the event.

Ocean Beach Road, Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road will be closed (down to Alexandra Place) until about 1pm.

Ocean Beach Road will remain closed from The Mount to Tay Street until about 3pm.
Last year the course included the whole of Papamoa Beach Rd, this year the laps have been shortened, so Parton Road will be open.

Mount Festival of Multisport time sheet:

Saturday 12th January

6am-5pm Enduro at Pilot Bay

6:35am-4pm Tauranga Half at Pilot Bay

8.00am-1pm Hopt Soda Aquabike at Pilot Bay

9am- 4.30pm Mt Maunganui Beach Volleyball Open at Main Beach

2pm-4pm Mount Run at Pilot Bay

6pm Prizegiving at Coronation Park

Road Closures

Ocean Beach Road, Maranui Street and Papamoa Beach Road will be closed (down to Alexandra Place) until about 1pm.

Ocean Beach Road will remain closed from The Mount to Tay Street until about 3pm.
Last year the course included the whole of Papamoa Beach Rd, this year the laps have been shortened, so Parton Road will be open.

Wheels for Cure Kids

An amazing array of backflips, ruler and superman moves will all be on display at Wheels for Cure Kids.

This is the fifth year in a row the event, organised by FMX rider Luke Price, is being held in a bid to raise money for Cure Kids.

There will be stars including BMX Quadruple Back Flip world-record holder Jed Mildon Jed Mildon, Jaden Leeming, Paul Langlands, Billy Clerke, Garth and Ellie Chew and Franklin Farm riders Nick Franklin, Alex Bennett, Caleb De Lacy, Carlos Hanlon all doing jumps and stunts off the ramps. Plus there’s a chance to meet the stars, kids’ rides, charity auctions, music, and food.

See the world’s best freestyle athletes perform today at the Worlds End Bar and Restaurant at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre, Tauranga. There will be three ride times: 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

D1NZ

Back in early 2003 drifting in New Zealand was just emerging from the underground into the world of motorsport.

With D1NZ now in its 17th season the series has been propelled to the forefront of professional motorsport in the country, with more than half a million spectators coming through the gates.

Organisers are encouraging people to head along and see New Zealand's best drifters battling it out in the stadium, sliding along the concrete walls and turning tyres into smoke, this is one of the best events of the season and showcases just how far the sport of drifting has come.

The D1NZ starts at 10am at the Baypark Stadium. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information go to: www.d1nz.com


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