Started in 1979 by what is now the NBO as a 16km race with the aim of providing a competitive event to push runners in their pursuit of personal achievements, this Tai Tapu based event has grown and changed as health & fitness has evolved. Always held with the goal of fundraising for the NBO and the running community at large the Tai Tapu Run Festival has now become an event which serious athletes often use as a training run prior to marathons or half marathons.
However from the original 16km competitive event the festival has grown to support the strong relationship between mental health and staying active. This is why today’s event features not only a nationally recognised (now 15km instead of 16km) race but also a 15km Fun Run for those that wish to push their limits in a less competitive way. Added to this the 8km Social Run/Walk and 4km Family Walk/Jog give those that aren’t sure they can complete a longer course the chance to challenge themselves in a friendly and supportive environment. The Kids Dash 1.6km (or 1 mile) was started to encourage our next generation of runners to have fun and get active.
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