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Iconic running race supports Edgecumbe residents

Monday, June 12, 2017


Participants in the 2017 Kawerau King of the Mountain race have the chance to purchase limited-edition singlets and T-shirts in support of flood-affected Edgecumbe residents.

Former Eastern Bay photographer Jason Wright has given race organisers permission to use his stunning image of comet McNaught hanging over Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), a well-known image taken in 2007 when the rare sight of the comet was evident in the night sky.

Proceeds from the sale of the garments will go towards the Radio 1XX charitable fund, which was set up to help people affected by the April floods.

Kawerau District Council events and venues manager Lee Barton says the garments will be a collector’s item not to be missed.

“With so many people badly affected by the recent flooding, we felt it was important to do what we could to help out. The garment depicting Pūtauaki is breath-taking and we hope people will take the chance to buy them, and do their bit for people in need.”


The garments are available online here from now until race day on October 28. Orders must be in by August 31 to ensure they’re ready for race-day collection.

This year marks the 62nd running of Kawerau King of the Mountain. Entries are now open, with a residents’ rate again available to locals (limited to 50 spots). Residents’ entry forms are available at the council office.

General entries into this year’s King of the Mountain and Prince and Princess races are limited to 200; early bird rates close on August 31.

Race day starts at 9am with school relays, followed by the Prince and Princess of the Mountain events at 10am. The main event starts at 12 noon.

Click here for more information or to enter.

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