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Dusky Dust Buster
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Venue: Dusky Forest,
West Otago (signposted
Start/Finish: 2km from Leithen Picnic
Event prizes, spot prizes and
Contact: Allan Richardson
0272 202 672 or Barry Frew 0274 320 168
This is a Community event catering for all
ages and abilities. Proceeds to the new
West Otago facilities.
12 Noon: Registrations
12.45pm: Event Briefing
To Finish: BBQ (included in registration)
Race categories and entry fees
34 km MTB Grunter: $50/19 km Recreational Bike: $50
10 km Short Course: $25/6 km (Kids): Free
19 km Forest Run: $25/10 km Pacer: $25
10 km: $10
The Dusky Dust Buster --- Saturday March 23
By TRISH MACKENZIE
What a great day to be part of!
The 'Dusky Dust Buster' event planned as a fundraiser
for the West Otago will take to the Dusky Forest in
West Otago and nearby farmland in a day which will
bring mountain bike enthusiasts, runners and walkers out
to experience something very unique.
Spokesperson and member of the organising team Barry
Frew says the event is in its third year
and provides something quite different
for people to participate in.
''It's an event which provides options for
all ages, all levels of fitness and all
members of a family to enjoy,'' he said.
''People will be venturingthrough the
Dusky Forest and over country and
across new and seldom travelled
territory some with stunning views as
they join in this day.''
''In 2012 this event, which had its
beginnings in an idea from amongst a
group of friends,stepped up a level after
initially beingrun as a bit of a trial the
previous year,'' he said. ''It certainly
brought forth some keen participants
across all courses.''
Running, riding and walking, the event
enabledsome of the great facilitiesfound
in the West Otago area to be utilised, as
participants ventured into an area
seldom accessible by the public.
Simultaneously, much needed money
was fundraised for West Otago Health
which provides a great service to the
''Lots of people don't realise what we
have here, so this is a great way to
showcase some of the well-kept secret
and scenic delights of our part of the
province and to help a community
Despite a low-key approach the past
two years, the eventstill managed to
attract in excess of 100 entries, and has
encouraged the 'team' to take it up
another level again for this year
ensuring it has definitely become a
permanent and annual fixture on the
event scene in Southland and Otago.
And ride it, run it or walk it they will,
with events for Mountain Bikes, Runners
and Walkers, ensuring there is definitely
something for everyone whenthis
uniquely named kicks off.
River-side, forest trails, hilly areas or flat,
tree-lined or scenic, this event has a
varied route and splendour to be
enjoyed by all.
Mr Frew said that those who participated last year
decided it was an 'all right' event to be part of.
''What we did from that was to make a few changes, sort
a few things out and this is what has evolved.''
Mr Frew said the start / finish line for the course is 2 km
before the Leithen picnic area, alongside the Pomahaka
River in what is a very special and very scenic part of West
''All contestants will follow the Pomahaka River before
entering the Dusky Forest with its challenging forest
tracks. The Grunter event, which is for the serious, more
elite type of athlete breaks out into the forest for downhill
descents that keep going and going.''
''Then there are tracks for those who prefer the more
recreational approach along with a short one specifically
for children to ride.''
Mr Frew said that having tracks which were suitable for all
skill levels and all members of a family was an important
part of the organisation.
''Other criteria we had in place was a determination to
keep it affordable, enjoyable and challenging and we are
confident that we have all that covered.''
Mr Frew said that unfortunately last year's winner Matt
Randall has commitments elsewhere and won't be on site
to defend his title.
''However, this gives another entrant the chance to take
out top placing,'' Mr Frew said.
Event prizes and spot prizes will feature as part of the
organisation, while the Barbeque will round off the day
and is included in the entry fee.
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