Mt Arthur Challenge is community event of the year

Australia Day chairman Marcus Hanney with the crew from the Mt Arthur Challenge
Australia Day chairman Marcus Hanney with the crew from the Mt Arthur Challenge

The Mt Arthur Challenge was acknowledged as the event of the year during the Australia day ceremony on Tuesday. As part of its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Mount Arthur Trust which manages the Mt Arthur Reserve, formed a committee to conduct a sporting event that would promote the reserve and Wellington, attract visitors to both the reserve and Wellington, and to promote physical fitness. In July that year the committee conducted the Mt Arthur Challenge, a competition for running and cycling. 

The 2015 Mt Arthur Challenge was a big success, even if it was possibly the coldest and wettest winter day of the year. 

It attracted 358 people who registered to run or cycle, an extra 75 people on the previous year. 

There was a 5km run for beginners and families and a 9km run for the more keener and fitter runners.

For the cyclists competition was strong for the 50km hike which attracted 51 competitors including some very well respected Australian cyclists. 

The event is now up there as one of the six major Wellington events, joining the Wellington Boot, Wellington Show, Springfest, Vintage Fair and Eisteddfod.

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