Southlanders urged to make Surf to City event their own

    Surf to City. Photo: Active Southland

    ACTIVE Southland staff members are looking forward to unveiling a reimagined free version of the Surf to City next month.

    It will run from March 12 to March 20.

    Active Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said Covid-19 restrictions ruled out a traditional mass participation event but Southlanders will be encouraged to do the Surf to City course their own way.

    “This is an opportunity to do any part of our Surf to City course in your own time, for free, in your own family or work bubble and with no pressure.

    “You can start Oreti Beach and utilise the off road trails and shared paths which lead into the city, or at any point in between.”

    They had created starting points for the course at 12km, 6km and 3km as well as two alternative fishing areas, one to the north and one to the south, where people could take a selfie for the photo competition.

    “We hope having two finish areas will also make it easier for people to take part.”

    It was a great way for people to get out and enjoy themselves on their own terms, McDermott said.

    “Pick a nice day, get out with your bubble and enjoy yourself.”

    Active Southland events manager Laura Faherty said participants would be able to go into the draw for a wide range of spot prizes if they entered the Your Surf to City photo competition.

    “We will have some more details about how to enter the competition closer to the time, but we are really looking forward to seeing how Invercargill people and the wider Southland community make the Surf to City their own in 2022,” she said.

    “There are plenty of opportunities during Your Surf to City for families, workplaces or community groups to take part. We are pleased we can still give the community an active experience, while working inside the Covid Protection Framework.”

    The Surf to City has been Southland’s largest participation event and attracted up to 4000 people.

    Active Southland is the regional sports trust for Murihiku, supporting play, active recreation and sport to enable Southlanders to lead more active lives.

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