Mighty maunga challenging locals
The maunga is a popular place at the moment thanks to the Titirangi Mt Everest Challenge. More than 1300 people of all ages have registered to clock their climbs.
We're rapt to see so many people enjoying the maunga, but please make sure you take extra care on the road, keep your dogs on a leash and most importantly, enjoy it.
It’s the fifth year the 7-week challenge has been held, and while it calls for participants to walk, run or cycle Titirangi 68 times – to equal the height of Mount Everest – some have already exceeded 100 climbs, just 2 weeks into the event.
As a city, challenge participants have climbed to space 7 times – that’s more than 700,000m and 5500 climbs.
The concept was dreamt up by Sean and Fi Shivnan, of Sean Shivnan Pharmacy, who modelled it on the Swim the Distance Challenge which sees locals notching the laps at the Olympic Pool as they swim from Gisborne to Mahia.
Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti community events advisor Debbie Hutchings says the Titirangi Challenge encourages people to achieve things they never thought possible.
“For many, they are doing things they never thought they could,” she says. “They’re motivated by all sorts of things – family, friends or just on their own journey – and the success they achieve could encourage them to even more.”
Some of the individuals make up 190 teams – including health groups battling type 2 diabetes.