THE WAIHEKE WAY

Since its inception in 1992 by the Waiheke Harriers the Wharf2Wharf Event has grown significantly and now incorporates 3 distances over different terrains for both runners and walkers. The enormous popularity of walking and running in pursuit of fitness, combined with the beautiful scenery and leisurely ambience of Waiheke Island, has seen participation levels increase over the years.

While the aim of the Event is to create a fun-filled, relaxing day for competitors and supporters alike, many elite athletes use the steep, hilly course of the 25k run to train for marathons and ultra-running events.  Olympians and Olympic hopefuls – such as Mark Bright and Scott Winton – have returned regularly to participate. There are also many serious walkers competing over the same course.

With ambitions to exceed 1,000 participants in the near future the Event has recently embraced the technological age by introducing on-line registrations and merchandising, chip timing systems (for accurate time-keeping), and social networking through Facebook and Twitter to get messages out to our family of participants.

All proceeds from this annual event are distributed by Waiheke Rotary Club to assist local community organisations.  Support by local businesses is a mainstay of the event as they donate many of the great prizes and giveaways. A central tenet is to do things the “Waiheke Way” from the roadside spectators cheering on the runners and walkers through to the local community groups dressing up and creating individual themes while working the water stations.

Post race entertainment provides a splendid picnic opportunity on a wide grassy expanse overlooking Matiatia Bay. Competitors and supporters can enjoying local foods, sample local beverages, and be entertained by local musicians.  Now that’s the Waiheke Way!