Back Paddock Multisport
16 October 2022
Introducing an optional
"RUN THE GAUNTLET" option on the run course and kids events
The Platinum Homes Back Paddock Multisport Festival is an unique multisport experience in an absolutely stunning Central Hawkes Bay location with both family-friendly and challenging disciplines to suit EVERYONE.
Triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, solo swim, solo walk/run options plus kids events - when we say "something for everyone" we mean it!
Get your workmates together and enter a 3 person Off Road Short Triathlon team, bring a marquee and make a day of it! Trophu and bragging rights on the line. Be crowned the "Clash of the Corporates Winners". Every finisher gets a medal and a meal so perfect for a workplace gathering!
They say a picture paints a thousand words, so check out the video from the 2020 event!
The event venue and background
Situated on a private farm on the Takapau Plains (15 mins south of Waipukurau) family, friends and good times is at the core of the Backpaddock Lakes team. From humble beginnings, one day it was decided that it could be a good idea to dig up the back paddock of the family farm and try their luck at building a lake. A lake where family and friends could spend summer days enjoying each other’s company around the BBQ. Thankfully the water came and the team at Backpaddock Lakes have gone on to create a facility where kids can run wild and people from the community can enjoy an authentic lakeside experience like no other.
To see more of what Backpaddock Lakes is all about please click HERE
The majestic and forever-changing Ruahine Range acts as the perfect backdrop for these awesome lakes and our off road events. The native wetlands are constantly changing through the seasons and provide a peaceful retreat from the busy activities on the two water sports lakes. The dedicated native wetland area is approximately two hectares and includes seven islands made up of channels and open water separated by native plantings and local wildlife. This makes for the unique experience like no other and the perfect location for our swim, mountain bike and trail run courses. Water quality is regularly tested and surpasses all health and safety requirements for swimming and the lake is kept warm as it is only 2 metres deep.
"RUN THE GAUNTLET"
Are you up for it??
The Back Paddock team have always strived to make an event an experience, whether it is the unique course or the catered meal at the finish and cool medals. This year is no different and we have cranked it up. On the run course there will be an intersection where you can choose to do the normal run course OR.... you can "RUN THE GAUNTLET"!!
This distance may be slightly shorter but not necessarily quicker, it will be up to the participant how quick they can get through the gauntlet. The gauntlet can have everything from obstacles to colour bombs, let your imagine run wild to what might be waiting.
There is only one guarantee and that is it is going to be FUN!!
This option will be available to all competitors doing the run course.
The Gauntlet is called the COLDICUTT SHORTCUT thanks to naming sponsor Brayden Coldicutt from Harcourts Hawkes Bay!
Solo Trail Walk/Run
Whether you want to walk/run and enjoy the scenery or want to be a bit more competitive and aim for a personal best, it is all about being out there and getting involved. It is a 2.5km trail, mostly flat multi-lap course and will follow the perimeter of the lake, finishing back where you started in the event village.
Distances include -
5km Trail Walk/Run - 7 years +
10km Trail Walk/Run - 12 years +
Solo Lake Swim
We are excited to be able to offer a swim-only discipline as requested. This is a safe lake that is 2 metres deep and only 100 metres wide with a dedicated water safety team on the lake to ensure you are well supported at all times. No tides, currents or waves to worry about and you are close to the waters edge at all times.
500m Swim - 12 years +
1km Swim - 14 years +
Ok, so you aren't sure about cycling and swimming and running is your thing - then we have added an Aquathlon distance for you. Come and be part of the fun!
1km swim and 10km run - 14 years +
Duathlon - Individuals and Teams
Don’t feel like getting your feet wet? The Duathlon is the perfect option to blast it out on the wetlands of Backpaddock Lakes.
Minimum ages do apply. If you would like to register someone younger please email [email protected] for approval.
Short Distance Off Road Duathlon 12 years +
5.5km Mountain Bike
5km Trail Run
Long Distance Off Road Duathlon 14 years +
11km Mountain Bike
7.5km Trail Run
Off Road Triathlon - Individuals, Teams and Clash of the Corporates
If one discipline isn’t enough then let’s put it all together and do all three!!
The swim will start on the shoreline and will be a 1 lap course in the clear waters of the spring-fed lake directly from the Ruahine Ranges. We will be offering 2 distances and will consist of a fresh water swim, mountain bike and a trail run at the end just to keep you honest. This is multi-lap course so your supporters will get to cheer you on to the finish.
Minimum ages do apply. If you would like to enter someone younger please email [email protected] for prior approval.
Short Distance Triathlon - & Teams Clash Of The Corporates 14 years +
11km Mountain Bike
5km Trail Run
Long Distance Triathlon - 16 years +.
22km Mountain Bike
10km Trail Run
Kids and Family Events
The Back Paddock Multisport Festival team want to make the event an affordable experience for the whole family especially because the courses have all age groups in mind.
We are super stoked to announce this year we will have kids individual disciplines for those aspiring young athletes in the family. If your child is a little nervous, we also have options for a registered guardian to join them on the bike and/or run for support. These kids events are designed as an introduction to multi-sport and no times will be taken. This is about participation and fun and the kids will get a medal!
Distances - 7 years +. Can be accompanied by one registered adult.
1.30pm 2.5km Walk/Run Kids and families
2pm 5km Mountain Bike Kids and families
Please click on appropriate event (on the right) for pricing. All registrations will incur an online registration fee (5% + $1 NZD). Entries for this event will be limited, so don't miss out, get your entry in early. If not sold out, entries will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 9 October, 2022.
Course Maps (please click on apppropriate map below)
New Direction MTB & Run Courses Coming Soon....
500m Swim map
1km Swim Map
Trail Run Course
Transition/Finish at Venue
Entry to this event includes:
Race Bib (except solo swimmers)
Finishers medal (all distances - including kids events)
Aid stations with water, electrolyte sports drink and nutrition plus toilets and first aid
Post-event recovery area at the finish
Complimentary meal for all participants thanks to Pure Catering
All registered finishers will receive their medal and a complimentary meal at the finish line.
Loads of sponsor giveaways and spot prizes to be distributed randomly at prizegiving.
Event Schedule 16 October 2022
9am - 1.30pm – Registration open for all events.
You must register at least 30 mins before your event
9am – Transition open for bike racking (Duathlon and Triathlon only).
10.15am – Compulsory race briefing for all triathletes, solo swimmers and aquathlon
10.30am - Ind Tri long, Team Tri long, Aquathlon and 1km solo swim start (wave starts)
10.35am - Ind Tri short, Team Tri short, 500m solo swim start (wave starts)
11am - Compulsory race briefing for all duathletes and solo runners
11.15am - All duathletes plus solo runners start
1.25pm - Compulsory race briefing for 2.5km Kids/Families Run/Walk
1.30pm - Kids/Families Run Walk start
1.55pm - Compulsory race briefing for 5km Kids/Families mountain bike
2pm - Kids/Family 5km mountain bike start
2.45pm - Course closed
3pm (approx) - Prizegiving
Please note details for all events including maps are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.
Full event health and safety plans are in place along with a full Covid Activation Plan. If Traffic Lights change start times may need to be altered. When registering please be aware that changes may be made so please input a valid email address for communication along with checking our Back Paddock Multisport Festival and Triathlon Hawkes Bay Facebook pages and most importantly please download the free Triathlon Hawkes Bay mobile phone app for up to date notifications and changes.
So get involved and register today!