Two-time Canoe Slalom Olympian Mike Dawson is taking on the Whaka 100km for the first time in October.
Sam Shaw (pictured left) leading Emerson's Whaka100 in 2018, Sam Osborne (centre), Samantha Kingsford (right). Photos supplied.
Among the pool of talented participants in the Whaka 100km and in the Elite category are three Sam’s.
Sam Shaw, Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford are set to take on the Whaka100 on 25th October.
Our friendly volunteers help to make the Whaka100 possible. They share the participants special moment of achievement and are a memorable feature of the event day.
Teresa Wilson has volunteered three times and has made a memorable impact with her dress ups and friendly approach to the role.
Entries sold out for the 100km, 50km and 25km course options at Emerson’s Whaka100 with three months to go until the race on 25th October in Rotorua.
The fourteenth edition of the Whaka100 is shaping up to be the largest in its history, taking place on Labour weekend.
Two-time champions Josie Wilcox and Tim Rush are returning this year, with potential to take their third wins.
Josh Te Kowhai and a group from Waikite Gym volunteered at the Whaka100 in 2019, helping to make Emerson's Whaka100 event possible. We caught up with Josh about his volunteer role and why he chooses to do it.
New Plymouth’s Daisy Day is entered in the 25km 60+ age group for the second time, after taking up mountain biking later in life when she decided she wanted to get fit. She was a surfer and coach, but wasn’t liking the cold Taranaki days in the waves. Daisy has shared her mountain biking journey with us.
Today we are bringing back an inspiring story from last year. Type one diabetic, Kate Bone took on the 100km at Emerson's Whaka100 in 2019. This is the story of her diagnosis and preparation, plus an added post event update.
The Women of the Whaka100: 24 hour solo mountain bike racing champ Ronel Cook returns to Emerson’s Whaka100
Dunedin’s Ronel Cook is taking on the 100km at Emerson's Whaka100, for the second time. Cook took on the 50km in 2009 and the 100km in 2019 before making the decision to return this year to improve her time from last year and if all goes to plan, qualify for the 100 miler in 2021.
A range of ages and abilities have stepped up to challenge themselves on The New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Whaka 50km course this year. Among these are 14 year old Poppy Lane and 70 year old Diane Golding.
NZ National champion and two time Whaka100 champion, Josie Wilcox is returning to the Whaka100 in October with potential to take a third win. Josie was unable to race last year due to an injury the day before the event.