Arrowtowner Max isn’t over the hill just yet


An octogenarian Arrowtowner plans to take on the iconic Mototapu event this weekend – for the fifth time.

Sprightly Max McDermid, 85, is training to walk the challenging 15km Miners Trail on Saturday.

“You’ve got to keep the joints moving haven’t you,” McDermid says.

“It’s a lovely track and you can see right out to Lake Hayes and all the mountains about – it’s invigorating.”

A total of 4000 competitors have signed up for 10th year of the off-road multisport race series through the Motatapu high country from Wanaka to Arrowtown.

It features a 47km mountain bike, 42km off-road marathon, a 49km adventure run, 15km Miners Trail run and a half-ironman distance triathlon.

McDermid, who will walk with Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins, trains by walking Tobin’s Track most days.

“I get to meet lovely people I wouldn’t otherwise have met,” McDermid says.

“There are a few regulars and it’s good to see everyone in the morning out for their daily walk.”

McDermid, the oldest competitor, has lived in Arrowtown 20 years and plans to take part again next year – hoping his grandchildren will join him.