A New Zealand sports legend wants redemption on the Motatapu marathon after injury marred her first attempt.
Four-time World Squash Open champion Dame Susan Devoy, who dominated the sport in the 80s and 90s, took on the 42km high-country run from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 2011.
“I was pretty pathetic last time so I thought I better have another crack,” Devoy says.
“I had an Achilles problem and the pain started at about 5km. I managed to walk it though – I don’t like being stumped by anything.”
Devoy, who’ll stay with Queenstown lawyer Tom Pryde, will run with her husband this Saturday and hopes to finish in five hours: “I don’t try to be a superhero anymore … but it is hard to not be competitive, it goes against my natural instincts. I’m sure I’d sprint at the end if there was someone just in front of me.”
The event’s triathlon section features a rematch between 2013 Coast to Coast winner Braden Currie (Wanaka) and runner-up Richard Ussher.
Canadian triathlete and cancer survivor Jamie Whitmore will compete in the mountain bike event, after speaking at the local launch of a nationwide men’s cancer rehabilitation programme, Steel Pilates, tomorrow.
A record 3676 competitors will race in the ninth Motatapu.