Arguably Queenstown’s most scenic lake will be the setting for a spectacular running race this Easter.
Up to 125 runners, including some of New Zealand’s best, will line up for the inaugural Lap of Lake Hayes Race on April 20 – running clockwise from the northern end.
It’s the brainchild of Queenstown Athletic president and Wakatipu High running coach Neville Britton, who after a handful of his students clocked just under 29 minutes, the fastest-known lap times, thought it would be exciting to see a benchmark running record set for the 8km track.
The special guest of the Athletics NZ-sanctioned event will be Kiwi running legend Rod Dixon – an Olympic medallist and ’83 New York City Marathon winner – after whom the main trophy will be named.
Britton expects the course’s hilly nature “will inject a bit of acidosis in the runners’ legs”.