Lake Hayes’ new race

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Lapping it up: Queenstown Athletic runners preparing for the Lake Hayes Easter race are, from left, Gareth Harcombe, 17, Aleks Cheifetz, 16, Samantha Fookes, 13, Benjamin Britton, 16, and Logan Campbell, 13 PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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”.