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Unique IDSU0226
Status:Winner
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):Canterbury University Tramping Club (CUTC)
Entry completed by:Lexi Richards
Club Role:Membership Officer
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Phone:02040239320
Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Sports Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:TWALK
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

TWALK is CUTC's biggest event and it has been run since 1967! TWALK stands for "Twenty-four hour walk" - it is a 24 hour adventure race that happens at a mystery location. Competitors complete as many legs as they want and dress up in awesome (sometimes impractical) costumes.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The purpose of TWALK is to provide people with a 24 hour rogaine event. There are not many around, and TWALK brings people from all over New Zealand. TWALK attracts such a range of people, all connected through their love of the outdoors. Whether people are entering with the intention of not sleeping so as to complete all of the legs, it is also an opportunity for people who want to go for a long walk and have a bit of fun dressing up. It brings like-minded people together and is an awesome event to be a part of.

How did you make it happen?

"Many months of planning and preparation went into TWALK - majorly attributing to its success. Neither of us had organised an event of this calibre before, and TWALK being the oldest adventure race in New Zealand had a-lot of small quirks and traditions to uphold (daunting!). However, support from past organisers was super helpful and went a long way. What made TWALK an awesome event was the mammoth team effort and mahi put in by the 20 volunteers before, during, and after the race. They had 350 people to keep fed and happy throughout the night, which they pulled off."

How did you make it better?

"Every year, a few teams tend to get lost, and a volunteer search party (of competitors) are sent out to find them. To combat this we teamed up with track.me, a local company who specialise in event tracking. This way we could go keep an eye on teams during the event, and afterwards the teams could go online to see all the circles they ran in!" - Written by one of our TWALK organisers.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

For the 54 years TWALK has been running, the golden tramping rule of leave only footprints, take only photos has been practiced by competitors and organisers alike. This factors into small parts such as the use of biodegradable plates as control points (approx. 100 were placed around the 120km course), adequate grey-water tanks and rubbish/recycling bins, and byo plates, cups, and cutlery.

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If you have an event video, please link it here:twalk.nz