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Scavenger hunt exceeds expectations
Bay of Plenty Times, Tauranga Bay of Plenty  by Kiri Gillespie
05 Mar 2018
General News - Page 6 - 397 words - ID 920807690 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 205.00cm2

The debut of a cycling scavenger hunt was such a success, organisers are already working out what they need to do to make it bigger and better next year.

More than 100 people took part in The Great K Valley Adventure Race on Saturday, raising an estimated $1400 for the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

The charity event was organised by the event committee for Rotary Tauranga Sunrise and offered a cycling-styled scavenger hunt on the cycleways in and around K Valley, which runs alongside Route K.

Committee chairman Warren Scobie said he was "really pleased" with the day.

"It really exceeded expectations. We ended up with 104 people - that was made up of teams and individuals. There were a lot of families that participated which is really what we wanted," Scobie said.

He said organisers had expected 60 to 70 people.

"The objective of the whole day was to raise the profile of the K Valley cycle tracks and raise money for the Graeme Dingle Foundation." Spot prizes including a new bike, were given away throughout the day as people competed to solve puzzles.

Scobie said the racing and puzzle parts of the challenge became a leveller among those taking part so a person's fitness or cycling skill was not so important.

There were a few small things organisers learned from the day but overall they had very positive feedback, Scobie said.

"People loved it and said they would come back next year. We will definitely have an event next year.

"We've learned a couple of things from it and the talk at the event was, 'Okay, how can we scale it up for next year?' " Scobie said the idea for the adventure race came from a Rotary member who had been involved in something similar for walkers.

Because the club had been so involved with K Valley with projects such as planting, it made sense to take advantage of the cycle tracks while showcasing them to the community, he said.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation, founded by the mountaineer himself, aims to inspire all school-age New Zealand children to reach their full potential through programmes that help build self-esteem, promote good values and which teach valuable life, education and health skills.

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FAMILY: Andrea and Carl Acton and their children, Lucy 4, and Ella 7, join in The Great K Valley Adventure Race. PHOTO/ ANDREW WARNER

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