So, with the Government just announcing that outdoor events can go ahead without restrictions, this means we are all good to go for the WUU2022!
This is great news for the events industry, and I am very excited about this news! It means we can move forward with planning the event and run it the way it is intended
With changes coming up to the covid framework soon, it finally sounds like we may be getting some more freedoms here in NZ. For the events sector (among many other sectors) this comes as a sigh of relief, but we are still obviously in uncertain times.I think for events such as the WUU2K, where the event is run outdoors, there needs to be no limits and eased restrictions, and I believe this will happen soon. I mean, it has to right? The same goes for all outdoor sporting events.
The WUU is getting more entries but things have clearly been a lot slower with hesitation around covid and entering events. I fully get it and understand that people want more assurance that the event they enter will go ahead, and hopefully we're getting to that stage after 2 years of uncertainty!
SOME STATS SO FAR:
As it currently stands, there are
YOUNGER ONES WANTING TO RUN THE WUU2022
I am allowing under 18's to enter the 21km category for 2022 with parental consent ONLY. If your child does want to run in the 21km event, you simply need to email me stating that you give consent for your child to run in the event. I know there are some of you out there who would love to run either as a family, or with your child, so feel free to sign up together. Just please email me first and I will send you the age override code.
Please note that your child will still need all the comp gear even if you run together.
So, we're almost a week into entries opening for the WUU2022, so here are the numbers so far.
Half of entries are first time WUU runners, with around 70% male and 30% female. The majority of entrants are in the 40 age bracket.
I'm always thinking of new and improved categories to add into the WUU and the WAI. For the WUU2K 2022 I have removed the relay option because we now have the 21km option instead. The relay was always a bit tricky to manage and I would always end up having to juggle around teams with changes, and constant updates within the teams. This along with the mid-point congestion at the Turbine meant it was time to change things up.
For the WAI run fest 2022 I have added in 3 new categories to choose from. These include the Mount Climie Climb Climb - a charity event where runners must complete as many laps as they can within a 12 hour period. This will turn into a bit of a strategic game to see who can do the most before Midnight (they MUST be finished before the clock strikes!)
We also have the 12k Scenic Flight fun run, which is half of the 24km Quad Extender fun run (which includes Climie). This 12k is a perfect jaunt for those wanting a challenging run, but without the massive distance. We are also opening this to High School kids from 12-18 years old to battle it out among themselves, and their parents. The 12k has around 600m of elevation so is still a tough grunty little run! The 24k is only for the brave, as you will be finishing with an out-and-back of Mt Climie.
WUU2K opening in a couple of weeks and is always an exciting time!
As we move into 2022, Omicron is about to go nuts in the NZ community and there are going to be struggles going on all over the place. It's going to be tough. But we will get through it. We just kind of have to put our heads down and push on through as best we can. The events sector has already been through enough over the past 2 years, and organising the WUU/WAI events around covid has been a tricky thing to endure. I'm just crossing my fingers that by July, things will be looking a bit more relaxed. Always good to be optimistic right!?
The WUU 2022 planning is in the early stages. For 2022 it seemed fitting to open entries on the 22nd Feb to roll with the 2's and it's my Birthday also, so why not. I ordered WUU T Shirts already and they arrived at the end of 2021, as I preempted possible stock delays for 2022, so I made sure I got these sorted early. I'm kind of glad I did really as the shelves seem to be getting emptier and emptier.
The WUU 2022 team is getting sorted for 2022 also. Cate is back on board to organise the Volunteers for both WUU/WAI events this year, and I'm happy to have her back. I'll be doing the bulk of the admin work myself as I have done for all other years, but may rope my loving partner Megs into help out with things. Especially edging closer to race week I begin to get swamped with emails, while packing race bags etc. Stu will be back for the WUU to help coordinate the course marking which he has done every year, while Brent will be on hand to cover race day logistics with Brad. Depending on numbers of entries, I may need to pull a few more folk into the mix. We will just see how we go hey!
For the WUU2022 we will be adding a rain day back-up of the Sunday following race day Saturday in case the weather goes nuts again. Trying to have a rain day the weekend after or so just does not work with the potential for shit weather again the weekend after, so the best bet is to offer the Sunday of the same weekend. In doing this, we still need to organise all of the core logistics to have all aspects covered for both days, and is still an extra mission. All those folk coming from out of town will need to allow for this also, but I'm sure an extra day in Wellington is a good thing!
I'm hoping for the borders to open before July, so we can open up once again to our international field. It's been a couple of years and we miss the addition of International runners in the events. If we sell out prior to the borders opening, and then this changes, we may open to more entries for the International community. We will just have to sit tight for now and wait and see how the first part of the year plays out. Here's hoping.
We will do our best to put on an amazing WUU for you all this year, as I know you need it as much as myself and the crew need it. I personally love creating the WUU and bringing together a fine field of people for a day out on the Welly hills. For now, stay safe out there and we all look forward to seeing you in July. I'll leave you with a photo from the WAI2K start line 2021.