Next month you can hit one of New Zealand’s most popular private walking tracks and help get more
people back on their feet at the same time, thanks to a new one-day trail event taking place on the
Southern Wairarapa Coast.
Simply known as “The Tora”, this event takes place on Saturday 28 May, providing three different walking
and running options on the private Tora Coastal Walk trail. All proceeds go to The CatWalk Trust, whose
mission is centred around funding world-class research and innovation to cure spinal cord injury.
“We feel very fortunate to have access to The Tora Coastal Walk track for this event. It’s a beautiful part
of New Zealand that should be on everyone’s bucket list, and with the challenging terrain and stunning
scenery, it will be an absolute treat for trail lovers,” says Meg Speirs, General Manager of the CatWalk
“What’s most exciting for us is that this special event supports our goal of curing spinal cord injury so
people can get out of their wheelchairs and walk again. Anyone who participates in this event will be
helping make that happen.”
Organised by sport event company Total Sport, there are three distances to choose from, with options of
running or walking 13.5km or 21.1km, or taking part in a self-paced 5km supporters walk. This walk takes
participants up to “The Trig”, providing impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. $100 of the entry fee from
the supporters walk goes directly to CatWalk.
“CatWalk are a truly inspiring charity that’s close to our hearts, and we’re excited to be involved in their
fundraising efforts. We provide access to the trails on our farmland, and the food for the participants, so
we’ll ensure everyone is well-fed, Tora style!” says Kiri Elworthy, from the Tora Coastal Walk.
The Tora is an all-inclusive trail event, with the ticket price including entry fee, home baking, fruit, the
choice of three burgers, barista coffee, local wine, beer and non-alcoholic refreshments, and post-event
entertainment provided by local musicians.
Entries to this one-day event are limited to 600, and with over half the tickets already sold, people are
encouraged to book their spot. Full details are available at www.thetora.co.nz