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We're off . . . Several participants from the Oamaru Multisport Club fun run events are expected to take place in Sunday's Oamaru Duathlon and Triathlon. PHOTO: DAVE BOYLE

Organisers of the Oamaru Duathlon and Triathlon have everything crossed for an alert level change before Sunday.

The event, which also includes the South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon and Duathlon series, is scheduled for Sunday, but with the change in Covid-19 alert levels, it can only take place if the South Island moves back to Level 1.

If Alert Level 2 is still in place on Sunday, the event will have to cancelled, as it cannot be postponed.

Oamaru Multisport Club treasurer Adair Craik said the club was keeping its athletes up to date through Facebook and a final decision would be made by tomorrow at the latest.

“We are still hopeful to have the event. At this stage, we are full steam ahead on the basis of Level 1,” Craik said.

Traditionally, the seconday school events attracted about 250 competitors from 38 South Island schools.

Some schools were holding off registering until there was a change in alert level.

“I suspect if we go ahead we’re going to have a lot of late entries, which will be harder for the day, but it’s just how it is.”

Several multisport events had been cancelled, and she hoped it would encourage people to get out and compete in Oamaru, if it was possible.

“We’re really keen to have as many people as possible doing it because there are so many things cancelled. Hopefully everyone is champing at the bit wanting to do something.

“We don’t have Motatapu on and we don’t have Iron Man, so this is an opportunity for people to do a little event but still feel as though they’ve accomplished something.”

The club hosted another series of fun runs, duathlons and triathlons last month, and she expected most of those athletes to participate.

“Even some of the younger kids are going to form teams. That’s always cool to see them come back and want more.

“It’s a fantastic sport, and you just do it at your own pace – you can be average, or even below average, it doesn’t matter as long as you can put one foot forward and get to the end – that’s what’s important.”

Registrations would open at 8am, and the races would get under way at 10am.

“We’re just encouraging people to come and watch. It’s very exciting because there’s a real mix.

“We just want you to be there – that’s the message.”