If you took it easy over winter and are looking for the inspiration to haul yourself up off the couch, the Oamaru Multisport Club just might have the thing for you.

The club’s fun walk and run and duathlon series, part of its annual summer series, starts on November 15 and is held weekly on Wednesdays until November 29.

Both aspects are designed for people with varied levels of fitness, from those with higher aspirations to those who just want to get out and have fun, Oamaru Multisport Club organiser Adair Craik said.

“There’s a whole lot of people that are aiming towards the Wanaka Challenge and also our own local event, the Oamaru triathlon and duathlon in March. They gear themselves up for both events and get themselves fit.

“The emphasis itself is just on participation. It’s not about winning. It’s about going out there and just doing, really . . . that’s why we call it ‘off the couch’.

“You don’t have to be aiming for any particular event. It helps you get going and you can do it with other people. It’s fun, basically.”

The fun walk and run can be done over one lap (2.5km), two laps (5km) or four laps (10km).

The “off the couch” duathlon features a 2km walk or fun, 4km bike ride and another 500m walk or run. The longer “weekend warriors” event includes a 2km run, 12km bike and 2.5km run.

When those events are complete, the club will stage its triathlon, duathlon and fun run series in February, the Oamaru triathlon and duathlon in March, and a children’s event on March 8.

Craik said between 60 and 90 people took part in the early events last year and she expected similar numbers this year, possibly more.

“I think there’s more and more people getting involved in triathlon or even duathlon because it’s multi-disciplined.

“It’s better for avoiding injuries because cycling and swimming are non-weight-bearing so it’s just easier on the body.”

Meanwhile, Oamaru will again host the South Island secondary schools triathlon and duathlon championships on March 8.

Craik said the town had hosted the event, which attracts nearly 40 schools from around the South Island, for nearly 15 years.

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