Karekare Beach Races Saturday 8th April 2017

Karekare Beach Races – Saturday 8th April 2017 – from 11am

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It is time for the beach races, Karekare’s special carnival day – lots of fun for all the family and a great social event. We will have thundering hooves in the main races, and the Kidz Kartz again – that is little kids driving tiny ponies flat out! And all the usual attractions – home made food, a flutter on the horses, pony rides, kids’ fun races, quick-fire raffles and the famous Karekare T-shirts. See the new design on our Karekare Beach Races facebook page. Prices will be $25 for kids, $35 for adults – available on race day only.

This is our big fund raising day for local Karekare causes –the school and the surf club. Come along and enjoy the fun, make sure you have Sat 8th April marked in your diary. Let your horsey friends know – see the entry form. The committee are hard at work making arrangements for this fun, fundraising day for the school and surf club. We all know parking will be at a premium. So, if possible, locals, please arrange to park at a friend’s, not in a public spot. There will be reserved parking for school parents and VIP’s. To make the day run smoothly we need all the local help we can get. We need volunteers to help with pony rides, to help set up in the morning, to pack down at the end, to sell programmes, to help with parking, to offer help to anyone on the day who looks hassled and has not had a break! The more helpers, the more everyone gets a chance for  a break. Any offers to Bob 8128 091, Bob@cll.net.nz Caroline 8128 760 cgrovekk@gmail.com or Sarah 0272 619 409 cesande@gmail.com

The day will start earlier for some – with a running race from Piha. If you are up for some exercise before devouring the famous surf-club sandburgers and Lone Kauri School cakes, how about a run or walk over from Piha to Karekare? The “Human Event” starts from Steadfast Park at 9am and follows the Hillary Trail to finish at the event village on Karekare Beach. We will take your gear over to Karekare and you can have a shower at the surf club so you can enjoy the races before heading back to Piha on the shuttle later. For more info and to enter, see –  http://lacticturkey.co.nz/KarekareBeachRacesHumanEvent/

Again, this year, there will be The Fantastic Hat competition, so get creative – this year the theme is ‘Feathered Friends’ . There is a $2 entry fee, enter on the day and be there for judging to start at 11 am, there are three categories, prizes for each group:

1. Pre-school 2. 5 – 12 years old 3. Open

Parking is always limited at Karekare but that problem is solved for Piha people who can just get the shuttle. Chris McLean of the Piha Surf Shuttle will be running a shuttle service leaving from the Domain from 9 a.m. – and carrying on till he has got everyone back! The charge will be $3 a head or $5 return or $20 for a family of 5 or more. You can contact him on 027 444 1288

To enter the horse races or any queries – phone Caroline Grove 8128 760 or Kim Conway 027 6688 062 or email cgrovekk@gmail.com. Entry forms can be downloaded from here