Race to the Brewery was created by Property Brokers in 2011 to raise money for the Manawatu Cancer Society. Since then, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for not only the Cancer Society but also the Rescue Helicopter. In 2018 a scholarship fund was also introduced, alongside the other donations, to support young Manawatu athletes to achieve their goals.
From humble beginnings, the race has evolved into a major sporting event on the Manawatu calendar. With each passing year, previous competitors have returned and are joined by new teams in the spirit of fun, friendly rivalry and raising money for great local causes. With the help of generous sponsors, supportive local business, landowners (who let us race over their property) and great participants, this race just gets bigger and better.
Race day starts at the Property Brokers Head Office in Broadway Avenue with the finish line at the Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka. A relay of six stages, the race consists of a road cycle from the start line to the Manawatu Gorge, followed by a run through the gorge to Balance Bridge. A swift uphill walk, via Hall Block Road, connecting with the mountain bike leg that traverses the North Range Road before diverting onto private farmland for downhill fun. Once at the bottom the race continues to a quick road run then onto the big finish, over hill’s and across a river to the finish line at the Brewery for a cold drink and a bit of fun.
This is a great race and a great day out. So whether you’re an athlete or an amateur, competitive or just compassionate to doing your bit for important causes – The Race to the Brewery is an event you don’t want to miss.