Guest post by Jenny Lake, Pegasus Events and Business Development Manager
We held our first fun run at Pegasus last Sunday – and wow, it was a huge success! The Northern Outlook Pegasus Fun Run was an excellent event to be involved with and it looks as though it is set to become an annual fixture on the North Canterbury sporting calendar. There was a wonderful buzz around the town and I’ve had so much positive feedback from both visitors and residents at Pegasus.
It was an amazing hot day after the heavy rain earlier in the weekend, so we were very fortunate with the weather and people turned out in their droves. The sunny weather saw 800 additional people enter on the day for the 2.5km, 5km and 10km events, bringing the total number of entrants to 2300. We had an array of entertainment for those not taking part in the races, as you’ll see in these fantastic photos. We estimate that there were around 4000 people out at Pegasus on the day.
The music was great, the bungy was a success as was the face painting, the bouncy castle and the skate skool. The DJ did an outstanding job and the photos and video we have captured from throughout the day are sensational. The food and beverage stands were kept busy most of the day and the corporate groups I spoke with were very happy with their sites.
The children loved the dance competition and having two players from the Tactix on stage dancing with a wee girl that had won a prize was a highlight.
The event raised at least $12,000 to go towards the post-quake recovery of sport in Canterbury. Event organiser and Sport Canterbury business manager Jonny Kirkpatrick is thrilled with the funds raised, which will be used broadly, for anything from repairs and equipment to helping with booking facilities and financial assistance.
This was the perfect event to kick off our summer season here at Pegasus, and I look forward to sharing more post-event reports with you in the coming months!