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Rakaia is a rural community set on the Canterbury Plains 50 kilometers south of Christchurch. The township of over 1000 people was established on the southern side of the Rakaia River at its major crossing. The original road and rail bridge was built in 1873. The present road bridge was opened in 1939 and spans 1.8 kilometers of one of the world’s best examples of a ‘braided’ river. When constructed it was the longest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere. The bridge is the gateway to Mid-Canterbury and southbound travelers often turn westward over the bridge to explore the Southern Alps

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The Lions of Rakaia and Rakaia Sports Clubs are excited to announce that together they are organising the first ever multi sport and duathlon events utilising the Rakaia River and riverbed right on the doorstep of the Rakaia Township. This event has something for everyone – individual, three member teams, two member teams and four choices of disciplines including a race just for the ladies – Fillies Tour de Rakaia. This event is being organised for the masses and includes competitive, corporate and non-competitive stages. Bike, run and/or kayak – the choice is yours. The Salmon Run will be held on 10 October 2015, starting in the Rakaia Domain at 10am, which is not far away. The Rakaia region is rich in agriculture and a paradise for multisport and outdoor recreationalists with our beautiful braided Rakaia River dominating. If you are entering the Coast to Coast this race will be a nice addition to your training schedule.

Chech out the Website at www.thesalmonrun.nz
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