Participants in Walk in the Park in the Dark, #witherhills#marlboroughnz
The Wither Hills are one of Blenheim's most iconic features, however officially, the farm park is normally closed after sunset. Once a year though, around the shortest day, Walk in the Park in the Dark provides an officially sanctioned opportunity to enjoy the hills after dark.
The event also coincides with the period of commemoration of the Māori festival of Matariki or new year, which is increasingly being celebrated around New Zealand.
The hills offer an excellent vantage point to view Blenheim by night, and as seen in the distance in this image, even lights on the distant hills of the North Island.
Tomorrow I get to pace @lcordova from Foresthill to Green Gate at the most historic 100 miler in the country, Western States. Honestly, it’s an absolute privilege to get to do something like this for a runner like Lee who is fast and put in a lot of hard work for this thing. I remember reading books about Western, floored about how hot it gets in the canyons and, mystified by the caliber of athletes that wind up on the entrant list. Five years later and here I am, in Squaw Valley pacing, with three years of personal qualifiers for the 2019 race. Truth is I don’t wonder how this happened. Sometimes with a lot of hard work and patience you find yourself standing in the place you once read about in a book. Of course, if you’re really lucky, you find yourself standing there with your girlfriend who also once read about the same race in the same book. Life is sorta amazing like that.
Lee’s mantra: “I [email protected]$?ing LOVE THE HEAT!” Let’s do this!! @merrell@guenergylabs@stokedroasters@f_r_x_c #trainsoican#saltyssquad#getstoked#gottagetuptogetdown