What’s on in March
Adrenaline addicts are spoiled for choice this spring. Here are four events where you can get physical!
Here be dragons
Team paddling The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest dragon boat festival sees 10,000 spectators roar on 40 adult teams and 30 schools competing over a 300-metre course in Wellington. The New Zealand Red Cross uses the event to raise funds.
March 10–11: Wellington, New Zealand
Vertical running Paris’ iconic Iron Lady will host 129 runners scaling 1,665 steps during the fourth Verticale de la Tour Eiffel®, attempting to beat the 7 minutes 48 seconds record. Two participants gained spots in this coveted event after winning November’s Battles de Montmartre.
March 15: Paris, France
Hitching a lift
Wife-carrying The 11th UK Wife-Carrying Race can see male/female combinations of carrier and “wife” compete over 380 metres, taking in obstacles and water hazards en route. The winners get 50 litres of beer, the highest-placed British couple receives cash towards attending July’s World Championships in Finland.
April 8: London, UK
Horseback archery Along a 300-metre course, 20,000 spectators will watch over 20 mounted archers in traditional hunting attire and seven horses practice Yabusame, aiming to hit three targets to win a silk cloth. Kusajishi, standing archery also practiced in historic attire, provides an earlier appetiser.
April 21: Tokyo, Japan
Compiled by Simon Fry