Get set for Round the Bays
It’s time to put all that training to good use.
Sunday sees the HSBC Round the Bays, organised by Fairfax Media, the owners of the Auckland City Harbour News and the Sunday Star-Times, hit Auckland city streets from Quay St to St Heliers at 9.30am.
Organisers are expecting as many as 70,000 people to the giant charity event which will raise money for Kidz First and Starship children’s hospitals and Gifted Kids.
City centre streets will close for the event, with Quay St from lower Albert St to The Strand shut from 5am to 11.30am, Tamaki Drive from The Strand to Goldie St from 6am-11.30am, Goldie St from 6am-11.30am, and The Parade from 6am to 11.30am.
Participants are asked not to run or walk over railway tracks, since trains will be operating on the day, and are reminded that it is walkers to the left, runners to the right.
Buses costing $3 will run from the finish at St Heliers back to the startline for the event but be sure to leave plenty of time because parking is always an issue.
The buses will also run after the event to the city.
Drink plenty of water at the Watercare stops and look out for Moro bars at the finish as a bit of a treat, and a refreshing Pump water.
The charity event has raised millions and the organisers say none of it would be possible without the support of key sponsors like the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and the army of Auckland Joggers Club volunteers, and most especially the people who take part.
Late entries can be taken on the day. You can register to take part outside Britomart. This year’s event is $15 for adults and $10 for those under 16. The fee includes a runner-number, entry and a certificate – if requested. Every entrant must pay.
Suburban Newspapers editor in chief David Kemeys says HSBC Round the Bays is a massive challenge for the team that puts it on.
“With the economy a little down we are concerned fewer people may turn out but that would be a real shame since this is one of the few events that really unites the people of this city.
“It always amazes me to see people who have never met, encouraging each other and smiling and chatting along the way,” Mr Kemeys says.
“At the end of the day this is for charity, so the more people who take part the more we give away.”
Meanwhile expect some giant teams. The Halberg Trust has a team of volunteers helping disabled participants and Auckland’s three district health boards have joined forces to enter 1542 people.
Watercare’s amazing centipede may even be longer than last year.
What is certain is that everyone who takes part in the HSBC Round the Bays is guaranteed a great time.