Fancy dress con­test boosts the fun in bays run

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion will add an ex­tra di­men­sion to the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run on March 10.

The pop­u­lar event has grown to be one of the largest fun runs in the world since it was started in 1972 by the Auck­land Jog­gers Club with 1200 par­tic­i­pants.

More than 70,000 peo­ple are ex­pected this year.

Com­peti­tors dress up for the day and past en­trants have in­cluded hu­man chick­ens, a team of wizards and the odd man in drag.

But a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion has not been of­fi­cially in­cluded – un­til now.

The Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run starts at 9.30am from Quay St and cov­ers 8.4km along the con­tours of Auck­land’s Waitem­ata Har­bour to fin­ish at Vel­lenoweth Green in St He­liers Bay. The event is a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Auck­land Jog­gers Club and Fairfax Me­dia, owner of the Auck­land City Har­bour News.

Or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pants to of­fi­cially reg­is­ter and pro­ceeds will go to sev­eral chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants can also sup­port the of­fi­cial event char­i­ties through Fundraise On­line.

Ev­ery reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pant of Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays re­ceives a run­ner num­ber to wear on the day and will be able to down­load a cer­tifi­cate record­ing their time.

Late reg­is­tra­tions are open un­til March 8 but are also pos­si­ble on race day from 7am to 9am at la­teen­try booths on Vel­lenoweth Green, St He­liers and near the start line on Tin­ley St.

A shut­tle bus op­er­ates along Ta­maki Dr be­tween St He­liers Bay and the city.

Water sta­tions are along the course and there are toi­lets near the start and fin­ish lines as well as pub­lic toi­lets open along the route.

Fancy dress: Get your glad rags on and run for char­ity in this year’s Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays event.

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