Fancy dress contest boosts the fun in bays run
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.