Best prices for early birds

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Reg­is­tra­tions are now open for the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run and walk on March 9.

About 70,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to take to part in the pop­u­lar an­nual event which is coowned by the Auck­land Jog­gers Club and Fair­fax Me­dia, owner of the Auck­land City Har­bour News and its par­ent com­pany, Subur­ban News­pa­pers.

New ini­tia­tives such as early­bird en­try prices aim to in­crease the num­ber of reg­is­tered en­trants from the 42,000 who tra­di­tion­ally pay to take part.

‘‘Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays has a strong fundrais­ing legacy and re­lies on paid reg­is­tra­tions to main­tain its tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing chil­dren’s char­i­ties,’’ Fair­fax Me­dia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Tong says.

‘‘We’re de­lighted to con­firm seven char­i­ties as the of­fi­cial ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the 2014 event, se­lected for spe­cific projects that will help a wide range of Auck­land chil­dren and teens. Plus we’re part­ner­ing with Ev­ery­day Hero so en­trants can use on­line fundrais­ing to fur­ther sup­port their favourite.’’

Char­i­ties re­ceiv­ing a share of $150,000 in 2014 are Auck­land Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis, Ra­dio Lol­lipop, The Hear­ing House, Crohn’s & Col­i­tis New Zealand, Raukatauri Mu­sic Ther­apy Trust, Kid­sline and Fair­fax First Books.

The 8.4km flat course starts at Quay St and fol­lows the Waite- mata Har­bour edge to fin­ish on the water­front at St He­liers Bay.

En­tries be­fore Jan­uary 31 ben­e­fit from new early-bird pric­ing of $20 for adults and $10 for kids, with un­der-5s free. The adult en­try fee has in­creased for the first time in seven years from $15.

Event or­gan­is­ers are also en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses to book sites at Madill’s Farm early for post-run hos­pi­tal­ity.

Num­bers are lim­ited for 2014 as Glover Park is un­avail­able.

‘‘Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays gets big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year. The easy course and fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere makes Round the Bays an event for every­one, re­gard­less of age or abil­ity,’’ Mr Tong says.

Crazy cos­tumes: Start plan­ning your out­fit, Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays is not far away.

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