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Central Leader - - News -

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 Dr from The Strand to Goldie St from 6am to 11.30am, Goldie St from 6am to 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 and 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 a prob­lem.

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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 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 run­ner­num­ber, 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.

“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 is guar­an­teed a great time.

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