Race packs stripped of T-shirt
‘‘If you ask most runners, they would rather have T-shirts than a medal’’
An Auckland Marathon tradition has been scrapped with T-shirts no longer included in runners’ race packs, despite the entry fee remaining the same.
The Auckland Marathon is the longest running marathon event in the country and the most expensive.
Entry to this year’s event costs $155, the same as last year.
However, the T-shirts will cost extra.
John Paynter, an Auckland Marathon runner of 20 years, said runners would miss the T-shirts.
‘‘I know people that are really keen on their shirt collections,’’ Paynter said.
‘‘I treasure them from New Plymouth, Rotorua and the occasional other marathon too. I wish I had the one from the oneoff Huntly marathon.’’
He said he often kept an eye out for other runners wearing marathon T-shirts when he was out on the roads training.
Paynter said he would often spark up conversations with them, based on the year or event their shirts represented.
Keith Procter is one of more than 100 University of Auckland Running Club members entered in this year’s Auckland Marathon.
He said the T-shirts were both special and practical.
‘‘If you ask most runners, they would rather have T-shirts than a medal,’’ Proctor said.
T-shirts were good for training, medals were not, he said.
In a first this year, medals would be offered in the 12km race as well as the half and full mara- thon.
Auckland Marathon spokesman Andrew Dewhurst said competitors would receive their choice of a trucker running hat or visor in this year’s race pack.
The shirts are available for an additional $25 via the marathon website.
In past years the collectors item T-shirts were made by Adidas but this year they would be Asics.
This year the event featured a new registration system, new website and personalised race numbers, Dewhurst said.
The entry fees are consistent with those from 2016 but include a considerable discount for students and for early entry, Dewhurst said.
The Auckland Marathon is the most expensive New Zealand marathon to enter.
Entry to the Christchurch Marathon costs $90, Dunedin $60, Wellington $68 and Queenstown $106.
Runners in the Auckland Marathon will have the choice of either a trucker hat or visor in this year’s race pack. Keith Procter