Race packs stripped of T-shirt

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JACK­SON THOMAS

‘‘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.

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Run­ners in the Auck­land Marathon will have the choice of ei­ther a trucker hat or vi­sor in this year’s race pack. Keith Proc­ter

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