Marathon T-shirts canned
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. In past years the T-shirts were made by Adidas but this year they would be Asics.
John Paynter, an Auckland Marathon runner of 20 years, said runners would miss the T-shirts.
‘‘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 kept an eye out for other runners wearing marathon T-shirts when he was out training, often sparking up conversations with them.
Keith Procter is one of more than 100 University of Auckland Running Club members entered in the Auckland Marathon. ’’If you ask most runners, they would rather have T-shirts than a medal,’’ Proctor said.
Auckland Marathon spokesman Dewhurst said competitors would receive their choice of a trucker running hat or visor. The shirts are available for an additional $25. This year the event featured a new registration system, new website and personalised race numbers, Dewhurst said. Compared to other races around New Zealand, the Auckland Marathon is the most expensive to enter. The Christchurch Marathon costs $90, Dunedin $60, Wellington $68 and Queenstown $106.
‘‘I know people are keen on their shirt collections.’’
Runners in the Auckland Marathon will have the choice of either a trucker hat or visor in this year’s race pack.