Marathon T-shirts canned

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JACK­SON THOMAS

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.’’

SUP­PLIED

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

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