Half marathon marks 15 years

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This year’s Hamil­ton Half Marathon on Septem­ber 30 cel­e­brates 15 years with some spe­cial fea­tures, and there is still time to get your en­try in with the early­bird spe­cial fees.

To mark the 15th an­niver­sary a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal will be given to all fin­ish­ers in the Half Marathon 10km and 5km events.

Also this year, ma­jor spon­sor Di­rect Group Uni­form will pay a bonus if any course records are bro­ken.

The event has grown over the years and is now the Di­rect Group Uni­forms Hamil­ton Half Marathon and 10k Mark Kee­som Ray White On­line Re­alty 5km, plus the Kin­der­care Kids Com­mando Chal­lenge.

The event is a Hamil­ton in­sti­tu­tion open to all run­ners and walk­ers and is well known as the run­ning fes­ti­val where there is a dis­tance for every­one.

It was first run in 2004 with the start/fin­ish at Gran­tham Street. It later moved to Hamil­ton Gar­dens be­fore finding its home now at Flagstaff Park where the event has been held since 2010. The Half Marathon course now takes in part of the Te Awa river trail.

The event was started by Lyn Har­ris who recog­nised a lot of other cities held a half marathon but not Hamil­ton. Lyn has or­gan­ised the event ever since.

“We also raise money for a charity and this year our charity is again True Colours Chil­dren’s Health Trust,” she says.

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