On­line race won — now for real thing

Whanganui Chronicle - - Sport - Marathon Jared Smith

The Pak’nSave 3 Bridges Marathon has ex­pe­ri­enced more growth un­der the on­line reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem tri­alled last year, as more than 600 run­ners and walk­ers have been con­firmed to sign up for the dash back and forth across the Whanganui River this morn­ing.

A dif­fer­ent or­gan­is­ing group within the Wan­ganui Har­rier Club took over the 15-year-old event in re­cent years and in­tro­duced the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion for­mat where com­peti­tors must sign up by the Fri­day dead­line, rather than “on-the­day” walk-up reg­is­tra­tions.

It saves time in the morn­ing for all club of­fi­cials to watch the race and sup­port those tak­ing part.

Us­ing the on­line sys­tem, the 2017 num­ber of 600 was up on the 500 who took part in 2016, and spokesman Rob Con­der said they had ex­ceeded it again by yesterday af­ter­noon, a few hours be­fore the cut off.

“We’ve over the 600-mark, so that’s a real pos­i­tive.”

Last year’s event was won by Auck­land’s Jaden Cairncross in 2h 49m 12s, a per­sonal best.

The 10.5km course starts along­side Moutoa Gar­dens and takes in the Dublin St Bridge, then heads down An­zac Pa­rade for a back-and-forth trip across the City Bridge, be­fore con­tin­u­ing down Pu­tiki Dr to the Cob­ham Bridge and run­ning back along Taupo Quay and Somme Pa­rade to the fin­ish.

Full marathon com­peti­tors do four laps, and top fin­ish­ers aim to com­plete the course in just un­der three hours.

The full marathon walk­ers led the fes­tiv­i­ties off at 6am this morn­ing, with the run­ners de­part­ing at 7.30am.

Prop­erty Bro­kers half-marathon walk­ers and run­ners (two laps) de­part be­tween 8-8.30am, fol­lowed by the Let’s Go 5km cor­po­rate re­lay, which loops be­tween the Dublin and City bridges, start­ing at 9am.

The Unichem Whanganui 10km (one lap) race is 10am, with The Hits 5km race at 11.30am. The McDon­ald’s 1.2km Kids’ Fun-run-athon will be­gin at 12.30pm.


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