There was blue sky, blue water and perfect conditions all round for participants in the 2014 Round the Bays Auckland fun run.
An Auckland favourite since 1972, the event has grown to become one of the world’s largest fun runs with 40, 000 registered participants turning out this year.
Run along a flat 8.4km course following the contours of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, the fun run is ideally suited for recreational runners and walkers looking for a social day out.
It is also a timed event and a race - and this year Jonathan Jackson took out the men’s event in a time of 25:56, while Lisa Robertson won the women’s in 28:38. Lee Warn won the Elite Wheelchair event in 27:38.
An event well known for being family friendly and having a great atmosphere, organisers encourage participants to raise money for good causes as part of the experience. Both individuals and teams of runners raised thousands of dollars in a tremendous display of charity, giving the event a particularly warm and positive feel.
With the sea at their side and the sun on their backs, once again participants absolutely loved the Round the Bays Auckland.
One of New Zealand’s most exciting multisport events returns to Rotorua in June - and for hardcore adventure racers and weekend warriors alike the 2014 3D Rotorua sure looks an enticing proposition.
Located in the North Island’s pristine heartland, the event begins on the idyllic Blue Lake. With surrounding native forest reflecting back off the crystal clear water, participants can be forgiven for taking a bit of extra time to survey the natural beauty as they complete their paddle on the water.
The glorious scenery doesn’t end at the transition on to mountain bikes however, as participants quickly ride their way into the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Here they will be treated to some of the world’s best mountain bike tracks, including several thrilling downhill runs with plenty of chances for big air.
Athletes can then enjoy being amazed one last time as they enter the run in the magnificent Redwood Forest. Runners will be kindly distracted by the beautiful native bush and ferns dispersed between towering Redwoods until they emerge at the finish line, surrounded by a festive gala and hundreds of fellow competitors.
There are 118 different entry options, just make sure you pick one of them and don’t miss out on the 2014 3D Rotorua.