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More than 70,000 run in Auckland Round the Bays

Published: 1:40PM Sunday March 10, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Round the Bays fun run in Auckland, March 10 2013 (Source: Supplied)
    Round the Bays fun run in Auckland, March 10 2013 - Source: Supplied

More than 70,000 people have taken part in the annual Round the Bays fun run in Auckland today.

Event organisers were delighted with the turnout, which had 42,000 official registrations, up slightly on last year.

The 8.4km run follows the contours of Auckland's Waitemata harbour. It begins in the city on Quay St and finishes on the waterfront at St Heliers Bay.

The event winner for the second year in a row was Jono Jackson from Auckland City Athletics.

Jackson completed the run in 26 minutes and 39 seconds, shaving nearly two minutes off his 2012 winning time.

"It was good to blast it the whole way and see who had it in the end. It was a classic race really," he said.

The first woman home was Becky Wade from Dallas, Texas, who ran the race in a time of 28 minutes and 59 seconds.

"I went out pretty conservative and I was behind a bunch of guys and slowly picked my way through them. I tried to push it in the end," she said.

More than 860 teams took part, with ASB Bank fielding the largest team with 1163 entrants.

Tony Gibson, CEO of Round the Bays' major sponsor Ports of Auckland, completed the run along with fellow team members.

"We had a large, enthusiastic team of nearly 600 including Ports of Auckland employees and families, and the spirit along the course was wonderful. Everyone had fun whether they were serious runners, speedy walkers or taking it at a more leisurely pace," he said.

Mayor Len Brown was the official race starter, leading the crowd in the traditional countdown to the Army's starting gun at 9.30am.

Hot, sunny weather made the Watercare water stations popular stops along the route, with 100,000 cups of water handed out along the way.