Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019 is fast approaching and there’s plenty of reasons to sign up and take part – it’s a challenge to pick just a few, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5.
Round the Bays is all about community. It’s an event that brings together 14,500 Wellingtonians to enjoy a day of sunshine and activity; but it’s what happens behind the scenes that is the most powerful. Your entry fee goes back out into the community funding projects that educate and empower others to pursue a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. It means we can provide programmes that teach kids important life skills such as swimming. It means we can support low-income families to stay active and healthy, grow confidence in physical activity and learn practical healthy cooking skills. It means we can support other charities like Kaibosh Food Rescue to minimise food poverty and food waste in Wellington.
It’s iconic and part of Wellington’s history. Round the Bays has been running in Wellington (ha! see what we did there…) for 42 years and has no intention of slowing down. The course winds its way around our picturesque waterfront and all the iconic landmarks we know to be truly Wellington: Frank Kitts Park slide, Te Papa, Oriental Bay fountain, the Needle… the list goes on. If you’ve never done the event before, now’s the perfect time to get involved in something that is Absolutely Positively Wellington.
It’s an event for all ages and abilities. Round the Bays featured 5 categories over 3 distances so whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a weekend stroller, there’s a category to suit. The Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful in the country racing around the waterfront from Frank Kitts Park to close to Scorching Bay and back to Kilbirnie Park. The best part though? It’s completely flat! The 10km Follows the half marathon closely until the turn around point, at Burnham Wharf. A perfect event if you’re building speed or working your way up to a future half marathon. The last 3 categories are all 6.5km from Frank Kitts Park direct to Kilbirnie Park. There’s a fun run/walk where you can aim for a speed PB, or dress up and have a bit of fun with your mates. The Buggy Walk is for families with little ones who haven’t quite mastered the art of walking or running, and the Active Families race where kids under 12 can ride push scooters alongside their adult supervisors. There really is something for everyone!
You get to run in the middle of the road! It may seem silly but it’s a bit of a novelty being able to run in the middle or a normally very busy stretch of road. You can run, skip or walk down the centre line and enjoy the Wellington scenery without fear of traffic or other hazards.
The finishers festival is a feast of live music, dance displays, Wellington’s top food trucks, massage and recovery tents, and family fun zones for the kids which add to the atmosphere of the event. It’s the perfect way to spend the rest of your morning soaking up the sun and enjoying the vibes of the event.
SO what are you waiting for? Register now and #getinvolved!