The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays takes place once again in 2020 in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Round the Bays is easily the largest fun run and walk in New Zealand and is closing in on 50 years since it all began. The iconic run takes runners and walkers on a route around the stunning bays of Auckland.

 

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WHEN IS ROUND THE BAYS?

The date for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2020 is Sunday 8 March. The race officially starts at 9:30 am. The views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island are as picture-perfect as they get which is partly why it’s so popular!

HOW LONG IS ROUND THE BAYS?

The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is exactly 8.4 km long. The course starts from Quay St (right next to Spark Arena) with the finish line at St Heliers Bay. The route is almost completely flat making it highly accessible for all who wish to participate.

The winning male time in 2019 was 25 minutes 6 seconds while the best female time was 29 minutes 49 seconds. While those times might be fairly hard to beat, the average time was 1 hour 21 mins and 23 seconds giving you a more casual target to aim for.

 

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WALKING THE BAYS

If running is not your thing, there are plenty of options when it comes to completing the Round the Bays. From the seeded runners through to the walkers and pram pushers – there is a level to suit all abilities and the main thing is to go out and have some fun. It’s a great opportunity to join thousands of others on this cracking route and also maybe raise some money for charity at the same time.

RUN FOR A REASON – RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Whether it’s running for a cause that is close to your own heart or running for a charity who are looking for fundraisers, it’s a great way of raising awareness and letting everyone know you are taking part in the event. Some of the charities that people have donated to in the past include:

  • Child Cancer Foundation
  • Great Potential Foundation
  • Variety – the children’s charity
  • Cancer Society
  • Cure Kids
  • Diabetes NZ
  • Blind Foundation Guide Dogs
  • Heart Kids
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • New Zealand Red Cross
  • The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Starship Foundation
  • SPCA

GETTING TO THE RACE

With nearly 30,000 people expected for the run, planning your day is especially important given the crowds that will be there. Thankfully, the organisers have arranged free event shuttles on the day to make things a little easier.

The shuttles run before and after the event at specific times and locations.

The pre-event shuttles run from 7:00 am – 8:00 am departing from the Parade, Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers taking you to Commerce Street in the city.

If you need a lift back to the city after the run then you can take the free shuttle from Long Drive in St Heliers between 10:30 am and 2:15 pm which is great because it gives you time to relax after your run and enjoy the festivities at the finish line.

 

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A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL

As you can see, the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is a great experience for all. If you happen to be visiting the City of Sails during that time, it’s a fun event to participate in alongside so many of our locals. On top of this, you’ll get a good stretch of the legs and enjoy some of the city’s best views.

Be sure to register for the event on the official website!

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