On Saturday 15th September 2012 over 900 people will gather in West Auckland to take part in a legendary run and walk event honouring the late Arthur Lydiard. Lydiard pioneered the jogging movement in the 60s and led some of New Zealand's greatest athletes to Olympic glory.
The Legend event takes participants over the roads that athletes such as Sir Peter Snell and Sir Murray Helberg used to train on in their preparation for their Olympic Games triumphs.
Among the starters at the event will be Ingrid Frost who will be notching up her 150th marathon.
It has taken just 12 years to reach this milestone, her first marathon being in Auckland in October 2000. This will be Frost's fifth Legend Marathon in a row, one she loves for many reasons and explains with a smile,
"To run over Arthurs training course is great - sorts out the men from the boys
"Also, the team behind the event are such pro's at their job, they treat us like people and we are not just a number.
And finally, it attracts quite a few of my YMCA club runners and why not it's in our back yard!"
With event options from a 5km walk to the full marathon, the event attracts runners and walkers from around the country, all keen to participate in a fun day out.
This event is organised by the Legend Charitable Trust who have added a Schools Program to the event for the first time this year. Event founder Ian Winson explains,
"The Lydiard Cup is a new concept designed to encourage the youth of New Zealand to experience the benefit of daily exercise through a school team environment culminating in an official event.
Of great importance to the Trust is to reach out to every student to 'give it a go' hence an award to school that has the biggest participation numbers as well as merit prizes."
For more information or to enter visit www.thelegend.co.nz (online entries close Thursday 13th September 2012 at 3pm).
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