This is a copy of the weekly newsletter from the New Zealand Running sent by email on September 14th 2010 covering events coming up over the next two weekends, regular weekday events, competitions, some build up events for the Auckland Marathon and other bits and bobs.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic on Saturday September 18th. This is a 36K trail run and it sounds awesome! The official website doesn't say entries are closed but it is limited to 300 and the entry page mentions needing to contact the race organisers if you want to enter, so I'm guessing you're out of luck; try again next year :) More information.
The Legend Marathon and Arthur's Half in Auckland on Saturday September 18th. If you're entering this event look out for me running the Marathon in my Running Calendar shirt! I managed to run it in 3:55 last year so am hoping for a similar time but I hear the course changes make it somewhat harder and I haven't done enough training (which is not unsual for me) so I'll see how I go... You can enter right up until registration on Friday 17th. More information.
The Oxford Country Classic near Christchurch on Sunday September 19th. Presumably this is still on despite the Canterbury earthquake; the only information I was able to find out about this event when I added the entry to the calendar was a PDF flyer. If it's still on, there are Half Marathon, 12k and 7K options. Enter on the day. More information.
Pelorus Trust Run and Walk in Petone on Sunday September 19th. There are Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids' 1K options. There's a major spot prize of a trip for 2 to the 2011 Gold Coast Marathon plus 7 nights' accomodation and entry fees. Wow! More information.
Run Kids at Takapuna in Auckland on Sunday Septemeber 19th. This is the second of three events in the Run Kids 2010 Series for 7 to 16 year olds. 7 to 11 year olds run 2K and 12 to 16 years run 4K. More information.
Sri Chinmoy Hagley Park in Christchurch on Sunday September 19th. There are Half Marathon, 10K and Kids' 2.5K options in this multi lap event (3.3K laps around Hagley Park). Enter online by September 17th or on the day with an additional late entry fee. More information. There is a note on the official website that this event is still taking place, despite the Canterbury earthquake.
Waimea Harriers 10K Road Series in Nelson on Saturday September 25th. This is the last of four events in this series for 2010. More information.
City to Surf in Tauranga on Sunday September 27th. This is a popular 12K event; you can still enter online and on the day as well with cash. More information.
The Multisport Marton Harrier Series on Sunday September 27th. There are 2K, 5K and 10K options in this second of three events series. Enter on the day. More information.
The Onehunga Half Marathon in Auckland on Sunday September 27th. There are 5K, 10K, 16K and Half Marathon options in this event. If you enter online before Tuesday next week you will save yourself a $10 late fee. Entries are accepted online until Saturday 26th at 10:00am and you can also enter on the day. More information.
There are a number of weekday running events around the country that repeat every week. Here's a list of them from the running calendar:
The previous competition is for an entry into the 5K or 10K Devonport Classic in Auckland on Sunday October 10th 2010 has now closed; I am waiting for the winner to get back to me before making the announcement who won.
The current competition is for an entry into the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon at Run Mahana near Nelson. This event is on Saturday November 27th 2010, starting and ending at the Woollaston Estates Vineyard. The competition runs until Sunday September 26th 2010 at 11:59pm and the winner will be chosen at random the following day. Enter here.
We also have the following competitions lined up to follow the current one:
Here's some events you might want to consider entering in the lead up to the Auckland Marathon and Half Marathon at the end of October:
Mal Law of 7in7 fame has the chance to win a $10,000 donation for the Leukaemia & Blood Foundation - but only if we all give him our vote at the Pure Futures website. He is currently in 3rd place and it's a Winner Takes All contest so PLEASE give him a helping hand by a) voting for him and b) asking all your friends to do likewise.
Have a great running week. If you are running or walking any of the events this weekend I wish you the very best. As mentioned above, I'll be running The Legend Marathon on Sunday; if you are running it or Arthur's Half keep a look out for me wearing my Running Calendar shirt.