Get your walking and running shoes on: Hamilton’s most iconic fun run and walk returns to the city on Sunday, November 13.
Showcasing the scenic river walkways and historic Hamilton bridges, Round the Bridges is expected to attract more than 5500 participants.
Now in its 72nd year, the annual fun run has come a long way since its establishment in 1945; progressing from a road race for the elite, to the community event which thousands of runners and walkers enjoy today.
When planning this year’s event, ensuring that it remained accessible to all members of the community was an important factor for the U Leisure Event Team.
“What makes Round the Bridges so incredible is that the whole community gets involved,” explains event manager, Amanda Till.
“It’s all about creating something special that everyone can enjoy.
“Seeing so many schools, businesses, families and friends turning up to run year in, year out is a great feeling. You can’t beat the atmosphere on event day.”
Adding to the community feel, Round the Bridges will once again place fundraising at the heart of the event; providing participants with the opportunity to support and raise money for local New Zealand charities.
“Last year we piloted the fundraising programme, and with a combination of active fundraisers and donations made during the online registration process, raised nearly $40,000 for charity,” says Amanda.
“This year we’re looking to exceed last year’s feat, and have set a new fundraising goal of $75,000.”
Although the new target is almost double that of last year’s efforts, organisers believe that if enough participants get behind the initiative, there is no reason it cannot be reached.
Returning to this year’s event are all the usual favourites, including a finisher’s medal for every participant, on-course and post-event entertainment, and a range of great spot prizes up for grabs.
About Round the Bridges
Established by the Hamilton Harrier Club (Hamilton City Hawks) in 1945, Round the Bridges has become Waikato’s largest annual running event and will be held in the Hamilton CBD on Sunday, November 13. Attracting more than 5500 participants, Round the Bridges will see runners and walkers take on 2km (kids only), 6km and 12km courses. Catering to all ages and abilities, Round the Bridges is an event the entire family can enjoy.