Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Run

On Sunday, I thought it would be a great idea to go for a run around the coast in Auckland City. I thought I would run for about 8km or so. Little did I know, that when I started out I would be joined by 69 999 of my closest friends...

The Round the Bays Run is billed as one of the biggest fun runs in the world. It is at the end of summer here and thankfully the sun stayed away, although the humdity did not!

Below is the run as I saw it.... Helpful if you are thinking of flying down here to take part, don't you think? Notice that almost everyone is wearing a t-shirt with their company's logo on it. Most companies in Auckland enter their employees and put on a BBQ after. I had three choices for companies and chose my sibling's company, Tegal Chicken. Good BBQ you see?

So here I am starting out, the crowd is getting thick. It took me 20 minutes to get to the start line!



Here's the start line. Everyone is going forward, except for the guy in blue... Where is he going? If you click on the photo and get a closer look you can see the Prime Minister of New Zealand's legs. She is standing in a cherry picker behind the left hand side of the start sign...



So here I am coming over the top of the first hill to be confronted with all this humanity. Wouldn't want to be claustraphobic!



More of the same here.



Just when you are in the throws of exercising, a tempting, most definitely not exercise related, sight comes before your eyes!



No Ronald, leave me alone! I am exercising!



On the other side of the bay, streams of people, like ants....



Click on this panorama to get a better look of the ants! (Up on the hill you can see the most expensive house in New Zealand...)



Finally, the finish line! I can't tell you what my time was, but it was pretty good... Better than any snail!



Ah, nothing like a chicken BBQ served by a woman with a big flower in her hair!



San Nakji for President!

8 comments:

The Archivist said...

I want to get a digital camera and take photos of my fun run now!

rubyslipperlady said...

Chicken looks tastey. Time for lunch!

Oricon Ailin said...

Awesome!!! I wish I could participate in runs...my legs won't allow it.

Sure looks like you had a great time. Did you stop off at the McD's for a cheeseburger?

Yummmmmm...BBQ chicken...looks good...I'm hungry now. hehehe

Thanks for sharing your adventure. I wish I could have been there to cheer you on!

Friar Tuck said...

want pictures of San Nakji!!!

Tim Rice said...

Sounds like quite a run! And a great meal afterwards.

Ashley said...

I can't deal with participating in fun runs/ races. Too crowded!!!

Crystal said...

If you think this race is BIG you should see the Chicago Marathon! It's great that you got out to enjoy the weather, we've been having cold frigid days here and I don't get out much.

black feline said...

where were U? any clues? By the way, it's my ritual to participate in the Terry Fox Run as well as the Standard Chartered Marathon...If i do not train enuff...will always do just the 10 clicks....love running :)