Media release - Round the Bays, you can't beat it on a good day!
19 February 2019
Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019 marked another year that Sport Wellington ran an event that not only brought in participants from all around the country and overseas, but also saw sunshine, music, and a sense of collective achievement as people ran, walked and wheeled their way over the finish line.
Since its inception in 1979 with just under 4,000 participants, Round the Bays has grown from strength to strength over the last 40 years with 2019 having 12,700 participants. Team entries by corporates, schools and clubs helped to boost the numbers with the largest teams, like Xero, Cigna, Kordia Wellington and Les Mills all having 100+ participants.
Over 300 participants from the Sport Wellington Green Prescription programmes took another step towards their goals by taking on the 6.5km Active Families run/walk. Green Prescription supports individuals and whānau to get active, improve nutrition, and empower a sustainable healthy lifestyle change. Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Sega Elise walked with some of the families and received comments such as, “We beat our time from last year by 10 minutes, so I’m really stoked”. “The atmosphere was awesome, everyone had smiles on their faces”. “I’m so proud of my family for completing RTB”.
There was plenty of fun on-course, with Kio Bay being a notable highlight for many participants. With local band, Southbound Again playing upbeat music at the 4km mark, the music and being sprayed by hoses were welcomed by most as the beautiful Wellington day heated up.
Globelet reusable cups made their Round the Bays debut at the water/isotonic stations on the course, helping to massively reduce single-use waste. John Grieve, Event Director, Sport Wellington, said that the public response had been positive. “Many participants commented on the green mindset that drove Round the Bays and seeing the public actively use the Globelet cups reinforced our goal to host an event that gives the public encouragement towards an active lifestyle whilst being conscious of the environment.
Round the Bays was the first large running event that Globelet has provided cups for, so it was great that the initiative was so well received, and we didn’t lose too many cups!”
For the 2019 Official Event Charity, Kaibosh Food Rescue, the money raised through Round the Bays has meant 17,451 meals can be provided! It has also enabled a connection to be made with RTB sponsor MediaWorks and resulted in a new partnership between Kaibosh and the MediaWorks Foundation.
Sport Wellington prides itself on delivering an event that has reduced barriers, ensuring a wide range of the community can participate. Having a low entry fee, a range of distances, and providing a festival atmosphere at Frank Kitts Park and Kilbirnie Park, Round the Bays encourages people to take part in active recreation whilst celebrating their achievements. As one of the Green Prescription participants said, “It was RTB was worth getting up early for!”
The event is mainly about participation, but tor the competitive runners, here are the 2018/2019 race time comparisons:
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