On March 5, almost twenty thousand people completed the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2017 and I am proud to say that I was one of them, together with my daughter and my cousin.
I’ve done Shore to Shore and the Omaha Classic a couple of times, but it was my first experience with Round the Bays and definitely not my last.
The 8.4-kilometer course started at Downtown Britomart ending at St. Heliers, Mission Bay.
There were a lot of sponsors and the event benefits charities such as The Child Cancer Foundation, Great Potentials Foundation, and The Variety Children’s Charity.
The organisers and the volunteers did a great job this year. It was on time, well organised and the atmosphere was all smiles and laughs.
The vibe was just amazing, walking by the beach with my family for a good cause is something that gives me pride in your efforts. The knowledge that I was benefitting people who need it by doing something simple like walking is heartwarming.
There are obviously a few hitches with the event, but I think those could be easily corrected next year. The organisers provided plenty of water thanks to Watercare, but I think more toilets would be nice considering the number of people participating in the event.
Also, having to walk an extra few hundred meters or so after the event to be with your supporters is not something you will look forward to.
Overall it was a fun experience and I encourage all of you to try it next year.
Gallery: My Round the Bays experience