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The Surf to Stadium event in Dunedin went ahead today with about 1500 people taking part including many children.
As large gatherings around New Zealand were called off due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, Surf to Stadium organiser Michael Smith from Sport Otago said the decision was made to go ahead.
And cooler temperatures did not stop spectators from cheering on the sideline as participants ran 10km from St Clair Beach to the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Superheroes The Flash, Batman and Captain America were also spotted taking part in the event, as some people ditched traditional running attire for costumes.
‘‘It has been a really well supported day,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘Its great to still be able to do an event like this with everything that is going on.’’
Mr Smith had expected a ban on events with more than 500 people would be put in place by the Government and speculated that could be as early as Monday, but the Surf to Stadium had in before that.
He said the day was a success and thanked all involved in the community event.
Last year more about 1300 people took part in the event, at which people can either run or walk 10km or 4km courses.