City2Surf fun run going back to the future

The 2022 Les Mills City2Surf, scheduled for March 20, will start at Cathedral Square and end at...
The 2022 Les Mills City2Surf, scheduled for March 20, will start at Cathedral Square and end at Rawhiti Domain. Photo: Star Media
City2Surf veterans will remember crossing the finish line at New Brighton beach - and now the route is a step closer to the fun run’s original concept.

For the first time since the 2011 earthquake, a coastal component returns to the popular exercise for dedicated athletes, casual runners, corporate teams and school groups.

In a tilt to history, the 2022 Les Mills-branded edition, scheduled for March 20, will start at Cathedral Square and end at Rawhiti Domain, turning the tide after Ferrymead was the quake-related end point.

The fun run, which is expected to attract 12,000 entrants, debuted in 1974 and for the first four years it finished on the sand before reverting to a fitting athletic destination, QE II Park.

“It’s a huge deal for our team as we have wanted to return this event to its pre-quakes course for a while now,” said City2Surf manager Jon Holmes.

“This will be a great opportunity to bring people to the east of the city and to generate a great buzz.”

There is also a modern twist for participants tackling the 12km classic route or shorter 6km distance with chip timing.

Chip timing means everyone will receive an official finishing time, a welcome technological advance for elite athletes.

“It’s great to give some of New Zealand’s best runners a chance to come and compete in this iconic event. Hopefully one day it will be the race that everyone want to win,” Holmes said.

Unlike previous editions, there will no entries available on the day due to the requirement to track each entrant and ensure a safe event is carried out as Covid-19 lingers.

Entries are available online from December 1 and cost $35 for an adult (12+ years), $20 for children (aged 5-11). Infants (0-4) are free.

For more information, a course map and to secure your entry, visit www.city2surf.co.nz


 

 

 

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