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Unitec Run & Walk event to hit the North Shore

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Friday 10 August 2012

Get active with the family – and get marathon-ready

Unitec Run & Walk event to hit the North Shore

Fire up your winter (and spring) with the Unitec Run & Walk Events Series when it hits Devonport’s Narrow Neck Beach on Sunday 19 August.

It’s the official lead-up series to the adidas Auckland Marathon in October – but it’s open to runners and walkers of all fitness levels, from age seven. Participants don’t have to be entering the marathon – but it’s great preparation if they are.

With two events down, the remaining three events in the annual July to September series will each be held in a different part of Auckland. There are challenges suitable for every level:

• Runners who’ve entered the full marathon at the adidas Auckland Marathon on October 28 have had an opportunity to gradually build to a 32 km run over the five-part series.
• Those aiming for the half-marathon, quarter-marathon and 5 km challenge can choose distances to suit, from 2 km building up to 24 km, and put into practice running fundamentals, such as pacing, hydration and nutrition.
• And families can get out with some healthy activity with the kids, to get them psyched up for the 2.1 km kids marathon in October.

Staff and senior students from event sponsor Unitec’s health sciences and sport departments are sharing free running advice. The event website, www.runwalk.co.nz, features guidance on issues such as training, motivation, pacing and recovery, from experts in fields from sports psychology and physiotherapy to sports performance. There will also be free sport recovery treatment available from Unitec’s osteopathy students (to find out more go to osteopathy at Unitec).

For more information, or to register in advance, visit www.runwalk.co.nz
The schedule of events is:
• August 19, at Narrow Neck, near Devonport.
• September 9, at Trusts Stadium, Henderson.
• September 30, at Barry Curtis Park, Botany.


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