Hamilton New Zealand

Round The Bridges

Location: Garden Place, Hamilton CBD

Dates: Sunday 13th November 2016

Round The Bridges is a popular, family friendly, charity fun-run around the bridges and banks of Hamiltons Waikato River. Each year around 4000 participants compete along the 12km race. The original competitive element is still present with top athletes competing in the road race, but in recent years the event has opened up to become a whole family event.

In recent years shorter distances were added to appeal to recreational and social joggers and those of less ability like wheelchair athletes, walkers and children. The new distances are 6km and 2km, with the 6km race having roughly the same amount of entrants as the longer one.

Video of last years Round The Bridges event

This year the event's official name is the "New Zealand Home Loans Round the Bridges" after the naming sponsor. The event is actually the longest running of any New Zealand contest, held annually since 1945. New Zealands great runners have competed and won the event over the years, and these include Barry Magee, John Davies and Peter Snell.

But even if you aren't an elite athlete, all entrants are welcome. All shapes and sizes participate from dogs, to fancy dressed bunnies and super heros. Corporate teams are a big component, and the race is similar to the Round The Bays fun run held in Auckland. While the Auckland race might be the biggest, the Hamilton race is the longest running.

Along the route there will be stations where 8 musicians and bands will entertain the runners mid-jog. Called Hotspots, this is a new fixture to the event. Each band will have their own hotspot, and entrants get to vote for their favourite band at the end. The event has a fun festival-like atmosphere, with the start/finish line at Civic Square/Garden Place a place of celebration with music, food and kids activities. Don't miss the Round The Bridges 2014!

You can visit the official website here

You can also enter the race here

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