Welcome to New Zealand's Biggest Running Series!
The Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series is a 5km and 10km run and walk series with a 2km kids' dash, based at the stunning Albany Lakes Civic Park on Auckland's North Shore.
The races take place over three summer Sundays; one in January, one in February and rounded off with a Grand Finale at the beginning of March. It's a fantastic way to get up, get out and get healthy during the summer months and our events attract fast runners, slow walkers and everyone else in between. If you enjoy making the most of the summer in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere - this is the event for you.
Over $10,000 of Spot & Merit Prizes!
Once again we will have some phenomenal giveaways, both spot prizes and merit prizes. Westfield Albany vouchers, Skechers shoes, vouchers for 2XU clothing or dinner at The Merchant and, of course, our signature spot prizes of a BBQ and a big screen TV to be given away at every race. Merit prizes this year include beautiful crystal glass trophies for overall winners of the 5km and 10km series as well as age group trophies for the 10km run series and the 2km kids dash!
Three Years of Amazing Growth
2014 will be our fourth series and phenomenal 40% year-on-year growth means "The Lakes" is now New Zealand's biggest running series with an average of almost 900 finishers per race in 2013! That's 50% more than the nearest race series. Such growth in an increasingly crowded events calendar does not come easily. The Lakes has grown because our participants become our ambassadors. They enjoy a great event experience with us and then they tell their mates about it. There is no more effective advertising than a personal referral and we're delighted so many of you have brought friends and family along to share your lakes experience.
Series Pass, Serious Value
Over 90% of our participants opt for a Series Pass. Not only does that secure your entry for all three events, but it includes a fantastic race pack comprising an event t-shirt, aluminium drink bottle and nylon drawstring bag. It also means you only need to register once as you then keep your race number and timing tag for all three events. Enter early to secure the cheapest possible series pass and your choice of tshirt size. Entries for all events open on October 1, 2013.
Finishing In Style
Every runner knows you have to save the best for last and finish with style. That's exactly what we do with our Grand Finale, the third and final race in the series which takes place on March 2, 2014. Our Grand Finale features a special course which takes in the hallowed playing surface of North Harbour Stadium. Follow in the footsteps of the greats as you run around the same paddock as All Black legends. As if that isn't enough, the Grand Finale includes New Zealand's only run course through a shopping mall! New Zealand's premier shopping mall, Westfield Albany, opens its doors especially for us for a short but memorable section of the course. And to round it all off in real style ... every finisher in our Grand Finale receives a special commemorative finisher medal (yes, kids, you get one too!).
Has that whet your appetite? Have you looked out of your window and noticed that summer is on the way? It's time to dust off the trainers, kick start the training and we'll see you at Albany Lakes Civic Park at 8am sharp on 19 January 2014 for Race 1. Let's get those New Year's resolutions ticked off!