Special thanks to all our runners, walkers and dashers for making the 2013 series the biggest and best yet. Our Grand Finale had well over 1100 entrants - unbelievable! You can view all of your results and series points on the results tab above. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the lakes for the fourth Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series in 2014. Watch this space for updated information in September/October. In the meantime, you can block our your 2014 diary for January 19th, February 9th and March 2nd.
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.
The 2012 series - our second - was an overwhelming success, with a 40% increase in participation over 2011. This culminated in a sell-out 820 strong field for our Grand Finale. Held on a stunning sunny day in March, it featured a unique course including a circuit of the hallowed playing surface at North Harbour Stadium and NZ's only running section through a shopping mall! That final race also saw an all-time record 150 future Olympians taking on the 2km dash. The series was sent off in style with a standing-room-only prize giving at The Merchant Bar and Kitchen.
Tees for kids too
Not that we are resting on our laurels. The 2013 series will include many new and improved features. It's always been our prime aim to get kids involved in sport, and participation in our Kristin 2km Kids' Dash has increased almost five-fold since the first race. This year, we're decking the kids out like the adults, with all kids on a series pass now receiving their own dry-fit t-shirt.
Running Events goes 100% non-profit
In addition to the official race t-shirt and a commemorative nylon drawstring bag, every Series Pass entrant this year will also get an aluminium drink bottle which features our partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi. For 2013, Running Events have committed all profits from our events towards sending 1,000 kids from lower decile schools on a fantastic day trip to the unique island wildlife sanctuary, Tiritiri Matangi.
Get Active Smart and save
This year we also have a new partnership with ACC, who will sponsor each adult Series Pass to the tune of $5, provided you take advantage of their FREE Active Smart online training site. And why wouldn't you?
Enter a few details such as your current fitness level and intended race distance and this cyber-smartie will design a tailored training program to get you to the start line at Albany Lakes, not only fit, but healthy and ready to race 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 20 January 2013 for Race 1. Let's get those New Year's resolutions ticked off!