Sunday, March 13, 2011

weekend reflections: Round the Bays Run

Do click on the photos to get a better picture.

Reflection of runners at Kelly Tarton under water world.

The waterfront was a winding 8.4km dragon.

The start of the race was like a stampede.

One hour forty minutes later, I finished at last, you can't imagine the satisfaction. All in all, I had done this Fun Run 3 times. 30 years ago, I ran twice. At that time, it was 11.5 km. Of course, I was much younger then.


Today I joined 70,000 Aucklanders as we ran/walk/ or walk and ran (me) the 8.4 km along the picturesque waterfront Tamaki Drive in our annual Round the Bays fun run for charity.

I was pretty proud of myself, all in all I walked/ran 11.6 km for the following recipients.

Two children's dialysis units for the new dedicated Paediatric Haemo-Dialysis Unit at Starship, which is being built to ensure children always have preference for dialysis units.

Kidney Kids currently looks after 1,353 children nationally and is the only renal organisation in NZ dedicated to caring for children with kidney and urinary tract diseases.

Visit www.kidneykids.org.nz for more information on this organisation.
Koru Care

Funding for two children to go to Disneyland in October 2011 as part of the Koru Care programme which aims to make dreams come true for seriously ill, disabled and severely disadvantaged children.

For more information on Koru Care, visit www.korucare.co.nz.
Waitemata Harbour Clean-Up Trust

Formed in 2002, the Waitemata Harbour Clean-Up Trust is a charitable organisation that oversees the removal of litter from Auckland's Waitemata Harbour and inner gulf islands, and promotes the concept of clean, clear rubbish-free waterways.

Waitemata Harbour Clean-Up Trust

The staff scoops up a wide variety of rubbish from the Waitemata Harbour including plastic wrap and tyres. Kayaks or a flat-bottomed punt are used to clean along the shoreline and beaches as well as in estuaries.

This can be a reflection post on how we can collectively help others. There were old people, parents pushing strollers, children in scooters. We all motivated each other to finish the course.


Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

Kathy said...

Good for you. A great accomplishment!

Regina said...

Wonderful and fun.

Have a great new week.

MadSnapper said...

70,000 people running. wow. you did good

rainfield61 said...

What a number you have if pronounce in Cantonese.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I am so proud of you, Ann... AND--such a worthy cause... You are the picture of good health.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Oh, so wonderful of you to be in this race, good job!!! And these charities are so very good!! Do people get others to sponser them, is that how it works? Oh, so many people jammed together at the beginning, you are right, it looks like a winding dragon!