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If you ever wanted to run over the Auckland harbour bridge then the annual Marathon in Auckland is your opportunity to do just that.
New Zealand's premier road race, the full marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon and the 5km walk attracts thousands of enthusiastic participants.
First held in June 1936 along the shore line, the marathon became an annual event in the 1960s.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge crossing was included later in October 1992, adding a tiring climb of 33 metres to the highest point for the competitors.
Starting from King Edward Parade in the seaside suburb of
on the North Shore, the full and half marathon competitors follow the route through Takapuna and Northcote, cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and then head towards the finish line at Victoria Park.
Marathon Finish Line in Victoria Park
This is where the half marathon runners complete their race but for those competitors in the full marathon the route continues east through the Viaduct Harbour, along Tamaki drive to the turn-around point at Saint Heliers Bay and then returns along Tamaki drive to the finish point in Victoria Park.
After the event everyone gets together for the 'Party in the Park' to celebrate their achievements with fantastic live music and great entertainment.
Held in October, or early November each year, the next event will be Sunday 1 November 2009, so get yourself along and join in.
Whether taking part or spectating you're sure to have a memorable day.
For more information check out the official
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