8 Types of fun runners at Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
THE WORK GROUP
The captain of the social club has been plugging this event for months, with all-staff emails about people signing up dangerously last minute. They've had matching t-shirts made, emblazoned with the company's branding and hot off the press from a logo shop. The idea was for the team to run together but everyone's splinted off into their work-wife pairs and smaller teams. These people can be seen licking their lips in anticipation for the sausage and beer they've been promised waiting at Madills Farm.
THE 'WE'RE BONDING' FAMILY
In a desperate attempt for a 'nice family outing', mum signed everyone up. The day's finally here and Dad's just revealed he doesn't own any running gear so has to wear his stained, round-the-house trackies. The teenagers are sulking and refuse to stand with the rest of the family at the starting line, sending snapchats titled 'can't wait for the free brunch'. Mum's now biting back tears, pleading for just one quick family photo.
THE ACTUAL RUNNER
This person is a real proper runner, and usually wouldn't waste their breath on a cute 5K-er, but their mates are doing it for a bit of a laugh. They knows they could actually be doing the half marathon instead, but doesn't want to miss out on banter.
Donned in head-to-toe in the latest gear, these peeps are here for one reason, and one reason only - a #fitspo gram. With regular F45 and Les Mills Pump classes, they're no stranger to getting a sweat on, but the only medal they're interested in today is a medal for the perfect candid snap.
THE 'I'M HERE FOR THE DRESS UP'
Not afraid to wear the most impractical of getups. From a tutu, onesie, and superhero cape to animal costume, there’s always someone willing to risk a little bit of chafing all for a good time.
THE MUMCLUB WITH PRAMS AND TODDLER SIDECARS
On one hand, they're the unsung heroes of the race - Do-It-All Super Mums nailing exercise, socialising and child rearing duties all at the same time. On the other hand, they can be a tiny bit of a pain in the ass when the Real Runners have to try and weave through their double-buggies and swerve around the snivelly older siblings gripping on to the pram handles.
THE GIVEALITTLE GOOD SORTS
Sporting bright tutus, wigs and superhero capes, these are the telltale hallmarks of charity runners. Yes, their running style might be more "slow, chatty amble" than Usain Bolt, and yes, you might have to dart round their fairy wings and jangly buckets of coins - but they're raising bucks for really good stuff, so suck it up.
THE ABSOLUTE CHILLER
If your there for your personal best time, stay clear of these people - they will take a wee while to finish 8.4km. They are surrounded by their friends, catching up and have no care in the world. With entertainment based every 600m in the course, these people will be cruising all the way to the end - enjoying every moment of it. They need their own sign saying “Slow moving vehicle ahead, expect delays”.