Round The Bays 2016

Yes­ter­day I ran at a run­ning event called Round the Bays. Accord­ing to their web­site, it is one of the world’s largest fun runs and New Zealand’s largest mass par­tic­i­pa­tion sport­ing event. It is a 8.4km walk / jog / run from the city along the water­front to St Heliers Bay, one of the rich sub­urbs.

My employ­er paid the par­tic­i­pa­tion fee and gave a nice bright orange tee shirt. This is not the only rea­son I ran though. I want­ed to expe­ri­ence how it is like run­ning among thou­sands of peo­ple wear­ing a bib. And I want­ed to see where I stand among some of my super fit cowork­ers.

I did not prac­tice specif­i­cal­ly for this event. I run a 5k every Sun­day. So this is my week­ly run, just in the dif­fer­ent part of the city, with thou­sands of oth­er run­ners.

I ran 8.47 km non-stop in 39:42, my best. I stood at 13 among 187 cowork­ers and 635 over­all among 19,619 par­tic­i­pants. I’m pleased with my time and rank­ing.

Now what? a half-marathon? marathon? Noth­ing. I am not get­ting car­ried away by this result. Keep­ing my week­ly tiny 5 – 8k run­ning rou­tine is impor­tant to me than any grand goals.

The offi­cial result:

Chaitanya's Round The Bays 2016 Scorecard


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