First Striders event begins tomorrow
Popular summer event takes first stepsJONO GALUSZKA
One of Palmerston North's biggest summer events is set to take its first step of the year.
The Manawatu Striders Super Sevens fun run and walk series starts tomorrow night, when more than 1500 people line up for seven weeks of exercise.
For the next seven Tuesdays, people will take part in a 7 kilometre run, starting at Ongley Park and making its way through the Esplanade and along the Bridle Track.
Manawatu Striders president Kevin Palmer said about 300 people used to run each time, but numbers had swelled to as many as 1800.
The success was down to having a well-run event, the time of year and the distance of the course, he said.
''We've had someone from Melbourne call up, because they heard about it and want to try do something there.
''There is also not too much on at this time of the year, and it's a few weeks before school goes back so the kids get involved.
''The distance is good as well - 5 kilometres may be too short while any more would be too much.''
Those who do find 7km too much can take the option of a 3km course though.
Mr Palmer said the event helped attract more members for the running club, which was planning a new event for later in the year.
Called ''Ashhurst 2 Esplanade'', the course would run from the Ashhurst Domain to the Esplanade, utilising the track being built between the two spaces, he said.
The first Super Sevens race starts at 6.15pm. Registration takes place before the event at the YMCA building at Ongley Park.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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