Runners, walkers put best foot forward for series
One of Palmerston North's biggest summer events is set to take its first step of the year today. The Manawatu Striders Super Sevens fun run and walk series starts tonight.
For the next seven Tuesdays, people will either run or walk the 7-kilometre route, 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 take part each time, but numbers had swelled to as many as 1800 in previous years.
The success was down to having a well-run event, the time of year and the distance of the course.
"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."
Those who find 7km too much had the option of a 3km course, he said.
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, using 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.
People can also join Manawatu Striders and get discounts for future events, such as Ashhurst 2 Esplanade.