Fine day for the ASB Summer Starter

It was Kieran Blatch's idea for the family to dress as The Simpsons in last year's Summer Starter. This year they will ...
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It was Kieran Blatch's idea for the family to dress as The Simpsons in last year's Summer Starter. This year they will be characters from Inside Out.

Gusty nor'westers are forecast for the thousands taking part in the annual ASB Summer Starter seaside fun run and walk.

Many entrants will bring family members along, including dogs, and costumes have been encouraged.

Embracing the opportunity are the Blatch family who will be dressed as their favourite characters from Pixar's Inside Out.

ASB will give $1000 to the best-dressed "Team Yellow" family.
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ASB will give $1000 to the best-dressed "Team Yellow" family.

Last year, mum Annelyse Blatch said her family dressed as The Simpsons.

A high of 19 degrees Celsius was expected but with the risk of a few showers in the afternoon.

Hoping to keep with summer would be the swarms of yellow expected on the day. ASB had nominated its own "Team Yellow" ambassadors, and $1000 was to be given to the best-dressed team yellow family.

Dogs are welcomed back onto the 10km course this year. Kevin the Doberman pup, complete with tutu, took part in last ...
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Dogs are welcomed back onto the 10km course this year. Kevin the Doberman pup, complete with tutu, took part in last year's Summer Starter.

More than 50 volunteers will hand out 15,000 biodegradable cups and 5000 bottles of water to keep participants hydrated.

That included the more than 200 dogs expected across both tracks after the 10km course was reopened to man's best friend this year.

The 10km course begins at New Brighton Pier at 9am. Those doing the 4km distance will start at Ti Rakau Reserve from 9.45am.

Both distances cross the finish line at Redcliffs Park.

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Shuttles are operating between 7.30am and 1.30pm from McCormacks Bay Reserve to the 10km and 4km start lines.

Afterwards, participants can be taken from outside Redcliffs School back to the 10km and 4km start lines between 10am and 1.30pm.

Free yellow merchandise will be given out to encourage runners and their dogs to dress in, and run for, team yellow.

Spot prizes will be given out, including Bluetooth headphones plus a $1,000 travel voucher for the best dressed Team Yellow family.

 - Stuff

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