Top five things to do this weekend

Run a half marathon, watch the league

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 10:18 16/05/2014
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HUNTLY HALF

Feel like running 21 kilometres? Good, because there are about three thousands others who feel the same. The Huntly Half Marathon is on this Sunday, and I believe it is one of the biggest half marathons events in New Zealand.

I'm pretty sure my sister-in-law and I talked about doing this. Like most of our grand exercise plans, it hasn't happened. Next year... definitely next year.

The race venue, the Huntly Domain, opens at 9am and prizegiving is at 1.30pm. There are several categories; half marathon run, , Run kids 2km, 10km and 5km. Haven't entered yet? Don't worry, you can enter up until 15 minutes before the race begins. Be sure to smile - a Waikato Times photographer will be out and about. 

 COMMUNITY OPEN DAY

The University of Waikato is hosting a community day on Saturday, as part of their 50 years celebrations. A lot of hard work has gone into organising this free event, and there are a bunch of activities on offer like free tethered balloon rides, live music from locals bands, food and free creche facilities for children under five. There's a lot more to experience, so head over to the campus between 11am-4pm.

PASIFIKA BY NATURE

Dreary ol' winter is digging its chilly claws in so its understandable if you're looking for something to brighten up your weekend. And as it just so happens, there's a festival promising colour and culture this Saturday at Claudelands Arena.

About 600 secondary school students from 14 Waikato and Bay of Plenty will be performing at the Pasifika festival from 1pm. This year's theme is 'taking it back to old school'.

WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE EXPO

It's officially all about the ladies this weekend - more than usual, that is. The Women's Lifestyle Expo is being held at Claudelands Arena over two days. Tickets are $10 and children under 15 are free, 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The expo boasts everything from jewellery and beauty to business products & information, crafts, fitness, food & wine sampling. 

BULLDOGS V WARRIORS

I dare say Waikato's rugby league fans are pumped for Sunday's game at Waikato Stadium. The Bulldogs will take on the New Zealand Warriors at 4pm. Tickets are available from Ticketek. Even if you're not a die-hard fan, the atmosphere will surely make up for it. 

ONE MORE THING

Waikato Wardolf School is hosting a medieval carnival on Sunday, 10am - 3pm. Oh, and don't forget about the Tamehere Country Market on Saturday. 

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If you know of an event or gig happening in the Waikato, email stacey.oliver@fairfaxmedia.co.nz with the details before that week's top five is published.

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