AUCKLAND, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The postponed ASB Auckland Marathon will start on January 23 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
New Zealand's first marathon of the year, which was postponed from its original date in October 2021, will witness over 8,000 participants.
It will once again offer participants the chance to run or walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and take in the best views of the city - an experience that has been an integral part of the event since its 1992 inception.
The participants in the ASB Marathon, Barfoot & Thompson Half Marathon and John West 11km Traverse will all make their way from their respective North Shore start lines, along the Busway from Smales Farm Bus Station, across the iconic Harbour Bridge and to the finish in Victoria Park.
Amy MacCormack, Regional Director for the race organizer The IRONMAN Group Oceania, said everyone is excited to get an event underway after a COVID-19 impacted 2021.
"The ASB Auckland Marathon team couldn't be happier to finally deliver a major event here in New Zealand, an occasion that will be made extra special by the 30th-anniversary celebrations of this iconic and much-loved event," said MacCormack.
Some athletes participating in the ASB Auckland Marathon have an added incentive on race day, motivated by their work as Charity Superstars, training and raising money and awareness for nine official charities aligned with the event.
New Zealand is currently using the COVID-19 Protection Framework or the traffic lights framework. Northland in the North Island is at red settings. The rest of the country, including the largest city Auckland and capital city Wellington, is at orange settings.
Under this framework, the ASB Auckland Marathon is a My Vaccine Pass mandated event and organizers have implemented several COVID Safe measures including COVID Tracer App QR codes and hand sanitizers stationed at all major entrances and exits of the event.