New Zealand’s Stroke & Stride Series
The sprawling Auckland metropolitan area, situated on the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous city of the country. Auckland is one of the few cities in the world that has harbors on two separate bodies of water – the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The citizens of Auckland have a great love for water sports, with thousands of yachts and boats lining the harbors.
New Zealand’s very popular Stroke & Stride Series, which is held in Auckland, is entering its 19th season starting 7 November 2007. This eight event swim/run series is held each summer and encourages participants to enjoy regular healthy outdoor exercise throughout the summer months while enjoying the city’s outstanding beaches.
The annual Stroke & Stride Series attracts thousands of local residents as well as visitors, with many returning year after year to enjoy this energizing series, often motivating young ones to discover the benefits of physical exercise. Each event starts off with a swim in the sea either at Mission Bay or St. Heliers Bay, followed by a road run along Auckland’s magnificent waterfront. All events have been designed to allow participation by athletes of varying capabilities while offering a competitive environment for the top athletes. More than $35,000 in prize money is up for grabs as well as great prizes including wetsuits, watches, sports shoes and bikes.
The winner of the Reesby & Company Grand Prix is selected by means of totaling the points which are awarded at the finish of each race in the series, with monetary prizes going to the eight highest totals. The Youthtown Junior Division winners are also decided on an accumulation of points, with monetary prizes going to the top four scorers.
The Footworks Seniors Tour is awarded to the first fifteen male and female finishers aged 40 and over on an accumulation of points and the top four win prizes. The Age Group Grand Prix awards points within specified age groups with accumulated points determining the winners.
The Stroke & Stride Series is keenly anticipated by participants and is always hugely successful, with the end of season party and prize-giving enjoyed by all. If you are an earnest keep fit fan, don’t miss the Stroke & Stride Series in Auckland, New Zealand.