More than 30,000 runners are set to hit the pavement this Sunday March 8th, in Auckland’s annual Round The Bays fun run.

Back in 1972, the Auckland Joggers Club organised an 8.4 kilometre running event that set off at Auckland Harbour, and followed Auckland’s shore line to finish up at St Helier’s Bay. 1200 people entered, and the Auckland Round The Bays fun run was born.

Today the event is organised by Fairfax Media, and is now officially known as Ports Of Auckland Around The Bays. The charity run raises money for more than 130 local charities, with participants running to raise money for the charity of their choice. It has become an event that celebrates health, well being and friendly rivalries with about 70 per cent of participants belonging to corporate teams.

It’s good to foster healthy workplace competition, and an event like Round the Bays ticked all the staff engagement boxes” Farifax Media national events manager, Denis Armstrong said.

Auckland City Council has got on board with the event, and roads will be closed to vehicles during the race, making it a pretty unique experience. And this year, some local musicians have also got on board, with the gorgeous and talented Anika Moa and Hollie Smith; and the boys from Sola Rosa, performing at The Finish Zone.

The participants have already exceeded their initial target of $100,000 – with funds raised currently sitting at $125,028.72.

Last year’s race was taken out, for the second time, by Jono Jackson – in 25 minutes and 56 seconds. The first female runner at the Finish Zone last year was Liza Robinson, who completed the run in 28 minutes and 38 seconds.

It’s going to be a fun-filled, action packed day – and it’s not too late to sign up! Registrations are open until Midday, Saturday March 7th at www.roundthebays.co.nz

For those of you who are already signed up and set to run on Sunday, make sure you have the right running shoes. The purpose of a running shoe is to protect the foot and achieve maximum potential while running. Running shoes usually have a slightly larger toe box to accommodate the increased pressure on the mid foot during the running stride. And they should also have a slight heel raise to reduce stress on the lower leg and increase ankle stability. Greater shock absorption and good archh support are also an important feature of a good running shoe.

If you need any advice, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists in Auckland. We have Healthy Steps Podiatry clinics all over the greater Auckland area, and we’ll be able to asses your running stride and give the right advice on what kind of running shoes would best suit you.

And if the worse happens, and you injure yourself on Sunday – we have sports podiatrists at Healthy Steps Podiatry who specialise in running injuries , and they’ll be able to provide the right treatment to get you back on your feet.