So, kiddos, it’s time to set some goals for the New Year and no doubt, they’ll include getting fit. If—like us—you need a bit more motivation than the guy at the gym who keeps calling to sign you up to some PT sessions, then these exercise challenges may just be the incentive you need.
Set yourself some fitness goals, and commit to one, (or more!), of these exercise challenges in and around Auckland.
How many times have you committed to doing the Auckland Marathon, only for October to roll around and for you to realise that those evenings spent on the couch were not getting you fit for the Auckland Marathon? Instead of feeling guilty year after year of yet another failed marathon, start training in summer. Once you get into training mode you’ll be on a roll through to the winter months.
Colour me happy baby! The colour run is something that needs to be tried and tested by everyone because it’s ‘the happiest 5k on the planet.’ Even if you don’t find that true, you’re guaranteed to be all smiles and laughter when throwing coloured powder around and rolling on the ground to get some colour on your new Nike gears. The Colour Run 2017 is on the 12th March and begins bright ‘n’ early at 8am. Get all the deets here.
Test your fitness skills at running, swimming or stand-up paddle boarding with the Takapuna and Orewa Beach Series. Held weekly, on Tuesdays, at Takapuna and Thursdays at Orewa, there’s nothing a bit of fresh air and salt in the hair won’t help. The series runs through to the end of March, to sign up, click here.
Kennedy Park Stairs
Work your booty into shape and tone those legs when you hit the Kennedy park stairs (see what we did there?). It ain’t easy, and it never gets easier. But what makes it a little nicer is the crystal clear ocean at the bottom, an epic view of Rangitoto and an even better spot to watch the sunrise. Exercising outside in summer is awesome, so make the most of it.
Tough Guy And Gal Challenge
Do you like getting dirty? Does the thought of being covered in mud sound amazing? Well, if it does, then the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is your calling! The off-road running events will challenge you on a course that will take you through swamp crossings, spider webs, barb wire fences, bush trails, tunnels, hurdles and of course, plenty of mud. The Auckland event is on the 1st and 2nd July, although we recommend you start training for it now. Get more details here.
Sunset Kayak To Rangitoto Island
If you think watching sunsets from land is romantic, try watching a sunset while kayaking to Rangitoto Island. We promise you’ll get extra brownie points. Once you reach Rangitoto Island you’ll embark on a ‘leisurely’ walk to the summit, where you get to watch the sun set over the Waitakere Ranges. You’ll even be treated to a BBQ dinner on the island.
Whether you’re a woman or a man, the Iron Man is sure to be one tough challenge. Swim in the Viaduct Harbour, ride over the Harbour Bridge, and run along Auckland’s waterfront. It’s a challenge all right, but you’ll be proud as punch when you cross that finish line. If you want to ease into it, start with the half Iron Man on the 25th March.
Open Water Ocean Clinics
Train yourself with swimming in the open water in a group training session at the Open Water Ocean Clinics. Choose your skill level, from advanced, to intermediate, or beginners, and hit the sea every Saturday. The venue changes weekly between Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers. There’s nothing like competing against others to put your skills to the test.
The Hillary Trail Runs
Test yourself on the Hillary Trail over the coming months, and train towards the annual Hillary Trail event on Feb 25. The 80km course will take you through the best of Auckland’s West Coast, from Muriwai through to Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Bethells. If you’re not ready for the full 80km trail you can opt for the 34km or 16km course.
Do you consider yourself a bit of an athlete? Perhaps a bit of a triathlete? If so, then sign up to the People’s Triathlon series. There are plenty of programmes to help you get started, from beginners through to 8-week, and 12-week programmes. Get all the info and race dates here.
Cross Harbour Swim
Enrol yourself in some cross-harbour swim series over the summer months. How cool would it be to tell people you’ve swam across Auckland harbour? There are a few different variations, from the bays swim, the Chelsea swim or the Rangitoto swim, and finishing off with a marathon swim. To find out more info on each swim in the series look here.
Round The Bays
Run the bays in the annual Round The Bays event. This year will be the 45th edition of the run, which is to be held on Sunday 5th March. Who knows, you may even find yourself a new running buddy. Although don’t expect to be sprinting towards the finish line, being an Auckland event, you can count on there being a lot of foot traffic as such.
Test yourself against some mad surfer dudes in the Stand Up Paddle Board National event. The championships will take place at Orewa Beach over the 10th – 12th March. Choose from 1km, 4km, and 8km race distances, or the elite offshore 15km race. Keep up to date with registration details here.
Run Auckland Series
If you’re concerned about your exercise interest dropping post summer, then you need to sign yourself up to the Auckland Run Series. Choose from 5km and 10km distances, with a finale race including a half marathon. The run series starts from April and runs through to July— perfect for training for the marathon!
Your legs will feel like jelly after competing in the Motutapu – Rangitoto Traverse. Once a year you will have the rare opportunity to bike across Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands. Choose from 26km or 42km mountain bike distances and try to enjoy the surrounding views over Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf. The 2017 event will be held on Saturday 25th March. Find out more info here.
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Image credit: Colour Run via Facebook