Western Leader : February 8th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, February 8, 2011 OPEN DAY MARCH 2 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j5765/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Bays run the way to go By JUSTIN LATIF Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. OLYMPIC silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500-metre runner, who will be racing in Christ- church on February 26, says registering for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thou- sands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or treadmill,'' he says. Willis, who grew up train- ing around the hills of Lower Hutt, says running is an easy sport to get into to. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually any- where,'' he says. I love the experience of exploring new trails and bush tracks when I'm training.'' And you don't have to be born with a particular body type to be good at running. It's not solely genetics that decide who's the best -- it's who trains the smartest and hardest.'' Willis will also be pres- ented his silver Olympic medal at the Christchurch event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was disqualified for testing posi- tive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has been an annual event in Auckland since it was started by the Auckland Joggers Club in 1972. The first run attracted 1200 entries and has now grown to be one of the world's largest with nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. It starts at 9.30am. Registered runners will get a number and a personalised certificate recording their time. Go to www.roundthebays. co.nz for entry details. Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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