Heart Foundation 5k Challenge

The Heart Foundation 5k Challenge follows the other three distances on the exact same course taking in Westhaven Marina, the Tank Farm and Viaduct Harbour before turning onto Fanshawe Street for a finish at Victoria Park.

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Click here for the Information Guide for the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge with all your Registration and Race Day Information.

Heart Foundation 5k Challenge

  • DATE

    30 October 2016
  • START TIME

    10.00am
  • START LINE

    Point Erin Pools, Sarsfield Street
  • DISTANCE

    5k
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Course Description:

  • The start is at the Point Erin Pools, on Sarsfield Street in Herne Bay.
  • The course heads along Sarsfield Street before turning right onto Curran Street and descending past the next support station, to Westhaven Drive for a flat run along the Westhaven Marina.
  • From Westhaven, the course turns left into Beaumont Street, where another support station is situated, and continues onto Hamer Street.
  • The course continues around the Tank Farm onto Brigham Street, before a left turn onto Jellicoe Street.
  • From Jellicoe St the course turns right into Halsey Street, and then right into Fanshawe Street for the run to the finish.

The Heart Foundation 5k Challenge can be entered either as a run or a walk. Single baby buggies only (not double or triple) will be allowed. The occupant of the baby buggy cannot walk in the event and will not be charged an entry fee. Wheelchairs, baby buggies (subject to above), dogs/pets, cyclists and any other form of wheeled conveyance are NOT PERMITTED in any of the events.

For safety reasons alpine walking sticks or other forms of walking sticks (e.g crutches) are also not permitted on the course.

Course Changes

All start times and event courses are subject to change dependent on road conditions and road availability.  The start times and event courses will be confirmed in advance of the event and course description and maps will be updated with the final event course.

 

ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Gear Bags

At Registration, you will be supplied with a Race Pack Gear Bag and bag tag with your race numberon it.  A Gear Bag facility is provided for the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge at the Northern End of Victoria Park next to the Victoria Park flyover bridge. You can leave your gear bag there prior to your race (please ensure your bag tag is clearly marked with your numbered bag tag) to collect again after the race.

  • Race Numbers

A different coloured race number will be provided at Registration for entrants in each event for ease of identification. The Race Number must be worn on the front of your singlet/shirt and be visible at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification or you being removed from the course during the event.

Please complete the section on the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and importantly a contact name and phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency.

  • Timing System

Timing Sports provides timing services for the ASB Auckland Marathon event and are contracted to deliver and manage the timing and final results for the Event Organisers.

This timing system has many advantages for all participants, including:

  • Fast and accurate results at the event.
  • Net times; the timing chip will register individual start times, even when participants are at the back of the pack.
  • Provisional results are based on gun time and will be posted at the finish venue on race day
  • Results published to the web site for you, your family and friends.
  • Timing Chip

At registration, all participants will be issued with a disposable timing chip that will be attached to your race bib.  There is a Chip Check facility at the Registration & Expo to check your timing chip.

  • Toilets

Toilets will be provided for participants at the following locations:

  • Finish, Victoria Park

  • Each Support Station

No additional facilities will be provided along the route by the Organisers. 

  • Medical

The Order of St John ambulances will be located at regular points along the route and each Support Station will provide minor first aid if required. A full medical clinic will be at the finish. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 111 from the nearest phone and the closest ambulance will be sent to your aid.

If you have a medical condition that could cause you difficulties during or after the race, please first get clearance from your doctor to participate in your event before entering.

Please Note: Remember to complete the section on the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and importantly a contact name and phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency.

For your safety, it is advised that you do not participate in the event if you have had a fever or cold in the past week, or have a hangover as these can contribute towards heat exhaustion, dehydration, or life threatening heatstroke.

  • Results

Provisional results will be printed and posted from 12:00pm at the finish venue during the day. Results will be posted to the www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz web site by 7:00pm Sunday 30 October 2016. The published final official Auckland Marathon results are deemed final by the Event Organisers. For the first few days immediately following the event preliminary results are published and are subject to change pending the final allocation of results.

All participants are required to sign the event waiver and release upon entering. Participants acknowledge that the Event Organisers have the absolute right and discretion in the allocation of all results, as well as in the award of any prizes, prize money, prize money jackpot or third party prize or award. Participants must abide fully and without dispute with all such decisions of the Event Organisers.

No discussion or correspondence regarding any results, prizes and prize money will be entered into by the Event Organisers.

  • Photographs

Photographs of all finishers will be taken within 100 metres of the finish line. Samples of these photos will be available with your result listing shortly after the race for your inspection prior to purchase. You can also purchase your photos online from www.marathon-photos.com

  • Certificates

Finishers will be able to download their own online certificate after 9:00pm Sunday 30 October 2016 at no cost.

If you wish to receive a printed A4 card certificate by mail, an additional $7.50 fee is payable with your entry fee. The certificate will be posted within 3 weeks of the event in a standard envelope.

Please note:

  • Any damage to the certificate caused by the postal service is not the responsibility of the Event Organisers.
  • Please ensure you spell your address details correctly when entering otherwise you run the risk of not receiving your certificate.
  • If you change your address at any stage before the event, please email registration@aucklandmarathon.co.nz so that we can update your entry details and ensure your certificate is posted to the correct address after the event.

CONTINGENCY PLANS

  • Contingency Plans

In the event of adverse weather or any other consideration or matter causing the Auckland Harbour Bridge or any other part of the course to be closed to participants prior to 5:00am on race day, where possible an alternative course will be provided for the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge starting and finishing at Victoria Park.

If, in the opinion of the Race organisers an alternative course cannot be implemented then the event will be cancelled and entry fees are non-refundable.

  • Contingency Plan - Bridge Closure

If an unforeseen event or matter requires a change to the course or event, or the cancellation or cessation (i.e. stopping) of the event, the Race Organising Committee will adopt the following procedures to provide an alternative course, where possible, for the event, or, alternatively upon cancellation or cessation, assist participants to be returned to Victoria Park.

The trigger for implementing one of the two contingency plans will be:

  1. The Race Director being advised by the relevant authorities that the weather conditions or some other factor or matter makes it unsafe for runners to cross the Harbour Bridge. This decision will be made around 4:00am on Event Day. In the event of this scenario then the Contingency Course will be implemented.
  2. Events or circumstances that lead to the closure of the bridge to participants after 5:00am on Event Day or some other event or matter that closes all or part of the course. In the event of this scenario it will necessitate the cancellation or cessation of the marathon and half marathon events.
  • Contingency Plan 1: Bridge Closure before 5:00am - alternative course
  1. Participants waiting for the buses to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  2. Participants waiting at the start and arriving at the start to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  3. Radio stations notified to broadcast prepared announcement regarding the move to the contingency course. Stations to tune in to are:

- More FM - 91.8FM
- Radio Live - 100.6FM 
- The Edge - 94.2FM 
- The Sound - 93.8FM 
- The Rock - 90.2FM 
- Mai FM - 88.6FM
- LiveSport - 1476AM
- NewsTalkZB – 1080AM

  1. An "All Participants" briefing to be held at Victoria Park at 6:00am and again at 6:30am
  2. At 6:30am the Course Director will confirm with TMP providers and Police that the Contingency Course is fully implemented
  3. The Race Director will, on confirmation that the course is ready, confirm start times for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 12k Traverse, and Heart Foundation 5k Challenge events if appropriate and safe to do so
  • The Contingency Course
The contingency course will, more or less, follow the planned second half of the Full Marathon course with the exception of the following changes:
 
- The start for the ASB Auckland Full Marathon and the Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon will be on Fanshawe Street. The start will be no later than 7am.  To assist the flow of runners, the assembled entrants will be strongly urged to group themselves so that elite runners are to the front and walkers are to the back. A rolling start will be needed instead of a mass start for the ASB Auckland Marathon and Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon 
 
- The start for the 12k Traverse and the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge will be under the arch on Viaduct Harbour Avenue.  The starts times will be as originally scheduled - 9am for the 12k Traverse and 10am or the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge. To assist the flow of runners, the assembled entrants will be strongly urged to group themselves so that  runners are to the front and walkers are to the back. 
 
- The start times and start location for the KIDS MARATHON will not change.
 
- The ASB Auckland Marathon event will follow the second half of the original Full Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to a turn point in Viaduct Harbour Ave then head back out to St Heliers before returning to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
 
- The Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon event will follow the ASB Auckland Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
 
- The 12k Traverse event will be an out and back via Quay St
 
- The Heart Foundation 5km Challenge event will also follow the water front course to a turn at around Tinley Street.
 
Note: The fact that all events are on the same course will require marshals to ensure that the slower entrants do not unreasonably impede the faster runners that will invariably be coming through. Marshals will also need to ensure runners do not stray into the return running lane.
  • Contingency Plan 2: Notice of Bridge Closure or other event after 5:00am - Partial Cancellation of event
  1. Notify Fuller's ferries:

- To Stop further sailing (if early enough) or; 
- That ferries maybe required to transport participants from Devonport to Auckland and/or, possibly, Fisherman's Wharf to Auckland

  1. Participants waiting at the ferries to be advised to go to Victoria Park.
  2. Ritchies Buses will be advised to transport all runners to Victoria Park.
  3. Participants waiting at the start and to be advised to go to Victoria Park.
  4. Notify radio stations to broadcast prepared announcement regarding the move to the Contingency Course. The stations to tune in to are:

- MoreFM - 91.8FM 
- Radio Live - 100.6FM 
- The Edge - 94.2FM 
- The Sound - 93.8FM 
- The Rock - 90.2FM
- Mai FM - 88.6FM
- LiveSport - 1476AM
- NewsTalkZB – 1080AM

  1. Smales Farm Bus Station and Akoranga Bus Station course personnel advised to hold all runners in adjacent Business park pending announcement from Race Director (if closure occurs after scheduled start of the Event).
  2. A "Participants" briefing to be held at Smales Farm Business Park or Akoranga Bus Station at 7:30am and again at 8:30am (if closure occurs after scheduled start of the Event), or at Victoria Park if closure occurs before scheduled start of the Event.
  3. In the event of Bridge closure only, the Kids Marathon and 5k Challenge events will start on schedule if appropriate and safe to do so.