Sunday fun-day in the sun at Queens Park

Jobelle and Stella (3) Bacarro, of Edendale, took part in the ICC Surf to City, from Oreti Beach to Invercargill's Queens Park on Sunday.

UNDER autumnal leaves and a clear blue sky, thousands of people completed this year’s ICC Surf to City at Invercargill’s Queens Park last weekend..

The family-friendly event offered three distances to run, cycle or walk: 12km, 6km, and 3km.

The Bacarro family cycled with friends from Oreti Beach, which is where the 12km distance began.

Edendale mum Jobelle said it was good.

“It was nice seeing lots of people biking together, especially with kids.”

She said it was motivation to bike more.

Three-year-old Stella enjoyed the event as well.

“She thought it was a competition, she wants to race. But, no, we’re just cruising.”

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said it was a fabulous day.

“There’s probably over 3000 people here today, we had a massive influx today and people have been registering over the last week.”

Given the climate around the globe with Covid-19, he said it was a privilege to be able to hold the event.

It allowed for people and the community to come together and connect, he said.

It also highlighted the importance of families being able to do things together, while enjoying what Southland had to offer.

“We just want people to be active, it doesn’t matter how you’re doing it. Whether you’re walking, running, biking, scooting enjoying nature and the fresh air.”

Being active was important, however they wished to do so, he said.

In the past, Surf to City participation methods such as boats, while this year McDermott had seen a fireman clad in his gear completing the event.

“That was pretty interesting, and would have been pretty hot on a day like today.”