Surf to City a favourite event in Southland for more than 40 years

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Ready to run: The annual ICC Surf to City event has been held for more than 40 years and this year will be held on Sunday, March 8. Photo: Supplied

THOSE wishing to enter the annual ICC Surf to City can now do so for the March 8 event.

Sponsored by the Invercargill City Council and presented by Sport Southland, it was Southland’s largest participation event, Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said.

Ending at Queens Park, the 12km course started at Oreti Beach and included 6km and 3km options so all the family could take part.

Surf to City is absolutely one of Southland’s premier events, and the largest mass participation event in our province. It has been running in one form or another for more than 40 years,” Mr McDermott said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for families or friends to get active together, or for workmates to get a team together and have some fun.

“We have also made the event as inclusive as possible, and each year we have people of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities lining up to give it a go. We are also working with Red Cross to help provide an opportunity for Colombian newcomer families to join in. It really is an event for everyone.”

Food, children’s activities and music would be at the course finish so participants could enjoy a wind-down after exercise.

People could pick their transport of choice; entrants could run, walk, bike, scooter or whatever option was best for them.

“As with all events of this size, the ICC Surf to City wouldn’t be possible without the help of many people and organisations, and we are so grateful for their efforts it is a true example of a community working together to provide a quality opportunity to get active and have some fun,” Mr McDermott said.

Entries could be submitted online or manually; manual entries would open closer to the time at Sport Southland, Invercargill City Council, Wensley’s Cycles and United Video South City. Each manual entry form would incur a $5 admin fee.

Online entries would be closed from 2pm, on Saturday, March 7, but people could register on the day with a $5 late fee.

Entry costs: $10 per adult, $5 per child (U16), and $20 for a family (two adults and up to three children).

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