About Run Albany

The final race of the North Shore Run Series is at Albany Lakes Civic Park

Welcome to Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Albany … your chance to run or walk on closed roads around stunning Albany Lakes Civic Park and North Harbour Stadium. Formerly the Albany Lakes Summer Series, Run Albany is a reboot of an old favourite and the Grand Finale of the Harcourts Cooper & Co North Shore Run Series. The course is mostly flat and very fast and distance options are 5k, 10k or 15k for runners and 5k or 10k for walkers. A shorter 2km course is available for the kids. Every finisher of Run Albany receives a beautiful commemorative finisher medal. Run all three events in the North Shore Run Series and get an extra special Super-Slam medal!

Albany Lakes Civic Park
Event base is stunning Albany Lakes Civic Park, a beautiful and tranquil oasis in the heart of Albany’s bustling retail sector. Entrance to the park is directly opposite the main plaza of Westfield Albany. The entrance is the perfect spot to view the two water catchment lakes, bisected by the centrepiece of the park, the Art Bridge – a feature of all race distances.

North Shore Run Series Grand Finale
Run Albany is the Grand Finale of the North Shore Run Series and includes your chance to secure a super-slam medal – awarded to those who complete all three rounds of the series within the same year. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special presentation for our “Shore Legends” – those who have completed five full North Shore Run Series (or Albany Lakes Summer Series). The “drive for five” will see you called up onto stage with other inductees to receive a beautiful commemorative trophy. Your name, legend number and group photo will also feature on the North Shore Run Series web site. What an achievement!

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Entry Fees

Run Albany 5/10/15k

$4500

Run Albany Kids' Dash

$2000

Important! Adult entrants only nominate 5k Run or 5k Walk. You will automatically be upgraded to the 10k  or 15k on race day by our timing system based on laps completed. Important! there is no separate walking category in the 15k. If you register and start as a walker and complete 3 laps, you will be placed in the run results.

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(But check the info section below to go into the nitty-gritty of how it works!)

Important Dates

Date Details
04 Jun 2019 North Shore Run – Series Pass registration opens
15 Sep 2019 Series Pass – super-earlybird rates expire
18 Nov 2019 Run Albany single race entry opens
10 Nov 2019 Series Pass earlybird rates expire
01 Dec 2019 Last chance for Christmas delivery of Series Race Packs!
12 Jan 2020 Run Albany earlybird rates expire
17 Feb 2020 Race Week entry rates apply for Series Pass
7 Sep 2020 Race Week entry rates apply for Run Albany
11 Sep 2020 Training Run
12 Sep 2020 Training Run
13 Sep 2020 Training Run

Race Day Schedule

Friday 11 Sep What’s Happening
3:00pm – 6:00pm Timing Mats active
3:00pm – 6:30pm Race Number & Medal collection
Saturday 12 Sep What’s Happening
7:00am – 10:00am Timing Mats active
7:00am – 10:30pm Race Number & Medal collection
Sunday 13 Sep What’s Happening
7:00am – 10:00am Timing Mats active
7:00am – 10:30am Race Number & Medal collection

What Is It?

Strava is an online service for athletes to log their workouts. It is particularly awesome for runners and cyclists who use a GPS sports watch. Your workouts can be automatically uploaded from your device and you can see all your workout time, pace, splits and a million other things besides. Best of all … almost all of the best parts of the system are free.

Why Are We Using It?

Strava provides a powerful API (a way for computer systems to talk with each other) and we’ve been able to modify the software at my.runningevents (powered by Director AMS) to power our virtual run series from your Strava data. Cool. Or. What?

That means you can log your run on Strava and then import it into my.runningevents. We’ll check that the workout meets the criteria for the Run Albany training run and then automatically update your result on the official event results. This is all done in real-time, when you import your Strava workout.

But I Don’t Have Strava?

Did we mention it’s both free and awesome? It only takes a minute to sign up at Strava and if you are worried about privacy you can lock down your settings really tight and not even use the system for any other workouts than your Running Event runs. If that still makes you uncomfortable, just create an account for as long as it takes to upload your Run Albany time and then delete it. If you are a fully paid member of the tin-foil hat brigade, you could even create a dummy email address with gmail or hotmail just for this purpose.

Still not convinced? OK, we get it. Its not for everyone. If you absolutely cannot and will not use Strava to upload your result, we’ll accept manual results after the race and will upload them as soon as possible.

How Does It Work?

It’s pretty easy. Firstly, you need to login to your my.runningevents account, go to the event and click on Make Changes. Select the Race-to-Race option and select the Virtual Run. You may need to setup an account first if you haven’t already done so but it only take a minute.

Secondly, go to “My Results” and find the line for the virtual run and click on the view icon. On the detail page, you’ll see a green “Strava Import” button. Click on that and you’ll be asked to permit the Running Events app to read your workout data. We’ll pull through your last 20 workouts and validate them against the eligibility rules. Any workouts that pass will show a green “Select” button. Click that button to import this workout as the basis for your Run Albany race result.

Important! Your workout distance doesn’t need to be the exact distance of your event. We’ve built some tolerances into the system (see rules below) and we’ll adjust your time to be correct for the race distance you registered for.

Important Eligibility Rules

For your Strava workout to be acceptable. It must meet *all* of the following criteria:

  • Workout Type on Strava must be “Run”, “Walk” or “Hike”
  • The workout must have been recorded on a GPS device. Manual workouts are not accepted.
  • The start time of your workout must be between 00:01am Saturday morning and 11:59pm Sunday night.
  • The workout distance completed must be within our acceptable tolerance. For each distance in the virtual run series, we’ve set the tolerances as follows:
    • 5K: Strava distance from 4km – 8km
    • 2K: Strava distance from 1.5km – 3km
  • The adjusted finish time (calculated from your Strava workout time adjusted for the actual distance covered) must be within the acceptable finish times for each event. These limits are:
    • 5K: 14 min – 1 hr
    • 2K: 5 min – 30 min

OK – After all that, I am gonna need you to hold my hand through this…

We got ya – head over to this PDF and follow the steps.

Important!  Please DO NOT attend if you:

  • are unwell
  • are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • are waiting for a test result for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating.

Continue to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • Using hand sanitiser

Your time will be taken from when you pass over the mats so please space out and keep your social distance from other people in the area.

Race Number

Please ensure you wear your number on the front of your shirt in order for the timing mats to capture you during the training run. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner. Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Important! Make sure you only cross the timing mat as you start, lap and finish or your results will not be correct.

Important! If you need to collect your race bib, you must do so from the Running Events team member at Hooten Reserve during the hours of the training run or for 30 minutes afterwards. There will not be a registration tent at the start line.

Important! All single race numbers must be collected during one of the sessions at Hooten Reserve, Albany. See the Training Run Weekend Schedule for times.

Important! Please don’t lose your number. Replacement numbers are $10. Any replacement numbers must be arranged prior to going for your training run. Please use the contact page below to get in touch if you are a series entrant and have lost your number.

Timing Tag

When you receive your number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Finisher Medal

A member of the Running Events team will be located at the carpark at Hooten Reserve throughout the hours of the training run (and for 30 mins afterwards). Present your race number to them at any time and you will be given your Run Albany medal.

You do not have to complete the training run to receive your medal, but you must get your race number scan, so make sure to bring it along.

If you opt for the virtual run and record a result, we will courier your medal out to you (at our expense) approx. 7 days after the training run.

Check out the finisher medal here

Super Slam
If you have a series pass race number, you will also be given a North Shore Run Series Grand Slam medal.

Important! You must have recorded a finish time – in your own full name and date of birth – in all three events in the North Shore Run Series in the current season to qualify for the super-slam. A list will be available online for you to make sure your name is on the list. If it is not, please use the contact form ASAP. Check our facebook page closer to the event for information.

IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE QUALIFICATION LIST PRIOR TO THE GRAND FINALE – YOU WILL NOT GET A SUPER SLAM MEDAL.

Road Closures

While the adjusted course does not cross any roads, this is just a reminder that all roads are open to the public at all times. Stick to the pavement where one exists and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Parking

There is limited parking available on Civic Crescent and further street parking over towards the bus station. The most convenient and plentiful parking, however, is available within Westfield Albany mall, which is right across the road from the race venue. For the best parking, follow the signs for Event Cinema or Farmers and you’ll have a 2-minute walk to the race venue.

Important! Westfield Albany mall has parking zones which are rigorously enforced. Taking part in the event does not absolve you of the need to park appropriately. When you arrive, look out for FOUR HOUR parking spots, which are normally placed furthest from the mall entrance. This will give you ample time to enjoy the event and even take in some shopping before returning to your car. If you park in a one hour spot you are very, very likely to receive a parking ticket.

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

Run Albany awards will be given based on times recorded on the official training run.  All Run Albany merit awards and Legends trophies will be available for collection from Hooten Reserve from 10:00am until 10:30am, Sunday 13 September.  Collection can also be done from the Running Events office on Monday 14 September 4pm until 7pm.  8/3 Workspace Drive, Hobsonville.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Brooks shoes and  Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watches. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Spot Prize draws will be done on Monday

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies for Run Albany winners will be awarded to:

  • Overall champion male and female in the following races …
    • 5K Run
    • 10K Run
    • 15K Run
    • 5K Walk
    • 10K Walk
  • Overall champion boy and girl in the 2K Kids’ Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over

In addition to these awards, points are accumulated from each race in the North Shore Run Series and special series points awards will be presented at the Grand Finale.

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Should I register in the Walk?
If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the RUN entry category. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! The walking competition is limited to the 5k and 10k races only. If you are registered as a walker and complete the 15k distance, you will be moved into the run category.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the competitive Walk category, start on the Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Remember that other a very small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Stick to the pavement where one exists and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of Run Devonport

Results

2020 RESULTS
2019 RESULTS
2018 RESULTS
ALL RESULTS

Video

Video from the 2020 Run Albany will appear here shortly after the event.

Photo Gallery

Photos from the 2020 Run Albany will appear here shortly after the event.

Contact Us

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Your my.runningevents.co.nz dashboard allows you to make a variety of changes to your registration without even needing to ask us. How good is that? From within your account, you can update your contact details, upgrade or downgrade your race selection or transfer your entry to another person. You can also add additional items like t-shirts and revTabs to your registration and pay the extra online. Just click on the LOGIN link in the menu and follow the prompts to access the system or create a new account. Provided your account is email validated, you will find all of your registrations listed here. Select the one you wish to change and follow the Make Changes options from there. If you do have any difficulties, please just get back to us through this Contact Form.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please do not ask for an exception. Our refund and transfer policy is clearly stated and applied evenly, without exception. We do not make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances whatsoever.

Single Race Registrations

  • Your race number will be ready for collection from the Registration Tent at the event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Series Pass Registrations

  • If you registered for an Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass at least 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, all of your race numbers (for all of the series events) and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to the Devonport event. If you registered within the final 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, your race numbers and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Devonport event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.
  • If you registered for an North Shore Run Series Pass before the early December courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to Christmas. If you registered after the courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Race One event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details and to check the exact date of the courier deadline.

Merchandise

  • If you ordered any merchandise with your registration, it will be available for collection from the Merchandise tent at the event venue during either the pre-race or race morning registration times. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Our MyLaps disposable timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your race number.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies you and records the exact time at which you passed the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain, sweat and normal wear-and-tear – but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do to make sure your result is properly recorded is to wear your race number on the front of your shirt throughout the event. The tag is disposable – you do not need to return it after the event.

Important! Keep hold of your race number after you finish. You will need it to register for the prize draw at the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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