11 Year Anniversary!
Michal Fairburn had the children of Mount Albert run through parts of the town, on the streets and through the trails.
This was held on the Saturday morning of Sports Day Weekend.
The race went so well and so enjoyed by the kids and their
parents that Michal got a committee together the next year.
The Mount Albert Sports Day 5k Run was born!
The race started out going west along King Street and ended on a brief downhill after rounding past the TD Bank, onto Main Street.
The race was taken over by Jen and Ray Mark. The race changed direction to accommodate the businesses along Centre Street, which are open on Saturday mornings. The race continued to grow over the next few years.
The race acknowledged the many walkers taking part, adding a walking category (for the top 3 walkers).
The race records were set by Mario Iozzo (15:28) in 2006 and Sarah Nagy (17:57) in 2007.
A team category was added and had instant success.
Lee Sitarz took over as race director, and continued to keep the race alive.
Elizabeth and Ray Gillis became the race directors, and turned the race into a business – allowing for growth and excitement in the future.
Elizabeth was joined by Jen Mark again – 281 participants – a record! And our first thunderstorm mid-race.
Success in our 10th anniversary! Great food and tons of draw prizes! Rained hard, but no one was deterred.
Technical t-shirts make their debut as well as full chip timing!