‘Everyone had a smile on their face’

One direction . . . Participants cross Kettle Park during the Surf to Stadium 10km run on Sunday. PHOTOS: JESSICA WILSON

Sunday’s Surf to Stadium was a fun, family day out.

Sport Otago business development and events manager Michael Smith said about 1400 people took part in the 10km and 4km events – an increase on last year’s 1140 participants.

“Everyone had a smile on their face and they were really enjoying the day.”

He enjoyed seeing families involved in the events, especially parents who ran the course with their children, he said.

“It’s all about getting as many people out there, being active and having a good day with family and friends.”

Forsyth Barr Stadium was full of people between 11am and noon, when the majority of the runners were crossing the finish line, which was “awesome”.

The 10km course started at Kettle Park and went through Tainui and along Portsmouth Dr before ending at the stadium.

The 4km option, which was aimed at getting families and children involved, took participants down to Ravensbourne and back to the stadium.

Mere milliseconds determined the winner of the 10km race, Kirk Madgwick edging out Jonah Smith metres before the finish line.