Offering categories for runners and walkers of all abilities, Round the Bridges attracts a broad range of participants each year; many of whom are taking part as a way of achieving a long-term fitness goal. It is for this reason that many local health clubs and personal trainers use the event as a way to engage with their members outside of the gym doors.
For UniRec, the University of Waikato’s on-campus fitness centre, Round the Bridges presents the perfect opportunity to support its diverse membership base in achieving their individual goals. Health and Fitness Manager James Campbell explains why he’s excited to see members taking part this November.
“Round the Bridges is a fantastic local event which really brings the community together. This year our team will have over 50 members taking part, meaning that we can all support and motivate one another on the big day.
“For lots of people, taking part in an event as big as this can be quite daunting – particularly if it’s their first time. In my experience, participating as part of a team enables you to feel more at ease on the day, which helps to get the most out of the experience – not just in terms of enjoyment but also in terms of achieving your goal, whether that’s to walk the entire course or set a record time. That’s what we’re trying to do with Team UniRec.”
The team is a mixture of staff, members and their friends and family – all varying in terms of age and ability.
“We enter a team every year and it’s always a great chance to get to know people from the gym a little better. The staff love getting involved too as it’s a chance to socialise outside of the workplace, as well as to witness first-hand how their work at UniRec benefits the members.”
All UniRec team members will receive a free branded team t-shirt as well as access to a series of pre-event workshops designed to help attendees prepare for event day on Sunday 13 November.
“The workshops are free for anyone to attend (not just UniRec members) and will cover a range of topics including running tips, nutritional information and injury prevention. The idea is to give people an idea of what they can expect from a running event such as Round the Bridges and how to best prepare. Hopefully those in attendance will get a lot from the workshops and will feel even more excited about taking part in the event!”
UniRec is one of many local businesses getting involved in this year’s event, with over 200 teams registered already – 60 of which are entered into the 12km Corporate Challenge, which collates the finish times of the four fastest team members in order to find the Waikato’s fastest corporate team.
For more infrmation about team entries at Round the Bridges, visit www.roundthebridges.co.nz
For more information about UniRec’s RTB Ready Workshops, visit www.facebook.com/UniRec/
Based on campus at the University of Waikato, UniRec is a fitness and recreation centre open to the entire community. With over 3,000 members, UniRec offers a diverse array of facilities and equipment, including over 40 group exercise classes per week, an extensive array of cardio and weights equipment, endless swimming pools, squash courts and much more. For more information, visit www.unirec.co.nz