This race, on Auckland’s Waiheke Island, epitomizes so much that is good about running: beautiful scenery, great crowd support, hills that make you earn your post-race swim, and a non-standard distance of 25k meaning the emphasis is on the running, not the time.
The first hill (one of many).
One of the brilliant drink stations.
Most of the race is on sealed roads, except for this little stretch of soft gravel/dirt.
The award-winning drink station.
3k to go.