Both the 4km and the 10km routes has been reviewed by The NZ Spinal Trust for suitability for hand cycles and manual and power wheelchairs. Although accessibility is often open to interpretation the NZ Spinal Trust will be encouraging their friends and members to participate.
Rolling in Christchurch can be a challenge at present however there does not appear to be any significant aspects of the short course that would deem it inaccessible. There are two short places in the 4km route that have a slight incline which should not be a problem to most however we will place marshals there in case you need a little support for a metre or two.
It’s really important though, that if you do bring your four-legged friend along, that you’re super courteous. Only bring your pooch along if he/she is nice and friendly with other dogs, start behind all of our runners and walkers, and I’m sure we don’t even need to say it, but if your dog does #2’s… Make sure you pick it up! We’ll have bins all around the place for you to easily dispose of it.
And lastly… Dress them up! (If they don’t mind that kind of thing, of course). We’ll have prizes on the day for Best Dressed Pooch! So get into the spirit of things and dress them up in the colour of the charity you’ve chosen to support.
We’ve got a great dog shuttle for your four-legged friends so check out BUS/SHUTTLE INFO for details.
Don’t hesitate to ask a Summer Starter crew member where the nearest toilets are if you can’t find them. Check out the maps on the course details page for where the toilets are located at the start and finish lines.
There will be lots of healthy food and drinks around and bouncy castles, music and entertainment for everyone. Lets hope for a sunny day in Redcliffs!
We’ll also have yummy goodies to giveaways as you finish, look out for the sampling tents as you come through the finish chute!
There will also be prizes for the fastest male and female competitors.
At the start line: Please ensure you find your ‘section’. Prams and Scooters, and people with dogs, will all gather in separate sections – as will the walkers and the runners. Please ensure you gather in your correct section, and you don’t start until you are told to. Runners will start first, followed by unaccompanied walkers, following by participants with dogs, followed lastly by prams and scooters.
ALL CHILDREN ON SCOOTERS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. And you must, must, keep an eye on your child on their scooter at all times. As you can imagine, with thousands of participants, there’s going to be congestion for at least the first 1km-2km. Keep your child and their scooter with you, and please ensure they are being considerate of other walkers and runners.
Let people pass! Summer Starter isn’t a race, we don’t care if you come through in 40 minutes or 4 hours. We just want to make sure everyone has a good time along the way! So please, be considerate of all of your fellow ‘Summer Starters’!