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Thousands take to Auckland streets

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/10/2016

More than 12,500 runners are taking to the streets in Auckland for the city's annual marathon events.

There's a marathon, half marathon, 12k traverse, 5k challenge and kids' marathon, offering a range of distances for runners.

Newshub anchor Mike McRoberts is running his first half-marathon, having previously completed five marathons in other locations.

Also taking on the 21.1km challenge is The Bachelor winner Matilda Rice, who is raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, while comedian Dai Henwood is raising money for the Starship Foundation.

There are diversions and closures on roads around Auckland's CBD and the North Shore for the event.

The marathon course starts from Devonport, on the North Shore, and goes over the Harbour Bridge, along the Auckland harbourfront to St Heliers and returns to finish at Victoria Park.

Race by numbers:

* 850 volunteers on course

* 6,851 people will be transported by ferry

* 52,000 safety pins

* 6,000 road cones

* 3,000 metres of barrier fencing

* 15,000 litres of Powerade and 175,000 cups.

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