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Beach series gets summer started

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Summer’s here…Takapuna Beach Series lifeguards (from left) Cenedra Waddel, Paige Waddel, Lauren Davey and Ella Parr-Gommans head for the water.

The Harcourts Cooper & Co Beach Series season kicked off with 450 participants last week.

Now in its 16th year, the series at Takapuna Beach is Auckland’s largest weekly fitness event.

It is an all-ages beach run and walk, 10km road run, stand-up paddle and ocean swim series held at the beach on Tuesday evenings.

Dan Feisst and Jason Herriman have taken over from Nick Carol as organisers of the event.

Dan Feisst owner of swimwear store Blueseventy, has been a long- time sponsor. “It’s been a whirlwind organising the event,” he said. “Jason has really been the backbone getting this event going.”

The 10km run is new this year, and some new signage has been introduced. New sponsors are on board and Harcourts Cooper & Co has signed as the lead backer for another three years.

“I think this year has been really hard with so many events being cancelled because of Covid-19, so a lot of people will be coming out for the beach series,” said Feisst. The series runs over 18 Tuesday evenings.

Suited up… Marieke Van Zon and Meegan Brewer after a warm up swim.

This article originally appeared in the 22 January 2021 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.

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