Round the Bays gathers massive support in Wellington

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Wellington, February 18, 2018

Cigna Round the Bays 2018 welcomed an impressive 14,455 people from around the country to Wellington to compete in the annual event held today (Sunday), commencing at Westpac Stadium.

Cigna New Zealand Head of Sales & Marketing Suzanne de Geus said that helping communities maximise their health and well-being is a priority for the company.

“It was fantastic to once again see people come out and get involved – whether it was running, walking, pushing a buggy or this year on a scooter,” she said.

Increasing numbers

About 14,455 people participated in this year’s event, compared to 14,300 people last year and less than 14,000 in 2016. Of these, 2000 people took part in the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon, 3600 in the Bluebridge 10 km and 8855 in the 6.5 km fun-run and Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk.

Sport Wellington Chief Executive Phil Gibbons said that he and the wider team are proud of consistently producing one of New Zealand’s largest events of its kind.

“We were focused on delivering an event that was in keeping with our vision that everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation. It was great to see everyone come into the City to enjoy a really fantastic experience,” he said.

Charity benefits

Ms Geus said that Cigna was delighted to present the event’s official charity, Achilles New Zealand, with a cheque for $20,000 during the event’s prize-giving.

“To reach our goal of raising $20,000 for Achilles was terrific. A huge thanks to the generous donations and fundraising efforts of race participants and the inclusion of $1 from each registration to the charity,” she said.

Achilles International New Zealand National Manager John Bowden said, “As a 100% volunteer organisation, we are reliant on this support and hence are thankful to everyone who helped us reach our target amount. Together, you have supported our work to help people with disabilities get out and get active – and experience the sense of achievement in taking part in mainstream running events such as Cigna Round the Bays.”

The official results from the day can be found on the official Cigna Round the Bays’ event app. Check out photos from the day on Facebook @CignaRTB and Instagram #CignaRTB.

About Cigna New Zealand

Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Ltd provides health, wellness and sense of security solutions. The Company has been in operation in New Zealand for about 100 years with in-depth local consumer and industry knowledge. It protects more than 500,000 New Zealanders with insurance policies. Its products and services include life, funeral, income protection, trauma, accidental death, cancer cover, travel and bill protection insurance.


Photo Caption:

1. Participants get ready at the Start Point at Westpac Stadium

2. Another group of participants

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