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The Lydiard Legend Marathon, Half Marathon, Titirangi 10km


Sat 17 Sep 2011, 6:30am–2:00pm

Where: Shadbolt Park, Cnr Portage and Golf Rds, New Lynn, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: totalsport2011

The Lydiard Legend Marathon and Arthur's Half Marathon will once again be on the event calendar in 2011, and will be held on Saturday, 17 September.

New in 2011 is the addition of the "Titirangi 10km and 5km", two awesome loop courses taking in some of the best bits!

In order to safeguard the event and guarantee its ongoing place as a premier event on the NZ running calendar, the Legend Charitable Trust was established.

All events follow the famous Waiatarua routes (set in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland) previously used by Arthur Lydiard to train his prodigies - elite athletes such as Sir Peter Snell and Sir Murray Halberg, among others such as the Arch Jelley-trained Sir John Walker.

Arthur's training courses are now world-renowned and countless elite and not-so-elite athletes from many parts of the world have used them, and still do, as a key element of their training regimes and schedules.

The focus of The Legend event is to celebrate, enjoy and experience the Lydiard training route within a structured race environment. Since Arthur's death in December 2004, the event has grown from a 35km run to a full marathon, half marathon and 10km run/walk.

Arthur Lydiard, well known and recognised as the guru of distance running worldwide, was still spreading the word in the United States at the time of his death.

The Legend event was an idea conceived by Ian Winson after viewing a television documentary earlier in 2004, featuring a young athlete completing a run on the Lydiard training route.

Contact was made with Arthur to seek permission to organise an event in his name, he gave his blessing and written permission - and The Legend was born.

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