Media Release - Cigna Round the Bays 2018 raises the bar again

Media Release - Cigna Round the Bays 2018 raises the bar again

18 February 2018

Cigna Round the Bays 2018 welcomed an impressive 14,455 people from around the country to Wellington to compete in the annual event.

“Helping our communities maximise their health and well-being is a huge priority for us and 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 ,” says Suzanne de Geus, Cigna New Zealand Head of Sales and Marketing.

Last year’s number of participants of 14,300 was surpassed with 14,455 taking part this year. In 2016 numbers were just shy of 14,000. Breaking the total race numbers down: 2,000 took part in the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon, 3,600 in the Bluebridge 10km and a further 8,855 in the 6.5km fun run and Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk.

Sport Wellington CEO Phil Gibbons says 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 regions has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation. It was great to see everyone come into the city and enjoy the really fantastic experience.”

Cigna was also 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,” Suzanne says. “A huge thanks to the generous donations and fundraising efforts of race participants and the inclusion of $1 from each registration to the charity.”

Achilles International New Zealand National Manager John Bowden says: “As a 100% volunteer organisation we are reliant on this support and are so 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.