Registrations are now open for the annual iconic Wellington event – Cigna Round the Bays. But don’t just enter yourself for race day on February 19, 2017. Step it up by entering with friends, work colleagues and family! Together you can support each other’s training and get fitter and healthier.

Having a specific and achievable health goal on a set date like this event can help with keeping you all motivated on your health journey.

There’s a distance for every age and level: The Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk, 6.5km Fun Run/Walk, Bluebridge 10km, and the Cigna/Achilles Half Marathon (21km).

Next year I’m stepping it up by getting my family involved, including husband Damien, and our kids Zach, 11, Lachie, 9, and Finn, 5. Zach is especially excited about tackling his first 10km distance alongside me. Actually, his speedy, young legs may leave me in his dust! The rest of my whanau will do the fun run. Damien will likely be piggy-backing little Finn near the end.

The focus for our family training-wise is to keep fitness “fun” and at the kids’ pace. I’ll sneak in building a “base fitness” with my younger kids by doing things like scooter or bike rides, family walks/light jog at the weekend and walking to school sometimes.

Zach and I are doing run training, which we will build up slowly.

Meanwhile, tell your kids they are helping “you” to train for the event too. Give your kids the title of “chief coach”. Remember to foster a “can-do mind-set” with fitness and health in general around kids and be a positive role-model on this journey. Inspiring your kids to be fit, healthy and happy is the ultimate gift, I reckon.

Lastly, visualise the red-faced, smiling, excited faces of your loved-ones at the finish-line and a shared feeling of success.

Register for CignaRTB via and remember to join to be in to win a prize worth $2,500.


Rachel is a runner, qualified yoga teacher and director of lifestyle website, and follow more of her personal journey to get race-ready with her family on her Facebook & Instagram pages