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Cool conditions and overcast skies did not deter the many people who ventured to McArthur Ridge Vineyard near Alexandra for the annual Run the Ridge race on Saturday morning.

The event, which allowed participants to run or walk a range of distances, attracted people from as far away as the North Island, including guest entrant Dom Harvey, who is a host on The Edge radio station.

Run the Ridge featured 5km, 10km and 21km events, along with a team relay, which followed a 5km loop.

Although held at the same location as other years, this year’s event took place on a different course.

Despite the unseasonal conditions, participants were looking forward to getting involved, including Rachel Petrie.

Her husband is the vineyard manager so she was keen to get involved by supporting the event as a competitor.

“I’m just excited that everyone’s here. It’s really special. A lot of organising goes into this,’” she said, while waiting for her race to start.

Event director Camille O’Connor said many people noted the cooler than usual conditions were “great for running”.

She said the majority of the 405 participants were “from out of town”.

“[It] is great that the event is attracting such a wide audience from as far as Auckland and even some overseas competitors.”

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

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