CROSS COUNTRY
Omanga Roa

GENERAL INFORMATION

Date

Sunday 8th September 2024 

Venue

Waipuna Park, 25 Kaitemako Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga

Cost

$45.00 per individual runner (NZ$)
Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $45.00 for the 12km School Relay OR the 6km School Relay (NZ$).

Entries Open

Friday 15th March 2024 at 9.00am – Online registrations open

Entries Close

Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 7.59pm – Online registrations close

CONTACT

Email: info@nzaimsgames.co.nz​​​​​​​

PLANNING INFORMATION

Costs

  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $45.00 per runner (NZ$).

  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $45.00 for the 12km School Relay OR the 6km School Relay (NZ$).

  • Strictly non-refundable.

  • Payment MUST be made within seven days of receipt of invoice.

  • Invoices will be sent to the school accounts manager after the entry closing date, Wednesday 5th June 2024.

Entries Close

  • Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 7.59pm

  • Entries to the 2024 Zespri AIMS Games will be made and only accepted online, via the online registration system. 

  • Registrations will only be accepted from the school's designated Zespri AIMS Games Coordinator.

  • Schools are allocated a unique Zespri AIMS Games registration log in code to complete their entries.

Competitor's Age

Competitors must be over 10 years of age and under 13 years of age, as at 31st December the year before the tournament year. Competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation. For the 2024 Zespri AIMS Games, this means the accepted birth years are: 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Divisions

  • Year 7 Girls (maximum of five runners per school)

  • Year 7 Boys (maximum of five runners per school)

  • Year 8 Girls (maximum of five runners per school)

  • Year 8 Boys (maximum of five runners per school)

  • Athletes with a Disability Girls and Athletes with a Disability Boys (no limit of runners per school)

  • 6km School Relay (schools may enter either the 12km School Relay OR the 6km School Relay, not both).

  • 12km School Relay

Multiple Sporting Codes

    • Students may compete in more than one sporting code, provided they are in line with the permitted code crossovers. 

    • Timetable allowances will not be made for any competitors, and it is the sole responsibility of the school to check for programming conflicts. 

    Athlete Transfers/Changes and/or Withdrawals

    • Athlete changes/transfers will be accepted up to midnight on Wednesday 28th August. Changes after this date will be declined.

    • Athlete withdrawals will be accepted up to race day. Please use email to notify us of withdrawals up to Friday 6th September, then; please notify us in person at the venue of any withdrawals needing to be processed on the 7th or 8th September.

    PROGRAMME

    Saturday

    TimeDate
    Between 2.00pm & 6.00pm

    Managers packs must be collected this day from the Waipuna Park Clubrooms

    Important notes:

    • If you cannot collect on the Saturday, please call or e-mail the code co-ordinator PRIOR to 6th September to discuss an alternative time.
    • ONLY the team manager or nominated individual (that the code co-ordinator has been pre advised about) can collect a school’s manager pack.

    Individual student race numbers will not be issued.

    2.30pmWalk the course (guided) – with the course setters/managers.

    Sunday

    TimeDate
    Between 8.00am & 9.00amTeams and managers can walk the course (non guided).
    9.00amCompulsory Managers meeting at the Waipuna Park Clubrooms
    9.50amCall for all Year 7 girls to assemble at start area
    10.00amYear 7 girls start
    10.15amCall for all Year 7 boys to assemble at start area
    10.25amYear 7 boys start
    10.50amCall for all athletes with disabilities boys and girls to assemble at start area
    11.00amAthletes with disabilities start
    11.20amCall for all Year 8 girls to assemble at start area
    11.30amYear 8 girls start
    10.45amCall for all Year 8 boys to assemble at start area
    10.55amYear 8 boys start
    12.30pmIndividual divisions prize giving
    12.30pmDeadline for all relay lists to be in
    12.45pmCall for all relay teams to assemble at the start area
    1.00pmAll relays start
    Approx 2.00pmPrize giving for school relays
    3.00pm OR 7.00pmOpening ceremony (Mercury Baypark Arena)

    INDIVIDUAL RACES

    1. Schools may enter one team of runners only in each of the divisions below (maximum of five runners per age/gender division).

    2. Runners cannot run for other divisions.

    3. Running barefoot is permitted.

    4. Spikes are allowed to be worn for all races. Runners must keep these to a maximum length of 9mm.

    5. Runners wearing no spikes will be positioned on the outside of the starting line.

    6. Runners will have two hurdles on the course. The height of the hurdles is 0.762m (30 inches).

    7. At the start, teams will be able to have two runners positioned on the start line with the other two runners directly behind them and then one runner directly behind them (two/two/one).

    DIVISION TEAM HONOURS

    This is a category awarded from results within the individual races (this is separate to the team relays).

    1. For schools that enter a team in a division where there are three or more runners - each individual runner in that team is automatically eligible to claim individual line honours.

    2. Schools with less than three runners in a division are ineligible.

    3. All individual runners must finish their races to be eligible to be included in team honours.

    4. For division team honours the placings of your first three runners home will be accumulated, and placings awarded from the lowest aggregate (should teams be tied the placing of the third-place runner will be the deciding factor). For example, the lowest team total is the winner i.e., Year 7 Girls 6th, 23rd, 29th = 58 points (1st), 5th, 22nd, 35th = 62 points (2nd).

    We have electronic timing services, and all race bibs have transponders attached to the back. Please follow the fitting and handling instructions provided.

    ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES

    The event will be run as an Athletes with Disabilities 800m track event.

    Whilst there is no qualifying or eligibility criteria, the athlete’s disability must disadvantage them to participate or compete against their non-disabled peers in the open event.

    Place getters will be allocated based on who crosses the finish first regardless of disability type or extent.

    Although there are no qualifying times for disabled runners, runners must be capable of completing the 800m course (grass track).

    RULES

    The race committee will appoint a race referee(s), to whom general complaints can be directed. Any race complaints must be lodged to the race referee within five minutes after the announcement of the preliminary results on the official disputes form and accompanied by $100.00.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    ALL RACE DISTANCES, TIMES AND RECORDS

    Division
    Distance
    Start
    Race Record
    Year 7 Girls
    3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1km lap)
    10.00am
    11:20:47 (2023)
    Year 7 Boys
    3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1km lap)
    10.25am
    9.56 (2016)
    Athletes with a Disability - Girls
    800m (2 x 400m laps)
    11.00am
    3.34 (2019, best time)
    Athletes with a Disability - Boys
    800m (2 x 400m laps)
    11.00am
    2.58 (2017, best time)
    Year 8 Girls
    3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1km lap)
    11.30am
    10.56 (2019)
    Year 8 Boys
    3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1km lap)
    11.55am
    10.05 (2016)
    6km & 12km School Relays
    6 & 12 x 1km lap
    1.00pm
    20:42:50 (2023) & 40.29 (2018)


    12KM & 6KM School relays

    1. Schools may enter either the 12km School Relay OR the 6km School Relay (not both).
    2. Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $45.00 for the 12km School Relay OR the 6km School Relay (NZ$).
    3. Runners in any relay team MUST have completed an individual event.
    4. All runners in a relay team must be fulltime enrolled students at the same school.
    5. Medals will be awarded to the winning school for each of the 12km and 6km relays.

    12km school relay

    1. Relay will consist of 12 consecutive laps of a 1km course.
    2. Year 7 & Year 8 Division Combined (there is no restriction on the year group ration, e.g., relay teams can be all year 8 students).
    3. Minimum of six and a maximum of 12 runners per team.
    4. 12km relay teams MUST be mixed gender.
    5. All relay teams MUST have a minimum of three girls/boys.

    6km school relay

    1. Relay will consist of 6 consecutive laps of a 1km course.
    2. 6km Relay teams can be made up of any year group or gender ratio (there is no required minimum of year/gender, e.g., relay teams can be boys only).
    3. Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 runners per team.

    Relay Rules

    1. Remove all bibs worn by individual team members in previous races and ensure these are kept clear of the timing equipment.
    2. Relay team co-ordinators not to have Individual team members bibs in bags or pockets at relay team tent. Please leave at the top of the hill.
    3. All teams are required to list their starting order by 12.30pm on race day (an official form is supplied in your relay race number bag).
    4. In all scenarios a runner must complete a minimum of one full lap. If for some reason the runner cannot complete his/her lap, the runner listed on the next lap must run back and tag them. They then proceed to complete the injured runners lap before commencing their own lap(s).
    5. Runners can complete more than one lap consecutively.
    1. Runners can run in any order in terms of year and gender.
    2. All runners in a relay team must be wearing their individual race wristband for the relay.
    1. The relay will be electronically timed.
    2. Each relay team will be issued with a baton (27.5cm).
    3. Pacing during the relay is strictly not permitted.
    4. There will be NO hurdle in the relay course.