Auckland Marathon 2020

1 November 2020

Have you experienced the incredible views from the top of the Harbour Bridge as you take on the ASB Auckland Marathon? Make it your next challenge and live your life without limits!

Despite the name, the Auckland Marathon is a race for everyone. Whether you’re putting on your running shoes for the first time in 20 years, or you’ve been talking about running a marathon for 20 years – this is your opportunity to make it happen! There’s a distance to suit everyone:

  • 42.2km full marathon
  • 42.2km wheelchair marathon
  • 21.1km half Marathon
  • 11km Traverse
  • Family 5km
    Runners and walkers welcomed for all distances.

Join the Blind Low Vision NZ team and you’ll make your race go way further than the finish line.

Raise money to support New Zealanders with vision loss and get some extra motivation for those cold mornings! As well as feeling incredible and pushing your limits, you’ll get:

  • A personalised online fundraising page
  • A Team Blind Low Vision NZ running shirt when you hit $250
  • An invitation to hear about the good work you’re doing (and even the chance to meet some of the guide dog puppies you’re helping)
  • Support out on the course from our cheer squad
  • Post-race hospitality (including four-legged supporters and a recovery massage)
  • Personalised fundraising support

If you’ve never fundraised before don’t worry, we’ll give you all the tools you need!

Join the team! It’s easy:

Step 1: Tell us you’re keen to run or walk for Blind Low Vision NZ

Step 2: Purchase your 2020 ASB Auckland Marathon entry

We’ll be in touch within 48 hours to give you all the info you need and answer any questions. Don’t worry, you won’t be locked into anything by completing this form!

If you have any quesitons in the meantime we’d love to hear from you. Contact our friendly team on 0800 120 254 or fundraise@blindlowvision.org.nz.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I have never run a race before! Can I take part?

A: Of course! The Auckland Marathon is suitable for all fitness levels, and walkers and runners. What matters is that the distance you choose a challenge to you – we’re all different!

Q: I have never raised money before, is it hard?

A: Fundraising is a really fun challenge that will make you feel great! We’ll give you an online fundraising page all the tools you need to feel confident asking friends and family to support you. We’ll also give you lots of great ideas for extra things you can do to boost your fundraising. We’ll also be on hand to answer any questions via phone, email, or video call.

Q: I am blind or have low vision, can you help find me a guide runner?

A: We can certainly try to help by reaching out to our network! In past years we have found guides for runners.

Q: Why are you asking runners to purchase their own places this year?

A: In previous years, we’ve purchased a package from the Auckland Marathon organisers that includes 30 entries to the race. The cost of the package is expensive and we want to see that money helping Kiwis who are blind or have low vision – just like you are with your fundraising. So this year, we’re trialing asking people to purchase their own entries to the race, and removing the $1,500 fundraising target. We think this will be a more inclusive team!

Q: What happens if the race is cancelled or postponed?

A: We are fairly confident the race will go ahead but if things change we will let you know and work out a solution with you so your fundraising efforts are recognised another way. In the event of a cancellation, the Auckland Marathon organsiers (Ironman) will send information about what happens to your race entry.

Fundraising doesn’t need to be scary! Check out these ideas from other Blind Low Vision NZ runners and walkers:

Alex and his mum wave their hands when they are running

12-year-old Alex and his mum, Gwyn, sizzled sausages at their local Mitre10 store – sometimes during torrential rain! They raised over $2,500 to breed and train guide dog puppies and completed their half marathon with smiles on their faces.

Duncan hold his metal at of Auckland Marathon

The 2018 Auckland Marathon was a special race for Duncan – his younger brother challenged him to do it, and at 50 it was his first-ever full marathon. Duncan made a huge difference for guide dogs by using email and social media to ask everyone he knew for a small gift. It worked wonderfully and Duncan raised over $5,500! (And he beat his brother on race day as well).

Lucy hold the support guide dog sign with a black guide dog at the Auckland Marathon

Lucy got creative and put on a morning yoga class. Her local yoga clothing store hosted the event and provided an instructor, and she even had a chef come and make acai bowls for brekkie afterwards. Lucy sold tickets to her friends, family, and colleagues and raised $600 from this event alone!

Tony wave his hand when he is running

Tony approached local businesses in Northland and asked them to donate prizes. He ended up with some amazing items to raffle including hotel accommodation, power tools, and experience vouchers. He sold raffle tickets on Facebook, to friends and family, and at work.