ASB Auckland Marathon
Sunday 20 October 2019

Make running or walking the ASB Auckland Marathon your next challenge!

There’s a distance to suit everyone: full marathon (42km), wheelchair marathon, half marathon (21km), 12km Traverse, and Family 5km.

Whether you’re at the very beginning of your fitness journey or are a seasoned pro, there’s a place for you on Team Guide Dogs!

Fundraising as part of Team Guide Dogs will make your race go way further than the finish line. As part of Team Guide Dogs, you’ll get:

  • A personalised online fundraising page
  • An invitation to meet some of the puppies you’re helping
  • A Team Guide Dogs running shirt or singlet if you raise more than $450
  • Post-race hospitality (including four-legged supporters and a recovery massage)
  • An ASB Auckland Marathon medal

Plus, if you raise more than $1,500 you’ll also get:

  • FREE entry into the race (or a refund if you’ve already bought your entry)
  • A special Charity Hero race number so other runners know how awesome you are
  • An extra Team Guide Dogs Charity Hero medal as a lasting reminder of your support.

Fundraising doesn’t need to be scary! Check out these ideas from some members of Team Guide Dogs 2018:

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.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hannah on 0800 120 254 or fundraise@blindfoundation.org.nz