April 17 2012
Looking for a fitness goal this winter? Then get running or walking and join more than 4000 others for Wellington’s Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon event.
Established in 1986 by the Wellington Marathon Clinic, the Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon has been the Capital’s major mid-winter event for more than two decades. But in recent years it has become New Zealand’s fastest growing marathon event, with more than 4000 people from a dozen countries and all ends of New Zealand toeing the start line.
Race director Sally Anderson says the success behind the annual event is simple. Along with the scenic and achievable course, they cater for people of all age and ability. As well as the feature Armstrong Motor Group Full Marathon (42.2k), the event also includes the Shoe Clinic Half Marathon (21.1k), the adidas 10K and the Classic Hits Kids’ Magic Mile.
“People come from different fitness backgrounds and have different goals,” says Anderson. “Not everyone has the time or inclination to train for a marathon, but most people could achieve a half marathon or a 10k, and the Kids’ Magic Mile means families can set fitness goals together.”
A big part of people’s motivation every year is raising funds for the event’s charity partner, the Heart Foundation. In 2011 more than $8000 was raised, principally through the Heart Foundations “Heart Racer” programme where entrants can sign up sponsorships from friends and family.
Race day is scheduled for Sunday June 24. All entries prior to April 1 go into a draw for gym memberships at Habit Health and Fitness and training packages from Altitude Incorporated. All finishers go into a draw for a free trip to the 2013 London Marathon.
Pick up an entry form at Shoe Clinic stores nationwide, or enter online at www.wellingtonmarathon.co.nz.