IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to COVID-19 and MOH guidelines around public gatherings, this event may be cancelled or postponed. If you have already signed up to fundraise for us, someone from our friendly fundraising team will be in touch.
Get your sweat on and raise funds for mental health!
Join our team to show your support and aroha for Kiwis living with mental health problems right now.
With more than half of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetime, every dollar raised helps us boost the wellbeing of people across Aotearoa and makes sure no one has to face tough times alone.
The marathon course starts in picturesque Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore, crosses the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, through Westhaven Marina and along the waterfront to St Heliers before returning runners back to a grand finale at Victoria Park. You don’t need to be a runner to sign up to join the team! You can run or walk whatever distance best suits you, with a full marathon, half marathon and 11km course on offer.
We will gift our ASB Auckland Marathon 2020 team with:
- A special ‘I’m sweating for mental health’ running t-shirt when you raise $500
- A fundraising how-to guide and regular tips from your very own fundraising trainer
- Compliments. Actual stickers you can stick around the office and on your clothing to remind you how awesome you are or give away to the people who donate to your efforts
- Kai! While you’re running we’ll be on BBQ duty. High fives, warm fuzzies, sausages (or vegan patties) and a cold non-alcoholic beverage await you at the finish line
So, what are you waiting for? Simply set up a fundraising page today and then purchase your ticket. We'll then be in touch!
If I set up an online fundraising page, am I automatically entered into the race?
No, you will need to purchase your entry separately. You can purchase your entry here - opens Feb 18.
I have purchased my entry for ASB Auckland Marathon, can I still run for Mental Health Foundation?
Yes, we'd be super stoked to have you running (or walking) for Team Mental Health Foundation. Simply create your fundraising page here.
I have never run before, do I have to do the full marathon?
No, there are several distances that you can enter to suit your fitness level and still be a part of Team Mental Health Foundation. The ASB Auckland Marathon has the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21kms), 11km Traverse, or Family 5km. You can walk, jog, or run any distance - click here for more information!
I've never fundraised before, how do I start?
Don't worry about it! We'll be there with you every step of the way with fundraising tips and ideas. The simplest way to get started is to share your online fundraising page to your social media or in an email.
We've also created an amazing Fundraising Toolkit that is filled to the brim with ideas and examples to take you from 0 to 100. Check out the Fundraising Toolkit and resources!
How much does it cost to enter?
It depends on the distace you are entering - check out the entry information here.
What is the fundraising target?
You can set your own target on your online fundraising page. We suggest $250 to keep it simple, $500 to challenge yourself, or $1000 to go the extra mile (or kilometre).
How do I join the team to fundraise?
To join Team Mental Health Foundation, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Set up your online fundraising page (click here!)
2. Share your page to let others know you're sweating for mental health
3. Hit the streets and get training for the big race
Anyone can join the team, so challenge your friends and family to take part with you this November. You can enter into any distance that works for your fitness level - there is the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), 11km Traverse, and Family 5km.
Help us improve the wellbeing of Kiwis
With your generosity, we can
Around 1 in 5 of us will experience a mental health problem this year
Nearly 50% of us will experience a mental illness
in our lifetime
Our youth suicide rate
is the highest of 41
The money you fundraise will allow us to provide people with free information, resources and campaigns covering the A-Z of mental health and wellbeing topics. It will also help us advocate for helpful and hopeful policies and services for people living with mental illness.
Meet some amazing folks who raised serious funds
"Mental health is a major issue in New Zealand, with 1 in 5 kiwis suffering. I'm inspired by the work of The Mental Health Foundation of NZ and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Auckland Half Marathon"
“This cause is one dear to my heart. Everyone knows someone impacted
"I am passionate about improving the awareness around Mental Health, and in turn encourage those who find themselves in need of help to ask for it"