Run for mental health

Being active is great for your mental health. Set yourself a challenge, set up an online fundraising page and sweat it for mental health!

What kind of walking or running event would you like to be a part of? Whether its a fancy dress fun-run/walk or a fully fledged marathon there's a whole range of events across Aotearoa you can join to get your heart pumping and fundraise for mental health. Scroll through to see what's coming up in your part of the country and click on the event to find out how to get involved. For the travellers among you, we've picked some famous international marathons at the bottom of the page to tickle your fancy.

North Island

Waikato Summer Sizzler 2020

Waikato Summer Sizzler 2020

11 Jan 2020

Mangakino

Wellington Round the Bays 2020

Wellington Round the Bays 2020

16 Feb 2020

Wellington

Auckland Round the Bays 2020

Auckland Round the Bays 2020

8 Mar 2020

Auckland

The Dual 2020

The Dual 2020

21 Mar 2020

Motutapu Island

Rotorua Marathon 2020

Rotorua Marathon 2020

2 May 2020

Rotorua

Hawkes Bay Marathon 2020

Hawkes Bay Marathon 2020

16 May 2020

Napier

Wellington Marathon 2020

Wellington Marathon 2020

1 Jul 2020

Wellington

South Island

City2Surf 2020

City2Surf 2020

22 Mar 2020

Christchurch

Three Peaks 2020

Three Peaks 2020

29 Mar 2020

Dunedin

Christchurch Marathon 2020

Christchurch Marathon 2020

31 May 2020

Auckland

Dunedin Marathon 2020

Dunedin Marathon 2020

1 Sep 2020

Dunedin

International

Paris Marathon 2020

Paris Marathon 2020

5 Apr 2020

Paris, France

Morocco Challenge 2020

Morocco Challenge 2020

8 Sep 2020

Morocco

Berlin Marathon 2020

Berlin Marathon 2020

27 Sep 2020

Berlin

Editing your page

Once you've set up your online fundraising page for any of our Run For Mental Health Events it's easy to make it your own by adding your own personal touch. You can add pictures, change the text, add a profile picture, and even change the donation prompts for your supporters. Head over to our Online Fundraising page for full instructions.

Meet some of our runners

"I'm running to raise money and awareness for The Mental Health Foundation of NZ - it's part of my goal to draw attention to the mental health issues my peers and I face as musicians and as part of the stressful and unforgiving entertainment industry."

Daniel, Auckland Marathon 2018

"Poor mental health effects so many people in my community I felt very strongly that I wanted to be part of the solution and by fundraising I feel that the donations I can receive will go towards helping many amazing people."

Michele, Inca Trail 2019

“This cause is one dear to my heart. Everyone knows someone impacted someway or another by mental illness and I, personally, have seen far too many people close to me affected by it.” 

Holly, Auckland Marathon 2018

"I am aware how many people are touched by mental health in New Zealand. We see this not only in the media, but in our community. I hope that fundraising can help in some way and that my taking part has helped raise awareness."

Fiona, Neon Night Walk | Run 4 Good 2018

If you have a fundraising enquiry about running for mental health fill out this form or call 09 623 4810 ext 855

“1 in 5 of us will experience mental illness in our life, yet not many of us talk about it when we are not doing well. I am running in support of the Mental Health Foundation and the work they do to increase awareness, end discrimination, and advocate on behalf of mental health service users.”

Mark, ran the Auckland Marathon 2017 for the MHF