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

Neon Night Walk 2019

Neon Night Walk 2019

5 Oct 2019

Porirua

Get your glow on and join our team at the Neon Night Walk this October! Join our team and help to raise awareness and funds for mental health! #Glow4Good.
Auckland Marathon 2019

Auckland Marathon 2019

20 Oct 2019

Get your sweat on for mental health! Join the our team this October to raise funds and awareness for the cause.
Waikato Summer Sizzler 2020

Waikato Summer Sizzler 2020

11 Jan 2020

Mangakino

Take in the beauty of the area surrounding lakes Whakamaru and Maraetai; 6km, 11km or 22km.
Wellington Round the Bays 2020

Wellington Round the Bays 2020

16 Feb 2020

Wellington

There are five different courses to suit all abilities and age ranges, from a 6.5 km Fun Run to a Half Marathon course.
Auckland Round the Bays 2020

Auckland Round the Bays 2020

8 Mar 2020

Auckland

Starting in Quay Street and finishing in St Heliers Bay the course is 8.4 km and you can walk, jog, skip, hop or run it!
The Dual 2020

The Dual 2020

21 Mar 2020

Motutapu Island

Join the race that's saving Auckland's island sanctuary, Motutapu.
Rotorua Marathon 2020

Rotorua Marathon 2020

2 May 2020

Rotorua

Full marathon, half marathon or 5km fun run on offer, through the beautiful landscapes of Rotorua.
Hawkes Bay Marathon 2020

Hawkes Bay Marathon 2020

16 May 2020

Napier

A beautiful run along the Napier waterfront, Hawke's Bay cycle trails and country roads.
Wellington Marathon 2020

Wellington Marathon 2020

1 Jul 2020

Wellington

With a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and the Kids' Magic Mile, there's something for everyone.

South Island

Queenstown Marathon 2019

Queenstown Marathon 2019

16 Nov 2019

Queenstown

Run the Queenstown Marathon in 2019 and raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.
City2Surf 2020

City2Surf 2020

22 Mar 2020

Christchurch

The City2Surf Fun Run is the South Island's largest participation event.
Three Peaks 2020

Three Peaks 2020

29 Mar 2020

Dunedin

The Three Peaks Mountain Running Race is a 26km endurance event with incredible views.
Christchurch Marathon 2020

Christchurch Marathon 2020

31 May 2020

Auckland

Join us at the Christchurch Marathon! The course will take you on a scenic tour through Hagley Park, the Avon River and the Red Zone.

International

Berlin Marathon 2020

Berlin Marathon 2020

27 Sep 2020

Berlin

Join our Berlin Marathon team in 2020! The course is considered to be the fastest in the world and is a popular event for both runners and spectators.
Morocco Challenge 2020

Morocco Challenge 2020

8 Sep 2020

Morocco

Join our team travelling to Morocco to summit Mt Toubkal for mental health. While you explore Morocco’s rich culture and rugged landscapes, you will be helping to raise vital funds to support our work.
New York Marathon 2020

New York Marathon 2020

1 Nov 2020

New York

Run the five boroughs of New York for the Mental Health Foundation!
Paris Marathon 2020

Paris Marathon 2020

5 Apr 2020

Paris, France

Run for mental health at the Paris Marathon in 2020! It's considered to be one of the most scenic marathons as the course takes you across the city of light, with spectacular views along the way!

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

Meet some of our fundraisers

"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

"I've decided to raise some moolah for The Mental Health Foundation of NZ so that one day, everyone in NZ can get access to the help they need when they need it." - Sarah. Ran the Auckland Marathon 2017 for the MHF.

"I was excited at the thought of the challenge, of an inspiration to help me get my life back on track, and above all the chance to raise money for mental health." - Claire.  Running the New York Marathon 2018 for the MHF.

“By running with the Mental Health Foundation I hope to spread awareness and understanding and let people know that there is always someone to talk to.”  - Zaimon.  Ran the Queenstown Marathon for the MHF.

"Mental health impacts people in so many ways, each different, each unique. I run to prove that you can do anything you want to when you put your mind to it." - Mark. Ran the Auckland Marathon 2017 for the MHF

“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.