Calling all dog lovers, Sunday 22 September launches the inaugural off-road walking/running event ‘The 4 Paws Marathon’, a first for New Zealand and, according to event organiser and Sport and Exercise Medicine Specialist, Dr John Molloy, a first for the world.
John, who has run more than 80 marathons, loves running with his dogs. He describes the event as a celebration of ‘exercise is medicine’, as well as being a salute to our best friend and loyal exercise ally. “People with dogs get more exercise; they keep us more active. A dog is a portrait of our own fitness levels,” John says.
Designed for all fitness levels, the soft-under-foot marathon starts and finishes at Bottle Lake Forest, and comprises four popular distances – the Full Marathon (42.2km); the Half Marathon (21.1km); the 10km run; and the “fun for everyone” 5km run.
John encourages people to give it a go. “We’re becoming too sedentary, so we need to find ways to keep more active but enjoy it at the same time.”
The 4 Paws Marathon has garnered much attention, with more than 145 entrants already registered from here and overseas, to date. With St Johns Ambulance, Animal Management and Ourvets to be there on the day, the marathon is a well-supported event. “The key message is that this is a fun, enjoyable event in a safe atmosphere,” John says.
And yes, he does expect his dogs, Walter and Summer, to be running with him. Just try and stop them!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.4pawsmarathon.co.nz.
Ashburton’s Lake Hood is the picturesque location for a run with heart – both figuratively and literally.
One of several events across New Zealand supporting the Heart Foundation, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12 May 2019! Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming the lives of one New Zealander every 90 minutes. The fact that this event corresponds with Mother’s Day is not lost on organisers, with heart disease claiming the lives of more than 3000 women every year.
Jennian Homes has been a loyal supporter of the Heart Foundation for almost a decade, in the fight to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and to enable those with heart disease to live full lives.
Now in its eighth year, the run is offering families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active and support the Heart Foundation along the way. The event will start at 9am on Sunday 12 May and entries include a free t-shirt for each attendee (sizes available will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last).
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.jennianmothersday.com.
Colour and life are being injected into the city’s infamous ‘red zone’ for the first time since February 2011.
The Colour Zone Run will bring much more than red to the residential red zone, in fact, all the colours of the rainbow will be on display on Sunday 25 November.
The 5km run/walk will see participants blasted with colour from all angles, with the opportunity to roll through colour or just get your friends covered in colour. Fun is after all, the name of this red zone game.
Headed by the team behind 15 action-packed events throughout the city – CJM’s Events – you can expect a colourful day out for the whole family, organiser John Moore says. “It will be full of surprises,” he says of the bursts of colour that could hit you at any moment.
“We were throwing around ideas for where we could hold a colour run and it was a great opportunity to bring some colour and life back into the residential red zone. It’s a great location for something like this. Many people haven’t been back into this area of the city since the earthquakes.”Despite bringing real colour back to what’s been known as the red zone, it is about so much more than just a colour run. John says it will be a great day out for families, with an after-party to remember.
For more information and to enter, visit www.colourzonerun.co.nz.