The ASB Auckland Marathon, New Zealand’s premier road race, is set to launch over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge for the 2016 edition on Sunday 30 October.
Organisers have announced the date to again host the ASB Auckland Marathon, the Barfoot & Thompson Half Marathon, the 12k Traverse, the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge and the Kids Marathon.
“We were pleased with the level of entries last year despite the clash with the Rugby World Cup final. We are expecting entry levels to return to that of previous years,” said Event Director, Michelle Nauer.
“We have traditionally reached maximum numbers for some of the event distances and we would recommend participants to enter early to avoid disappointment.”
A key part will be the charity programme that raised more than $1 million from last year’s event.
The charity programme will again be managed globally by the Realbuzz Group, who look after the programme at the London Marathon among others.
“Marathons around the world have incorporated raising money for charity as a key element and we are absolutely delighted with the development of this important element in the ASB Auckland Marathon.
“Our partners in this initiative work with leading charities around New Zealand as well as further afield on the Golden Charity programme.
“We are very happy with the progress so far at the ASB Auckland Marathon and ultimately we would love to see every runner do a little for a charity to continue to raise millions of dollars for good causes throughout the country and beyond.”
There were 31 official charity partners in the programme last year with more than 1000 participants in the ASB Auckland Marathon competing for charities.
The organisers said a number of competitors had close affiliations with their causes, which also acted as an incentive for them to participate.