Sunday 31 October 2021

Run as a Charity Hero!


Get involved to help us raise our target of $1.2 million for New Zealand charities!

Last year ASB Auckland Marathon participants raised nearly $1 million and we want to better that in 2019!

Supporting charity in the event is about so much more than just the money you raise - it’s about the time and effort you put into supporting your cause and getting their message out there that makes a real difference.

There are 2 options available for you to run the ASB Auckland Marathon for your favourite charity – either through becoming a Charity Hero runner, or by simply raising funds for a cause close to your heart.

ASB Charity Hero Programme

Apply with one of our Official Charity Partners for an exclusive Charity Hero Race Package which includes the following benefits, in exchange for a minimum fundraising commitment:

  • Free entry into the race of your choice
  • Complimentary transport to the start line by ferry or bus
  • Exclusive Charity Hero branded race bib, so you stand out from the crowd!
  • Exclusive Charity Hero medal
  • Photo Booth Activation at the finish village
  • Post-race hospitality at your charity’s finish line marquee
  • Ongoing support, motivation and fundraising tips from your chosen Charity Partner.

These exclusive Charity Hero Packages are strictly limited, so get in touch with one of our Official Partner Charities below to apply for your place. You can also choose to start fundraising now as you register for the event by selecting to raise funds for one of our Partner Charities. You can always enquire about upgrading to be a Charity Hero later.



If your favourite charity is not listed below as a Charity Hero partner, then you can still run for charity. Simply go to the Auckland Marathon Fundraising Hub to search for your favourite charity and set up your fundraising page.

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Make your run count in 2019, but don’t forget to register to race!



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Every day, 63 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer. Join the Cancer Society team at this year’s ASB Auckland Marathon and make your run count for people with cancer and their families.

Your marathon effort will help provide information, nursing services, counselling, transport and more to people affected by cancer. You’ll also help fund ground-breaking research into new cancer treatments and cancer prevention campaigns in your community.

Cancer Society receives no government funding, and relies on amazing people like you to help people with cancer and their families. Join Cancer Society on the start line and make your run count! For further information on the work of the Cancer society, please visit or

To apply for a charity hero place with the Cancer Society click below.

Run for Cancer Society


Silver - CatWalk

Imagine a world free from spinal cord injury paralysis. This is the vision of The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust and we need your help.

Since 2005 our mission has been to raise funds to support innovative, world-class spinal cord injury (SCI) research to repair damage and cure spinal cord injury. We are determined to translate these discoveries into treatments which restore movement, feeling and function to those injured. With targeted funding and global collaboration, research exploration will accelerate to enable those living with SCI to walk again.

Scientists agree unanimously, injured nerve cells in the spinal cord can be regenerated and “paralysis” following SCI will become a thing of the past. However researchers cannot make life-changing discoveries without you.

By supporting CatWalk as you take on the ASB Auckland Marathon, you help us to provide funding for innovative research, to acquire cutting-edge technology and to drive pioneering scientific exploration.

To apply for a Charity Hero place email or visit for more information.

Thank you!


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Silver - Starship

Every day extraordinary things happen at Starship. Join Team Starship for the 2019 Auckland Marathon and be extraordinary too. You can choose your distance. You can run or walk. You can be an inspiration and make a real difference for Starship kids. Let's get going!

Every year Starship has over 130,000 patient visits from children from all over New Zealand. More than half of these children are below the age of five. The Starship Foundation raises funds so that Starship Children’s Health can better care for these young patients. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have helped enable better health and brighter futures for all of these children.

“Running the Auckland Marathon as a member of Team Starship was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and something I'll never forget. It provided a greater sense of purpose - and meant I was doing so much more than running for the sake of running.” Lee Stace, Team Starship 2016

We are raising money to help bring better health and brighter futures to our children and, if you're up for it, we'd love to have you on our team! To apply for a Charity Hero spot in Team Starship, please click the link below or email Fathin at

Run for Starship

Bronze - Youthline

Join Youthline’s 2019 “Team Helpline” and run or walk to support young people in New Zealand.

Each year the ASB Auckland Marathon is an integral part of our fundraising to keep our National Helpline services free for young people.  We do life-changing work through our Helpline; it is undoubtedly some our most important work we do in positively impacting Mental Health in NZ for young people.

Youthline Charity Hero benefits are:

  • FREE entry into your chosen event
  • Free Youthline Dri-Fit runners top  
  • Free transport services to the race start of your event (ferry or bus)    
  • Charity Hero medal for your event
  • Charity Hero branded race-bib so that you stand out for Youthline
  • Post-race hospitality at our Youthline marquee including food and refreshments for you and your family
  • A FREE MASSAGE at the end of your race at our marquee

Help us make a difference to hundreds of young people and join our team today!

To find out how to join our team head to our website -

Run for Youthline

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Bronze - Save The Children

We’re celebrating 100 years of Save the Children, a century of ensuring children attain the future they deserve.

We work tirelessly every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm and this year we’re looking for Charity Heroes like you!

Dedicate your run to Save the Children and help raise vital funds to ensure children in emergencies survive and are protected.

Join Team Save and enjoy the VIP Experience

  • Free entry to the race of your choice
  • Race Day Transport, Charity Hero medal and photo
  • Team Save gear, training and fundraising support
  • VIP incentives including post-race hospitality at our tent
  • and the knowledge that every dollar you raise is transforming the lives of children and the future we share

Are you a champion fundraiser or a runner looking for an even greater challenge?

Talk to us about fundraising and race travel packages – is a location marathon on your bucket list?

Together let’s do whatever it takes for children!

For more info click below or email

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Bronze - Blind Foundation Guide Dogs

It takes two years of specialist care and training for puppies to become guide dogs. With three more people being told they’re losing their sight every day, the need for guide dogs is growing fast.

You will be supporting the breeding and training of future guide dogs and helping fellow New Zealanders live their life without limits.

As part of Team Guide Dogs you will receive:

  • A Team Guide Dogs running singlet and training t-shirt
  • An exclusive invite to our guide dog centre in Auckland and the opportunity to meet some of the guide dog puppies you’ll be helping
  • The chance for you and your supporters to join us at the finish line for food, drinks and a massage from our team physio.
  • Expert fundraising advice
  • A free training guide for your chosen distance

 Your support will transform lives, join Team guide Dogs today! To apply for a Charity Hero place email

Run for Blind Foundation Guide Dogs

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Bronze - Mental Health Foundation

Get your sweat on and raise funds for mental health at the ASB Auckland Marathon 2019! Join our team to show your support and aroha for Kiwis living with mental health problems right now. With nearly half of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetimes, every dollar raised helps us boost the wellbeing of people across Aotearoa and makes sure no one has to face tough times alone.

We will gift our ASB Auckland Marathon 2019 team with:

  • A special ‘I’m sweating for mental health’ running t-shirt as a reminder that what you’re doing is also benefitting your own mental health and wellbeing.
  • A fundraising how-to guide and regular tips from your very own fundraising trainer.
  • Team training meet-ups – to meet new friends and get motivation (and coffee!)
  • Compliments. Actual stickers you can stick around the house 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. Go on, give us a run for your money!

To join the team, visit

*Fundraising target applies.

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Bronze - Diabetes NZ

Diabetes is a long-term, serious condition, which can affect anybody, from kids to the elderly. 94,000 people in Auckland live with diabetes. This includes children and adults living 24/7 with type 1 diabetes.  Each day more people are being diagnosed.   

Please join Team Diabetes and be a part of enhancing and improving the lives of people at risk of diabetes or those who are living with the daily challenge of diabetes.    

Your funds will help to provide life-changing work in the community educating, testing and supporting individuals, whanau and entire communities as many learn how to prevent type 2 or learn how to live with confidence with a chronic medical condition.   

Run as a Charity Hero for Diabetes NZ - Auckland Branch and you will receive:

  • Free entry into the race of your choice
  • Complimentary transport to the start line by ferry or bus
  • Exclusive Charity Hero branded race bib, so you stand out from the crowd!
  • Exclusive Charity Hero medal
  • Photo Booth Activation at the finish village
  • Post-race hospitality in our marquee on the finish line 
  • Ongoing support, motivation and fundraising tips

We would love you to join Team Diabetes, raise awareness and make a real difference through your fundraising efforts!  Diabetes NZ - Auckland receives no government funding to support our services.

For more information on applying for a charity hero place please email or visit


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Bronze - St John Northern Region

St John is New Zealands number one emergency Ambulance Service. Available to all in need 24/7. Join the St John Lifesavers Team this year at the ASB Auckland Marathon and make a lifesaving difference.

By joining the team, you will help not only the emergency ambulance service, but you will also support St John community programmes. For further information about the work St John does, please visit

We are a charity and we need to raise $56 million a year – just to keep the service running! We rely on the goodwill of New Zealanders to keep going.

Get onboard as a St John Charity Hero and stand with us on our mission – to save lives! There are limited Charity Hero packages. To sign up click below.


Bronze - Red Cross

In an ever-changing world, Red Cross is needed now more than ever.

As part of Team Red Cross, you'll help the people who need it most at home and overseas - people affected by conflict or disaster, in vulnerable situations and fleeing persecution and violence.

By joining our team, you’re challenging yourself but you will also become part of the largest humanitarian network in the world.
You’ll walk away with some new like-minded friends, and knowing that you have really made a difference.

New Zealand Red Cross Charity Hero Benefits:

  • Free entry into the race of your choice
  • Complimentary transport to the start line
  • An exclusive Charity Hero race bib
  • An exclusive Charity Hero medal
  • A Red Cross branded breathable t-shirt, so everyone will know you’re a superstar supporter
  • Post-race massage at our finish line marquee
  • Post-race hospitality and goodie-bag
  • Exclusive Charity Hero Photo Booth activation
  • Ongoing training and fundraising support

For information on joining Team Red Cross, contact:


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Bronze - Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s heart health charity, leading the fight against our country’s single biggest killer – heart disease.

Heart disease claims the lives of more than 6,300 Kiwis every year – that’s more than one person every 90 minutes. Become a Heart Racer and help us save the lives of people we love.

Funds raised by our amazing Heart Racers will help fund cutting-edge heart research and specialist training for New Zealand cardiologists, so they can bring their new skills back into the community and save lives.

As a Heart Racer in the ASB Auckland Marathon 2019 you’ll be running for the Heart Foundation with a special group of people, making every step count:

  • receive expert training and regular support, including running, walking and cross-training tips from a professional personal trainer
  • receive nutrition tips from a registered dietician
  • receive a “Heart Racer” running t-shirt to wear proudly once you receive your first donation
  • receive an online toolkit with ongoing support, motivation and fundraising tips and advice to help you reach your fundraising goals
  • A hive of activity awaiting you at the Heart Foundation marquee once you cross the finish line. Our hungry competitors will enjoy a well-deserved heart healthy BBQ, cold drinks and a much-needed massage.

We’d love to have you on board! By becoming a Heart Foundation Heart Racer you’ll be helping to make more life-saving research into heart disease possible.




Bronze - KidsCan


When it comes to education, 254,000 Kiwi kids don’t line up on the start line with their peers. Poverty holds them back. They arrive at school without the basics, like food and warm clothes, that they need before they can focus on learning. KidsCan is running for them. Join us! 

KidsCan provides breakfast, hot lunches, nourishing snacks, warm jackets, sturdy shoes and essential health items like sanitary products to 740 schools nationwide. Our programmes boost attendance and participation, and improve students’ wellbeing. We also have a new programme supporting pre-schoolers to get the best start in life. We do this because education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. We will help break the cycle of hardship by removing barriers to learning.  

It’s our first year being part of the Auckland Marathon, and we’d love you to run or walk with a very enthusiastic KidsCan team. Help us create brighter futures for Kiwi kids in need. To join our Charity Hero team, visit:

Join team KidsCan for the 2019 Auckland Marathon and help kids in hardship with every step you take. 

Your support will provide nourishing food, warm clothing and essential health items - so kids can just focus on school. 


 Run for KidsCan

Sun, 31 Oct 2021