Over 15,000 runners, walkers and (for the first time) wheelchair athletes of all ages and abilities will line up across the five events on offer at the 2018 ASB Auckland Marathon on Sunday morning. This year runners from as far afield as Great Britain, Germany, China, Malaysia, Japan and Australia will join the thousands of Kiwis on course.
First away on Sunday morning is the pilot wheelchair marathon, with the gun going at 5:55am on King Edward Parade in Devonport, with the first finishers expected over the line in Victoria Park in just under two hours.
The ASB Auckland Marathon will again raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, with ASB supporting the Charity Hero programme, encouraging runners to sign up to one of the official Charity Hero partner charities and do all they can to raise money for that cause. The total raised so far is close to $800,000, leaving a wonderful legacy in the community long after the runners have left the bridge behind for another year.
For this year's event, we've also launched the ASB Marathon Effort. This means for every minute a participant is on course, we’ll match it with a minute of our own volunteer work. If enough Kiwis get involved, the community will benefit from thousands of hours of community service. To sign up visit: www.asbmarathoneffort.co.nz
There is plenty of activity on the course to spur on runners and entertain supporters and our team will be there on the day!