Coming up next:
We are always training for that next event. The Half Marathoners have the option to turn off part way through the marathon training routes and return to the Y. With the postponement of Rotorua Marathon until September 17th The focus switched to one of New Zealand's most affordable marathons. The 8th Continent Marathon was an enjoyable event for everyone involved on the day. Thanks to Andy Harper and the dedicated team of volunteers the competitors really appreciated having the opportunity to walk or run a marathon or half marathon in central Auckland.
Details on Septembers Rotorua Marathon and the Auckland Marathon build-up will be available here soon. More details on the Programs Tab.
Thursday evenings 10k Summer Series in the Auckland Domain is a great way to maintain some kind of fitness before that next event. Sam Walker continues to set the standard in the 10k and Melissa Kendall is enjoying some good form in either distance event. Thank you to our wonderful marshals for helping to keep our competitors safe and steer them in the right direction.
It will not be long now until we can welcome people along to our annual WhyWomenRun event in the Auckland Domain. Refer to the Events Tab for more details. Previous results YMCA Marathon/WhyWomenRun-5k-and-10k/ WhyWomenRun on Sunday May 15 2022.
Check the latest updates facebook/Auckland-YMCA-Marathon-Club-NZ-Official or see more here:
Enquire about the discounted event entries which are often available to our Club Members.
Marathon Club Championship events for 2022 include:
Nov 19 Kerikeri-Half-Marathon
More details are available from the Events tab on our website. Contact us: run@ymcaMarathon.org.nz
Welcome to New Zealand's Foremost Marathon Running Club
The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club is New Zealand's foremost marathon running and walking club - and has been since 1977. We have one purpose... helping runners and walkers just like you achieve your distance running and walking goals.
Every new member that has followed our training programme has successfully made it across the finish line of their first marathon or half-marathon. And we've been going since 1977 so that's quite an achievement.
Our secret weapon in achieving this remarkable feat is our pack running system which follows Arthur Lydiard's formula "that long, even-pace running at a strong speed produces increased strength and endurance... and is beneficial to regular competition."
Each pack runs at a set pace and you choose the pack best suited to your ability and fitness level.
(keep up if you can, sub 4:30/km)
Sunday running & walking times
We run & walk every Sunday morning at the times below. It pays to arrive 15 minutes early to get a park and get changed. We have great showers so bring a towel for after the run too.
In between build-ups the packs generally run for about 1 ½ hours. Don't worry if that sounds a lot more than you're used to or you're worried about holding the pack up - we stop for water every half hour, and traffic lights are always a great place for stragglers (of which there are many!) to catch up.
First-timers often say they ran further than they expected on their first time with us, but found it much easier than they expected.
You'll find we're very supportive, and you'll be amazed at how quickly you adapt to the longer distances.
During build-ups (see the ProgramsPage) we run set distances which start at 21km and build up to 33km for marathon training. Most packs also have a sub-group not wanting to do the full marathon build-up and they run a shorter distance each Sunday - so if 33km sounds intimidating, don't worry!
- From January to April...
- Runners - 7:00 am
- Walkers - 6:00 am (from 14 February - 18 April)
- From May to December...
- Runners - 8:00 am
- Walkers - 7:00 am (from 15 August - 17 October)