For the fitter among us, the 25K run is our signature event. Running from Orapiu wharf to Matiatia wharf, the course is hilly, particularly at the start, but that adds to the challenge of this longstanding favourite.
"Hi, I’m Louisa Currie. I am 45 years old, married for 20 years with two kids aged 14 and 12.
I live on the Kaipara Harbour in spectacular South Head – rivalled in beauty only by Waiheke Island!
In 2018, I did my first race in over 25 years: it was the Wharf2Wharf 12km walk. I used it as a benchmark to see where I was at in terms of fitness and strength.
Frankly it was awful. I thought I was going to die!
BUT it was a turning point in my life. That W2W event started a burn inside me to do better. I saw all these people taking part and having fun - big, small, old and young - and I thought, I can do this.
After the 2018 W2W, I signed up for the Auckland Half Marathon and walked that, then ran/walked the Waiheke Half in 2019, and ran/walked the Auckland Half in October with a resounding personal best.
In 2018 my W2W time was 2.12: in 2019 it was 1.45 - and I'm training now for a time closer to 1.30 by walking 6km loops around Te Rau Pururi Regional Park - hilly as anything!
My goal is to be first, second or third in the 12km walk in March. No pressure!" ...
Planning is well underway for what is arguably Waiheke’s most popular event – both for serious athletes and for those just wanting to keep fit or see a bit more of our beautiful island!
We’d love to encourage local community and sports groups to get involved. It’s a great excuse to continue fitness training over the summer break, and we have a huge range of spot prizes for team registrations.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Fullers360 Wharf2Wharf Waiheke When: Saturday 14 March 2020 Where: From Orapiu to Matiatia (and everywhere in between) Events: Full marathon, 25km, 12km, 5km and Kids’ Dash Early-bird: Closes midnight, 30 November 2019 Family deal: Every paying adult registration for the 5K event gets to bring a child along to run or walk for free After-party: It’s all happening at Matiatia - all afternoon - Saturday 14 March 2020 Registrations: www.wharf2wharf.co.nz
We’d love it if you could tag, share or forward this information within your local community, school or sports groups - the early-bird deals close at the end of December, so you don't want to miss out!
For more information, please check out the website www.wharf2wharf.co.nz, PM us or follow us on Facebook.
"Hello, I am Heidi Walsh from Virginia, USA. I only started running in 2000 and ran my first marathon - the Marine Corps Marathon (my husband Jerry is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer) - at 35 years old.
In 2007, I started training for the Miami Marathon in Florida but soon after, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My main concern was whether I would be able to keep training through my surgery and treatments because I did NOT want to miss the race or the trip with good friends from my running club.
Thanks to their support, three weeks after my last chemo treatment, I made the trek to Florida and completed the marathon.
I travel for work (and pleasure) and so I always look for local events wherever I go. As a result, I have completed races in Anchorage, Alaska; Death Valley, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Dingle, Ireland; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and now, New Zealand! I also ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 - the year of the bombing. I crossed the finish line and six minutes later, the bombs exploded. NOT an experience I hope to repeat...
Altogether, I’ve done 16 marathons, two 50km races and countless half marathons all over the U.S. and around the world.
I’m looking forward to running the Wharf2Wharf on Waiheke next March, and seeing all your beautiful scenery along the way (which will hopefully take my mind off the hills and the heat!). Knowing me, I will probably stop to take photos and chat with folks along the way!" ...
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Discounted Ferry Tickets
Fullers offer Discounted ferry tickets to all participants.
The Fullers Special charter sailing will depart Auckland early on the morning of the event, stopping at Matiatia to pick up Waiheke based competitors, then travel on to Orapiu. Discounted fares are available.
Marathon, 12Km or 5km event
Fullers offer discounts on normal scheduled sailings, with tickets valid from the Friday before the event, until the Monday after the event.