EVENTS AVAILABLE TO ACHILLES MEMBERS
Achilles New Zealand will have assistance available to members at all of the following events. If you would like to participate please make contact with the Achilles Contact listed and we will help to coordinate your entry requirements and match you up with either a guide, supporter or an athlete (whichever you require). On the day we'll arrange somewhere to meet up (before and after) and support you over whichever distance you choose.
CIGNA ROUND THE BAYS - February 18th 2018
The Cigna Round The Bays event, held in Wellington in late summer each year, is Achilles newest special annual event and has been made possible - with a huge vote of thanks - by primary event sponsors Cigna and the run organisers Sport Wellington who have bestowed the great honour of "Official Charity" to Achilles NZ.
This wonderful opportunity will not only enable Achilles NZ to significantly improve awareness of the difficulties faced by disabled athletes who wish to participate in mainstream events, and present numerous possibilities for fundraising towards other year-round activities, but the event itself will provide excellent facilities for any and all disabled athletes who may want to get involved. We would love to have you join us.
Rotorua Marathon - May 5th 2018
Run for Good
Set yourself a challenge for 2018! Why not enter the iconic Rotorua Marathon on 5 May, and at the same time raise funds for Achilles who are a Rotorua Marathon Charity Partner.
Achieve your best time, aim for a new distance, or even participate for the first time – you can walk or run and there is a course for every level - Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Fun Run! Enter as an individual, a family or a team, and join the wider Achilles team of runners and help fundraise to make a real difference to a great cause.
Once you’ve registered, it’s easy to set up your own or team fundraising page - do it here.
We hope to see you there, but for now, check out our Rotorua Marathon Highlights Video
Christchurch Marathon - June 3rd 2018
Hoka OneOne Taupo Marathon -August 5th 2018
This is a great event if you are going to New York this year. Falling at the right point in a training routine to check ones progress.
But if you just fancy a good run in near New Zealand's biggest lake and enjoy some Central North Island hospitality, this is an event for you.
Taupo Marathon - Saturday 5 August - Full, half, 10km and 5km. As in previous years, athletes receive a 10% discount and guides are free.
Two groups have been created for Achilles members to the event “Achilles Athletes” and “Achilles Guides”.
Go to the web site below:
When you go to the registration page select 'yes' for are you part of a group, then 'select series event individually' and select Taupo Marathon.
On the next page use the search to find Achilles and then select which group you belong to and then enter the password either “Athlete” of “Guide” respectively. NB – the entry system is case sensitive.
Then continue with your entry.
Have fun and good luck.
Hamilton Half & 10K - October 7th 2018
Since Peter and Yvonne Loft moved to Hamilton, Achilles has built a stronger relationship with the organisers of this event and Achilles now has special entry process.
This event consists of the Half, 10k and a 5K distances.
Fixed registration fee for ACHILLES ATHLETES!
Registrations are OPEN! There are some subtle differences for registering as an Athlete and Registering as a Guide.
For Achilles Athletes:
1. Click on Event Distance & it can either be Walk or Run (all pages contain the same information
2. Tick Achilles Athlete
3. Tick Wheelchair (if in one) otherwise tick no
4. Tick No to Guide
You will then be taken to Payments Page & the prices have been set up as follows:
Half Marathon $45.00, 10km $35.00, 5km $20.00
THESE FEES WILL REMAIN FIXED FOR ACHILLES ATHLETES UP TO ONE WEEK BEFORE THE EVENT DATE.
For Achilles Guides:
Go to Register Online www.hamiltonhalfmarathon.org.nz/register
1. Follow steps 1 to 3.
2. Answer no to Step 3
3.Tick Yes to Guide
Payments page will appear with entry free of charge.
As a guide your race number will be '0000'
Both the Half and 10km course have changed and the start / finish area has been moved and will be more accessible.
A special thanks to Lyn, John and the team for being so welcoming to Achilles guides and athletes and they have organised a nice sunny day this year!
Any questions about this event please contact Peter Loft:
firstname.lastname@example.org - 021 355 866
Keep up to date with any other announcements by requesting to join the Facebook group page for this event.
THE NEW YORK MARATHON IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS WITH OVER 50,000 PEOPLE RUNNING IN EARLY NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR.
NEW YORK MARATHON - Novemeber 4th 2018
The New York Marathon is a very special event for Achilles International. This is where Achilles founder, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, became the first amputee to complete the race - way back in 1976. It was this experience that drove him to create the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.
In 1985 Brian Froggatt, also an above knee amputee, from Dargaville became the first athlete with a disability to travel from New Zealand to run the New York Marathon with Achilles Track Club.
A few years later, in 1993, John Riley became our second above knee amputee to complete the New York Marathon along with his coach Peter Loft, both from Whangarei. When they returned from New York, John and Peter - along with Craig Jessop and Myles Flynn, and supported by Gina Flynn and Yvonne Loft - set up the Achilles Track Club New Zealand, based in Auckland.
Since then the New York Marathon has become an annual pilgrimage for Achilles NZ, having never missed a year and returning again in 2017 for the 24th time - with a group of very excited athletes and a crew of guides and supporters.