For over three decades, the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been an iconic event that unites athletes, promotes fitness, and showcases the beauty of Wellington. As the marathon gears up for its 36th year, participants are poised to embark on a thrilling journey through the city’s stunning landscapes. From its starting point at the renowned Sky Stadium to the breathtaking stretches through Scorching Bay and the Miramar Peninsula, this historic event continues to captivate runners and walkers alike.
Supported by Gazley Volkswagen, a company renowned for its commitment to the local community, this remarkable event has become a symbol of unity and endurance, attracting participants from more than 20 different countries.
Gazley Volkswagen has established itself as a pillar of community involvement, advocating for local businesses and supporting events that shape the vibrant atmosphere of Wellington. Their dedication to the Wellington Marathon is a testament to their unwavering commitment to fostering healthy lifestyles and uplifting the spirit of the community. Aaron Musgrove, representative of Gazley Volkswagen, expressed his enthusiasm, telling Update Wellington, “It’s a fantastic way to get immersed as a part of the Wellington community. We enjoy meeting the team and people we usually wouldn’t get to see. It’s a great day out.”
The Wellington Marathon, organised by Micheal Jacques of MDJ Media and Events, has become a highlight in the city’s event calendar. With a meticulously designed flat course, the marathon accommodates participants of all levels, ages, and aspirations. The race offers multiple options, including a full marathon, half marathon, 10km run, and a kids’ magic mile, ensuring that everyone can partake in this celebration of athleticism. Participants also have the opportunity to raise funds for New Zealand’s biggest killer, heart disease, making their involvement even more impactful.
The successful execution of the Wellington Marathon requires extensive planning and preparation. With costs surpassing $300,000, the event’s organisation demands dedicated efforts throughout the year. Michael Jacques, Event Organiser, shared insights into the marathon’s behind-the-scenes work, telling Update Wellington, “Half of it practically lives and dies on sponsorship, people like Gazley Volkswagen are huge for the event. They’ll have about 20 staff out there running the event, so they really get involved in the event and supporting it.”
Beyond being a test of physical endurance, the Wellington Marathon also plays a pivotal role in boosting the city’s reputation and economy. Drawing participants from around the world, the event welcomes runners from 20 countries, re-establishing international connections after the challenges posed by the pandemic. Michael Jacques highlighted the significance, states, “We believe the event benefits the city about $2,000,000 in terms of visitors coming in, spending money on hotel rooms, and food and things like that.” The marathon’s scenic route, coupled with its central location, offers participants and visitors an unparalleled experience, allowing them to explore Wellington’s beauty and immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere.
Gazley Volkswagen’s unwavering commitment to community support is further reflected through initiatives such as the “Support Local Project.” This project encourages the Wellington community to prioritise local businesses, nurturing the city’s unique charm and fostering economic growth. By championing these values, Gazley Volkswagen solidifies its position as an integral part of the Wellington community.
As the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon draws near, the excitement in the air is palpable. Participants from all walks of life will converge upon Wellington’s vibrant streets, forging bonds, overcoming personal challenges, and celebrating the indomitable spirit of athleticism. Gazley Volkswagen’s steadfast support and commitment to community involvement make this event not just a race but a testament to the enduring power of unity. As the starting line approaches, we extend our warmest wishes to all participants, hoping they find inspiration, achievement, and a renewed sense of community during this remarkable event.