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Editorial

Queenstown Marathon 2019

November 11 2019 by Nicole Fairweather- Race Director, Queenstown Inte

Whether you are a volunteer or a participant in the event on Saturday – Have a wonderful day!!

Leaving a legacy in the local community is a huge part of the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon and it is often through the interaction with volunteers that the community benefits most, long after the event has wrapped up for another year.

In the five-year history of the event, community groups have benefited to the tune of $65,000 and it is that collaborative approach that motivates many of the volunteers to return year upon year to deliver a wonderful experience for the thousands of visitors to the region.

Andi ‘P’ is one of those amazing local volunteers, the Alpine Health and Fitness Gym trainer has managed Aid Station 10 for every Queenstown Marathon and will once again be there to enhance the experience for the thousands who will run, jog and walk past her team.

“It is a way for everyone to be involved in the event and give back, to strengthen those ties between the event and the community. And because I work in the fitness community but don’t have time to train, I still want to be part of the event, so it is a way for me to support the fitness community without having to train.

“I teach a class for over 65’s and this is a huge way for them to be involved and not have to do anything too physical. I have a core group of volunteers that return each year, it is great for them, they know a lot of the runners and the flip side is the runners love hearing familiar voices shout out their names.”

The groups engaged with the race in 2019 are set to receive $20,000 dollars in support:
Queenstown Scouts, Arrowtown Cubs, WHS Aspen Fundraising, Queenstown Tennis Club, Queenstown Pedallers, WHS Touch, WHS Volleyball, SIT, Alpine Fitness, Queenstown Tennis Club, Cancer Society, WHS Netball Club, WHS Senior Basketball, CAB, Wakatipu Rowing Club, Wakatipu Rangers, Queenstown Preschool and Nursery, Queenstown Community Patrol, Queenstown Gymnastics Club, and the Inner Wheel who will look after traffic marshalling.

Many of the relationships are long term and are crucial to the supply of volunteers that makes the event possible.

It is extremely important for us to not pay lip-service to our volunteers; they are the lifeblood of the event industry. People lead busy lives and increasingly have limited time available, so it is important the relationship delivers a return to the community groups and clubs that they represent, putting a measurable value on their contribution.

For the event organisers it gives us a platform to reward that commitment and make a difference in the community, often in a very tangible and visible way throughout the year. The backing of Skyline as official volunteer partner helps us strengthen that link with the community and the individuals, with the gifting of an annual gondola pass to all volunteers.

Thank you everyone who helps make the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon the incredible event it has become and for everyone participating this weekend, GOOD LUCK!!

Nicole Fairweather- Race Director, Queenstown International Marathon

- Nicole Fairweather- Race Director, Queenstown Inte
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