'WhyWomenRun' Womens Event

2019 Preliminary Event Information

Sunday 13 October 2019 (postponed from 12 May). 5 km, 10 km & junior dash.

Why do women run? For fitness, for fun, for freedom! When you're running your time is your own and WhyWomenRun wants to help you celebrate that. This run's for you.

The 42nd annual Y Women's Event - WhyWomenRun - will be attracting both the serious competitive racer and the occasional runner/walker to participate on Sunday 13 October 2019.

WhyWomenRun provides an event that encourages women of all ages, from all walks of life and with varying levels of fitness, to enjoy the experience of completing a 5 km or 10 km race in a friendly, non-confrontational environment.

Main Events: 10 km run/walk, 5 km run/walk.

Other Activities: Junior dash (girls and boys) will be run at 10:30 AM after the women's events.

Venue: Auckland Domain Grandstand

Date: Sunday 13 Oct 2019

Start Times: Walkers start at 9:00 AM, runners at 9:30 AM, junior dash at 10:30 AM. We recommend arriving at least half an hour before your start.

Safety:  Walkers/runners must keep to the left hand footpath at all times unless otherwise directed by an Event Marshal. Failure to stay on the footpaths will result in disqualification from the event

Car parking: Car parking will be available.

Prizes:  Major prize is a trip for one to the New Caledonia Marathon 2020, flights ex Auckland and 3 nights’ accommodation with marathon (or half) entry. Other prizes include products from Asics and lots, lots more! Major spot prizes will be drawn at the Awards Ceremony which will commence at 11:00am. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM ANY OF THESE PRIZES. The course director will collect numbers from any entrant who has not finished their event at that time.


  • Women's 10 km & 5 km walk/run: $20
  • Girl's (15 and under) 10 km & 5 km walk/run: $10
  • Late entries will be available on the day.
  • Late entry fee after Thursday 10th Oct: $5
  • Junior Dash: Gold coin entry on the day

Online entry https://whywomenrun2019.lilregie.com/

Registration: Come in early on the Sunday morning to the venue - please allow plenty of time!

Route Map

Auckalnd Domain,


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For beginners who want to work up to running the event, here are two training programmes - one for the 5 km and one for the 10 km...


If you have any questions about the event, just contact us, we are happy to answer! run@ymcaMarathon.org.nz