What is The Pink Star Walk?

The Pink Star Walk is a fundraising walk for men, women and children of all ages and fitness levels in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch at dusk in support of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

When will the walk take place?

Auckland – Saturday 7th October 2017
Christchurch – Saturday 28th October 2017
Wellington – Saturday 11th November 2017

What time does The Pink Star Walk start and finish?

This year we have staggered the event start times according to the distance you are walking and the location. Please take a look in the event section of the website for details of all the event arrival times (events: Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington).

Please aim to arrive on time in order to prepare yourself for the walk and join in on pre-event festivities (it is imperative that you are at the pre-walk safety briefing which will start 30 mins after the arrival time).

Walking times vary greatly so we can’t say what time you will finish walking. The entertainment however will finish at roughly 9.00pm. We encourage all our walkers to stick around until the end to cheer on those still walking and to enjoy the night’s entertainment.

There will be no rush in completing the event - volunteers will be along the lit route right till the last participant has finished

How do I enter The Pink Star Walk and how much does it cost?

To enter all you have to do is fill in the entry form on-line and then pay the registration fee. Registration fees vary according to distance and we also have concessions for those under 16. Prices can be found in the About section of the website (events: Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington). Earlybird tickets are available until September 1st so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Can I buy my ticket at the event?

We would encourage you to purchase your ticket in advance if possible. There will be a limited number of tickets available on the day; if you would like to purchase your ticket at the event please ensure you arrive early to allow enough time to register as queues can become quite long.

Why can I only register one person at a time?

Unfortunately we can only accept one adult per registration as every walker must agree to the terms and conditions of entry. Please ask every member of your group to register individually. You will be able to create a fundraising team page and add members to it after registering.

What happens once I register?

Once registered, you will be asked to set up an account to start your online fundraising. Don’t forget the cost of your ticket covers the cost of the walk and a small donation; in order to make a real difference we’re asking all walkers to consider going the extra mile and fundraising. We need you to be a star to help fund breast cancer research and support women with breast cancer. You’ll also receive a walker number in the post and be able to download all the information that you will need for the event, including a course map and a template for angel wings.

Do I need to raise money?

Whilst raising money is not compulsory we do encourage everyone to fundraise whatever they can. The cost of your ticket covers the cost of the walk, and a small donation. Anything you fundraise will go directly towards breast cancer research and supporting women with breast cancer. If you raise just $250 we can fund three counselling sessions for two women recovering from or living with breast cancer.

Where will the money go that I fundraise?

This year we need YOU to be a Star and help to raise funds for three very important aspects of our work:

  • Critical breast cancer research
  • Breast cancer awareness for early detection
  • Support for women recovering from or living with breast cancer

How do I set up a team fundraising page?

To set up a team fundraising page you must first log into your account and then select 'set up a team'. Once you've entered a team name and filled in the page details you'll be able to add other fundraisers to your team from your account page.

Please note, other members of your team must have registered first before you can add them to your team. To add members please ensure that they have ticked the box to be visible to the public (this is found on 'edit my walker page'). Members that are already in a team cannot be added to another. If you have checked all these requirements and still have any issues please send a screenshot and short explanation to fundraising@bcf.org.nz    

Are there age restrictions?

There are only age restrictions for the half marathon distance. The 5km and 10km walks are open to people of any age.

The half marathon is open to all those over the age of 16. If someone below the age of 18 is taking part they will need to walk with an adult guardian at all times.

How can I volunteer?

Without the help of volunteers The Pink Star Walk would not be possible. Please email us to register as a Pink Star Volunteer. If you’re taking part with your girlfriends why not ask your partner to support the walk by marshalling?

How much training will I need for the half marathon distance?

This completely depends on your current fitness and how far you can currently walk. Most people should be able to comfortably train between 6 – 12 weeks prior to the walk. To help you with your training you can download a training plan for the half marathon.

Can I change which distance I signed up for?

Sure just get in touch with us on 09 304 0967 or email fundraising@bcf.org.nz if you would like to change distance.

Please be aware that if you change from the 5km walk to the half marathon you will need to pay the difference between the two ticket prices. If you would like to change from the half marathon to the 5km you won’t receive the difference back as unfortunately we can’t give a refund.

What is the route?

The exact details and maps of the route will be released closer to the time of the event; maps will be included in your walker pack. As a guide the Auckland 5km will stay within The Domain, the 10km will go down towards Judges Bay and the 21km will head into Auckland CBD. The Wellington event will follow a route along the Wellington waterfront. The Christchurch 5km will stay within Hagley Park whilst the half marathon will venture further but due to construction work we can’t currently confirm where this particular walk will go – details for this route will be released in due course.

Is The Pink Star Walk a race? Will I get a prize for coming first?

No, The Pink Star Walk is not a race and there will be no prizes for coming first. This is a walking event and due to health and safety anyone seen running will be asked to leave to the course.

What should I wear?

All participants are encouraged to dress in pink with other clothing items and accessories. There will be prizes awarded on the night for the best costumes and for those adopting the pink spirit. We also recommend you wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking the 21km, 10km or 5km distance as well as clothing that is suitable for the weather on the day.

Am I allowed to take food and drink on The Pink Star Walk?

Yes, but we do advise that food and wrappers are kept to a minimum to control rubbish. Water will be available on the 21km and 10km course and at the end of all courses. Snacks and other beverages will also be available for purchase at the finish area. Before the walk, we recommend that you have a light carbohydrate based meal in order to ensure you have the energy to complete the walk.

Do I need to print my receipt as my ticket to the walk?

No, just bring the walker number in your walker pack. 

If you have not received your walker pack before the event, you can pick one up at the registration tent on the day of the walk.

What facilities are available?

Food vendors, bottled water and toilets will be available on site

I can no longer take part - can I have a refund?

Sorry but the event fee is non-refundable. Please consider your fee a donation to the charity instead.