Mother’s Day fun run

Pictured: Last year’s participants in the Jennian Homes fun run.

Some mothers are content with a sleepy Sunday lie-in with cuppa and some limp garden flowers with a home-made card for Mother’s Day; but Wanaka also breeds a different kind of woman—one who voluntarily gets out of bed to go for a run. In the cold. With her kids.

For those who fall into the latter category, the nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day 5km fun run/walk returns this year on Sunday, May 12.

The event is offering friends and families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active together and support the Heart Foundation along the way.

Jennian Homes is proud to support the Heart Foundation in their plight to engage “in the fight to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and to enable people with heart disease to live full lives,” according to local coordinator, Jane Sharman.

Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming the lives of a New Zealander every 90 minutes.

The Wanaka event is at Eely Point and starts at 9am. The event is not just for runners and not exclusively for women—it’s all about participation and spending time together, so you can run, jog, walk, skip or push your baby in a buggy. Fathers, brothers, sons, friends are all encouraged to get involved.

Entries include an event t-shirt designed by Dick Frizzell. Sharman would like to encourage locals to sign up today to ensure their t-shirt arrives in time. Register online at


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