run4reef will bring together people of all ages and abilities to run with 100,000 runners from 22 host cities across Australia and New Zealand.
On Sunday 16th October 2022, a synchronised race event will take place across 22 cities in Australia & New Zealand.
Over 100,000 participants will run for a cause, running for the planet!
Races will start simultaneously with a global leaderboard where you will not only compete against your local runners, but runners from across the continent. Register for your preferred distance with races at 1km, 5km, 10km, or the race2zero 10km designed for elite runners.
2022 brings TWO run locations to Aotearoa New Zealand, with WWF-New Zealand as the charity partner.
While Australia and the tropics have coral reefs, in the cooler waters off the coast of New Zealand there are kelp forests.
Formed by two types of algae rimurimu (bladder kelp) and rimurapa (bull kelp), growing up to 20 metres tall. They are one of the most diverse and productive natural ecosystems, providing food, shelter and habitat for thousands of marine species.
Home to schools of fish, juvenile crayfish, crabs and shrimps. The forests are a hunting grounds for New Zealand sea lions and seals that are attracted by the plentiful food. A vital resource for animals that are facing a decline in their natural prey species due to climate change, overfishing, habitat degradation.
Kelp forests also absorb carbon, improve water quality and buffer the coast from wave action, helping to prevent erosion. These vital ecosystems are in decline, in New Zealand and around the world.
Climate change, particularly ocean warming, overfishing and the loss of predators are all having an impact. As is land use.
Sedimentation and turbidity caused by run-off are a major contributor to the decline of kelp forests. One of the best ways to protect and restore them is by replanting the land along the rivers, streams and estuaries that flow into our seas. This will help prevent run-off and clean up our oceans and harbours. By revegetating and restoring the land, we can promote the health of our coastal kelp forests.
In partnership with community groups and other organisations, WWF-New Zealand is working to reverse habitat loss and degradation. Funds raised from run4reef will be used to support hands-on conservation projects to restore the health of land and sea.