“It takes a team. You don’t go through it alone.”

This is our kaupapa. It speaks for the event itself as teams will be made up of 4-14 people, and each team will need a support crew to help them get to the finish line. However, it also relates to those dealing with Mental Health issues. We want those suffering to know that they are never alone. There are always people around to help them through their darkest times.

The World Health Organisation outlines that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Studies have shown that running can help prevent a whole range of diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Regular exercise improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood. Running produces endorphins the feel good hormone which helps to reduce stress and ward off anxiety and feelings of depression. Physical exercise improves self-esteem, which will help individuals feel better about themselves, how the look, how they feel and how they think. The importance of having a goal and achieving it gives a sense of personal satisfaction. Setting and reaching your personal goals helps you appreciate your capabilities, and gives you an idea of your full potential.

Studies have shown that acts of giving are linked to increased mental health and wellness for all involved. When you volunteer, donate money, or otherwise support a worthwhile cause, it makes you feel good. Social Wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. Our relationships can offer support during difficult times.

The relay will encourage team mates to train together which will build healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships. It will also stimulate conversations between training buddies regarding their job, relationships and everyday life stressors.