Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there age restrictions to enter the event?

The minimum age to enter the event is 11 (as of the event date) and all participants under 16 must have parental consent to take part.

We will contact you prior to the event to arrange the necessary documents. 

At the event:

  • Participants aged 11 – 13 must each be accompanied by an adult, i.e. one adult per child.
  • Participants aged 14 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult, but may be accompanied as a group.

No exceptions outside of these terms are permitted. For further information on registering a walker aged under 16, please contact walkingstars@cancersoc.org.nz

Are there prizes for finishing first?

This is a non-competitive event so there are no prizes for finishing first.

However, there are lots of spot prizes on the night and everyone who participates will receive an official Walking Stars 2020 finisher medal.

Can I use walking poles?

Yes.

For the safety and comfort of all participants, please register in the “stroller” category if you intend to use walking poles. Email walkingstars@cancersoc.org.nz for further information.

Can we take breaks along the way?

Yes, there are a number of rest and hydration stops along the way, where you’ll have the chance to refresh and replenish.

Do we need to finish by a certain time?

We would expect the last walkers to be over the finish line within 6 hours.

This is a fully supported walk, with no walkers left behind. Our team will remain at the back of the pack at all times to support the last walkers.

How far is a half marathon?

A half marathon is 21.1km

How long will Walking Stars Wellington take me?

The average walker speed is 5kph. Based on this, the following categories are available so you can walk at your own pace!

  • Power Walker : 6-7kph = 3-4 hours 
  • Strider : 5kph = 4-5 hours 
  • Stroller : 4kph = 5-6 hours 

Is the walk safe?

The organisers of Walking Stars along with an army of volunteers will provide a safe and well organised event.

The route may feel busy at times, particularly at road crossing points. You will be walking alongside some fast moving traffic, so please remember to keep safe by walking on the pavement at all times.

  • Please complete your personal information on the back of your walker number, and ensure your walker number is visible at all times during the walk
  • Always walk with at least one other person
  • Study the route so you know where you are going
  • Do not walk on the road in an effort to pass others
  • Only cross the road at designated crossing points
  • Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency:

  1. Ensure that you and others are not in danger
  2. Assess the situation and any injuries
  3. Stay with the injured person until help arrives

Walking Stars Event Control Centre  02040173664 (for on the night, non-medical contact only)

What do I get for my registration fee?

The opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives of people in your community living with cancer as well as:

  • Event entry 
  • Training plans 
  • Walker number 
  • 'I'm walking for' back sign 
  • Hydration stations along the route 
  • A Walking Stars 2020 finisher medal 
  • Lifelong memories! 

What if I'm walking on my own?

If you would like to take part in Walking Stars on your own, you can. There will be thousands of other walkers and hundreds of volunteers along the route to keep you company! If you have any queries about signing up on your own, please contact walkingstars@cancersoc.org.nz or call +644 389 0084.

What is the exact route?

Click here to download

What is the exact start time?

The night time walking half-marathon will begin at 8:15pm.

Click here for schedule information.

What should I bring?

For a great night, remember to bring along the following items:

  • Walker number and safety pins 
  • Torch, headlamp, or anything that shines bright to help you glow! 
  • Comfortable and appropriate clothing 
  • Sensible, closed footwear that you’ve trained in 
  • Long sleeve thermal top to wear under your T-shirt if it’s cold 
  • Rain jacket – hopefully not needed! 
  • Your own water bottle for water stops en route 
  • Your own snacks to keep you going on the walk 

What should I wear?

It’s important that you’re comfortable.

It’s best to wear breathable training pants, comfy sneakers, and your Walking Stars T-Shirt with your bib number and back sign.

Have lots of fun with accessories that shine and glow!

What time should I arrive?

Entertainment starts from 7:30 pm.

Please ensure you arrive by 7:55pm at the latest, as the safety briefing and opening ceremony will start at 8pm sharp. Allow plenty of time for parking as the area will be busy.

Check out all the information for on the night here.

What's in my event pack?

Your event pack will contain a walker number, 'I'm Walking For' back sign for you to complete and final instructions for the night including a route map. You cannot take part in the event without your event pack as you must wear your walker number.

When is Walking Stars?

Walking Stars will take place on Saturday 21 November 2020.

7:30pm: Pre-event entertainment

8:00pm: Safety briefing & opening ceremony

8:15pm: Power walkers begin

8:25pm: Striders begin

8:35pm: Strollers begin

When will I finish?

It depends on your average walking speed.

A half marathon is 21.1km. You can choose to power walk, stride or stroll. If you power walk the route you could finish in 3 hours. Striders will take around 4 hours and we’d expect the slower paced strollers to complete the walk in around 5-6 hours.

Where can I collect my event pack?

Why can't I run at Walking Stars?

Walking Stars isn’t a running race.

It is a non-competitive walking event which is open to everyone over the age of 11 with the aim of raising funds for Cancer Society. The course will not be set up for runners. If you choose to run you will be putting your safety and the safety of others at risk, and you will be asked to leave the event.