History of the Christchurch Marathon Clinic


In February 1983, staff from the Christchurch City Council Pioneer Sports Stadium approached local long distance runner Don Cameron with the idea of setting up a group to train ‘fun runners’, and those new to running, with the goal of having them complete a half or full marathon. This turned out to be a very successful idea and the Pioneer Marathon Clinic soon had 70 members.
The group increased in number over the next two running seasons and in October 1984 it became self-managing and changed its name to the Christchurch Marathon Clinic.
Membership grew steadily to reach 130 by 1986 and the club applied to become an incorporated society with the name ‘The Christchurch Marathon Clinic Incorporated’.

Origin of the name

The club gets its unusual name from a movement begun in Hawaii in the 1970s.  Hawaiian cardiologist Dr Jack Scaff was a firm believer in the health benefits of long distance running, particularly for those recovering from heart attack.  He helped to start the Honolulu Marathon and then founded the Honolulu Marathon Clinic.

At about the same time in New Zealand, there was a general desire to improve the health of our citizens and the Christchurch City Council promoted the idea. The Christchurch Marathon Clinic under the guidance of the late Don Cameron was a product of this wave of interest and concern.

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