Queenstown Marathon

Can Too Training Program 2022

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Become A Marathoner

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This extended 22 week program is for all runners looking to train in a fun, safe, group environment for the Marathon distance whilst fundraising for cancer research. 

This year Can Too runners will return to New Zealand to join thousands from around the world at the Queenstown Marathon. You’d have to look far and wide to find a more beautiful course and a more spectacular destination.

You’ll never regret making this your first or latest marathon.

Relax after the race in the Onsen Hot Pools or tour the many world-class wineries in neighbouring Arrowtown. 

Race entry is payable separately through the Queenstown Marathon website. Get in early to secure your race entry – places are selling out fast!

If you are unable to travel to New Zealand, or have an alternate goal event in mind, check out our NYC Marathon or Carcoar Marathon pages.

Training format

This is a comprehensive program with two face-to-face coached group sessions per week plus a full written guide with daily, structured training. All group sessions are led by a supportive, approachable marathon running coach with extensive experience of taking novices and multiple marathoners to their goal events.

Mid-week interval training typically covers:

  • how to run more efficiently
  • improving core strength
  • proper breathing techniques
  • understanding injury prevention
  • presentations by guest speakers.

Saturday distance runs typically:

  • focus on running form
  • build endurance
  • improve mental focus
  • work on pacing and race strategy.

We’ve been here before – you can trust us to get you to the start and finish lines. Just look how many Can Tooers you can spot on the event pages!

If you're concerned about your ability, please contact us. We'd love to help you set a suitable goal. 


As a registered Australian charity, all our programs fundraise for cancer research — it's an important part of why we do what we do.

By raising $1975 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($2475) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($2975)

Vaccination Status

We feel a deep obligation to keep our people and the communities in which they live, as safe as we possibly can. At this time, we are only accepting registrations from people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have a medical exemption. 

Session availability



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Location Availability
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We  Queenstown Marathon

... and you will too!

Considered by our runners as one of the best events Can Too Foundation has ever trained for!

Run easy. Queenstown Marathon is 70% hard packed trails and 30% on road surfaces.

Run inspired. Soak up the awe inspiring mountains, lakes and country side. This is New Zealand’s most scenic marathon.

Festival for all. Indulge yourself in the fun, thrills and flavours of NZ's most popular destination for kids and adults alike.

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$618 value for only $329!


No extra fees for twice weekly group training.

Venue Fees

No extra fees for entry into training venues.


No extra fees for training top

Online Yoga

No extra fees for follow-at-home videos


What's a life-changing experience worth?

We Care About You

First-Timer Guarantee

If this is your first Can Too registration, and you attend four of the first six sessions but don't enjoy it and ask to withdraw, we'll refund 100% of your registration fee. No questions asked.

Simple Refunds Policy

You'll get a 100% refund on your registration if cancelling 2+ weeks before training starts. You'll get 50% refunded if cancelling the week before training. After that, we're committed.

If we cancel all or any part of your program due to COVID-related reasons, you will receive a pro-rata refund of your registration fee.

If you have to withdraw from your program for reasons related to COVID-19, you will receive a pro-rated discount on registration for any future program of your choice.

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Generous Refer-A-Friend

For every first-time Can Tooer who puts your name down when they sign up, we'll reward you with 25% OFF your fundraising. Some conditions apply.

Help fund lifesaving cancer research

... common fundraising questions.

What is Bronze level fundraising?

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By raising $1975 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($2475) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($2975)

Do I have to fundraise?

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Yes, you have to fundraise in return for your 20 week coached training program. Don’t let that worry you too much, we’ve been doing this since 2005 so we have plenty of resources available to help you achieve your fundraising goal. Plus, you’ll have a Team Captain and Mentor/s to guide you through. The best approach is to have a plan and to start early.

Where does the money go?

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When you fundraise for Can Too Foundation, you're fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention. We focus on investing in early career cancer researchers across all cancer types.Can Too Foundation funded 11 researchers in 2020 and funded a further 11 researchers in 2021. As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

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Can Too has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research for sixteen years. We know that you’ll do everything you can to fundraise for Australia's most promising cancer research projects and we’ll help you every step of the way. If, due to personal circumstances, you feel you can’t meet your commitment, please contact us.   

How long do I have to fundraise?

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The good news is that you have until 30 days after your program finishes to meet your commitment to cancer research and prevention. You'll have an active fundraising page from the moment you sign up, so our suggestion is sign up early!


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