Marathon Tours is a division of Calder & Lawson, a Waikato based company which has been a leading travel company in the Waikato for over 35 years. Calder & Lawson is a socially responsible company and is heavily involved in our community. We are a foundation sponsor of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme with the University of Waikato and an active partner with key charities such as True Colours, Cure Kids, Ronald McDonald House and Hospice New Zealand.

We are privileged to have been working with so many organisations to help our runners achieve their goal of accomplishing some of the most iconic international marathons.  Please find more details on some of our partners below.

For more information please email Paul Forward, Marathon Tours owner, on PaulF@hot.co.nz

Our Partners

Cure Kids

Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, and since then we have invested more than $40 million in New Zealand research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.

Cure Kids’ funding supports researchers across New Zealand whose work focuses on childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy, infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns as well as child and adolescent mental health – and many, many other areas of research.

Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government. We work hard to support the best research possible to make a measurable difference to the health and well-being of children in New Zealand. This is made possible by the continued generosity of individuals, businesses and community groups across our remarkable country.

Influence Crew

Marathon Tours is proud to partner with Influence Crew, a family focused group run by key influencer Doug Healey.

Doug Healey, the founder of Influence Crew, is a family-focused man whose key focus is to help those who have the motivation and desire to change their lives. From mental to physical health, there is no limits to who can be part of the Influence Crew. Doug has taken hundreds of athletes over to various countries overseas, to help them achieve the goals of taking on some of the world’s biggest marathon events including the Great Wall Marathon and the TCS New York City Marathon.


GetRunning was founded by Gaz Brown in 2007. Gaz Brown has extensive experience in running international marathons and coaching runners of all abilities.

If you are looking for a complete running package, look no further. The GetRunning team have tailor-made training programmes for each specific international marathon.  Check out their Run Club if you’re wanting to run with a personalised pace group while working towards a specific goal. This includes a focused group run program. Alternatively, if you are looking for a personalised run program and don’t have time for the group, or maybe you live outside of Auckland, then check out their Run Coaching. We have something for everyone, but be warned – running is addictive.

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