NZ Running Calendar

NZ Running Calendar 2017/2018 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd October: Cromwell Half Marathon & 10km Run/Walk

The Cromwell 21km half marathon and 10km fun run or walk takes you around many of Cromwell's features including the golf course, Heritage Precinct and the shores of Lake Dunstan, all while enjoying spectacular mountain views.

The half marathon can be run solo or as part of a corporate teams half marathon relay, with up to 11 legs from 1.1km to 2.4km each.

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Saturday 28th October: Kawerau Kinf of the Mountain 

The Kawerau King of the Mountain is an approximately 8km run up and down Mount Putauaki in Kawerau, organised by the Kawerau Harrier Club.

The race starts at Firmin Field, Waterhouse St, Kawerau. The route up and down the mountain is marked, and you must go through the checkpoint at the top of the mountain. The summit of Putauaki is 852 metres above sea level.

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Sunday 29th October: Auckland Marathon 

The ASB Auckland Marathon is an annual Festival of Events with a range of distances so everyone can participate - including the ASB Marathon, Half Marathon, 12K Traverse, Heart Foundation 5K Challenge and the Kids Marathon.

The Full and Half Marathon events start in Devonport and have run over Auckland's Harbour Bridge since 2000, finishing at Victoria Park near the CBD. The "Party in the Park" after function has a corporate marquee village and other fun and entertainment.

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Friday 3rd November: Taranaki Around the Mountain 

The Taranaki Steelformers Around the Mountain Relay is an annual running event around Mt Taranaki. Run 100 mile solo, 50 mile solo, in a 2 person 50 mile team relay, or 150km relay with 10 to 16 team members.

There are 21 legs in the 150km relay, with distances between 3 and 11km. You must have a minimum of 10 team members with a maximum of 16. There is no age limit for participation, however, participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Saturday 4th November: The Taniwha - Waikato River Trails 

The Loaded Taniwha is a point to point trail run & mountain bike event on the Waikato River Trails, which celebrates the hard work of the Waikato River Trails Trust over the past 13 years in developing 100km of top quality trails - most of it on previously inaccessible land along the mighty Waikato River.

There are 60km ultramarathon, 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 14km and 7km trail run/walk events. The 60K can be run solo, or in a team relay of 2, 3 or 4 people.

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Saturday 11th November: Tarawera Trail Marathon 

The annual Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50k run and walk incorporates the Tikitapu Trail Run again in 2017.

This spectacular run and walk will start at Pohutu Geyser in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Field, Te Puia. From there, it's 'full steam ahead' through Hemo Gorge and following Puarenga Stream into the heart of Whakarewarewa Forest.

With views of Lakes Tarawera and Rotomahana along the way, you'll finish right under Mt Tarawera - at Hot Water beach where you can soak in the natural hot water pool or jump in the lake. A scenic boatride and bus takes you back home.

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Sunday 12th November: Toi's Challenge - Whakatane 

The Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Toi's Challenge in Whakatane is an annual 18km trail run and walk event which, along with Radio 1XX 18km and Robinson Law 6km fun runs/walks, is organised by the Whakatane Athletic & Harrier Club.

The 18km can be run solo or in a 2 team relay. The 18km course follows a roughly circular route starting and finishing at the Whakatane Harrier Clubrooms in Rex Morpeth Park in the centre of town. The 6km is a scenic bush hill loop with the last kilometre down the footpath.

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Saturday 18 th November: Kerikeri Half Marathon

The ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon is a predominantly downhill run from Okaihau to Kerikeri, and is the final event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series each year.

The event starts at the State Highway 1 / Waiare Rd junction South of Okaihau. The first 7km of the course is a gradual climb with two distinct hills. The remaining 14km is a gradual descent to the finish on Kerikeri Domain.

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Saturday 18th November: Queenstown International Marathon 

The Queenstown International Marathon is an international running festival incorporating a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km fun run and 3km kids run options.

New for 2017 is the "first half half marathon", which will be limited in numbers, with the proviso however that entrants have competed in any previous race distance through the event's three year history. The original course half marathon will also be run.

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Sunday 19th November: Ashhurst 2 Esplanade Half Marathon

The Ashhurst 2 Esplanade by Manawatu Striders is a 21km half marathon and 12km fun run/walk, starting from Ashhurst Domain and finishing at the Esplanade.

The course runs along the riverside from the domain, through Higgins depot, then a few km of rustic rural roads from Te Matai Road to just passed the Town and Country Garden Centre where it rejoins the PNCC pathway, ending just outside the Manawatu Striders clubrooms.

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Sunday 19th November: Women's 6k + 12K - The Cloud, Auckland

The Women's 6K+12K is a women only fun run/walk starting and finishing in The Cloud on Queens Wharf in Auckland.

Both the 6km and 12km suit all levels of fitness whether you walk or run, saunter or scamper, and the courses are flat. The timing is perfect to get in shape for summer and all entries receive a goody bag filled with sponsor's products. Plus, if you are one of the first 2,000 people to enter online, you will receive a free Skechers Women's sport towel.

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Saturday 25th November: Walking Stars Half Marathon

Walking Stars on Saturday, 25 November 2017 is Auckland's night-time, walking, half marathon to raise vital funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

The walk begins after sun down and takes you on a magical starlit walk past some of Auckland's finest landmarks, prior to the walk there is a pre event party.

Walking Stars is non-competitive and so, with some training, is achievable by everyone! 

Wear bright colours, glow in the dark items, reflective tape, face paint, anything you like! A large part of the event is about remembering loved ones and celebrating their lives, so participants will be given a back sign "I'm walking for...."

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Sunday 26th November: Podium Rotorua Half Marathon

The Podium Rotorua Half Marathon on Sunday, 26 November 2017 has a half marathon, 10km run/walk, 4km community walk and kids 2km.  This is running as it should be, with Rotorua's main thoroughfare, Fenton St, closed to traffic for the mass start.

The marquee event, the City of Rotorua Half Marathon, has an unbelievable course which takes in Rotorua's unique natural environment via Whakarewarewa Forest and the Sulphur Bay tracks, but also showcases the city's culture as runners pass in front of world renowned Te Puia, the Blue Baths and the Rotorua Museum. 

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Saturday 2nd December: Hanmer Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon 

The Hanmer Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km is an annual event from Lake Tennyson to Hanmer Springs.

The course runs from Lake Tennyson, high in the alpine environment of the St James and Molesworth Stations following the Clarence River along quiet gravel roads, and crossing Jacks Pass before descending to the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs, 130km NW of Christchurch.

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Saturday 2nd December: The Goat Adventure Run, Tongariro

The Goat Alpine Adventure Run - The Original Tongariro is an exhilarating adventure run from Whakapapa to Turoa Ski Fields on the Round the Mountain track on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

The approximately 20km course has over 1000m of captivating vertical ascent through a whole bunch of amazing terrain, and is a demanding yet achievable run that is widely acclaimed as one of New Zealand's premier off road running events. The Goat is limited to 600 entries.

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Saturday 9th December: Ironman, Taupo 

The inaugural Taupo IRONMAN 70.3 was in 2015, and there are 30 qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at the 2017 event.

Great Lake Taupō, home to the 2017 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, is a popular tourist destination, boasting the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and mountains made internationally famous after being featured in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Come for the race but enjoy so much more! 

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Sunday 10th December: Omaha Half Marathon

The Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon on Sunday, 10 December 2017 is an annual 21.km half marathon, along with 5km & 10km fun run and walk events and a 2km kids dash, all starting from Rahui Te Kiri Reserve, and is the first race in the 2017/18 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

This event was renamed the Omaha Half Marathon from the original Omaha Classic, and is now part of Auckland Half Marathon Series by Running Events.

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Sunday 14th January: Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10K

The Nelson Striders Half Marathon and 10K features and out and back course along Nelson's picturesque Maitai Valley Rd.

The Half Marathon has staggered start times so people will finish around 10:30am and there are prizes for the people who finish closest to their estimated time (down to the second). No watches are allowed for this event!

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Saturday 20th January: Taranaki Off Road Half Marathon 

The Good Home Taranaki Off-Road Half Marathon is back in 2018 on Saturday, 20 January at the same venue with the same course!

Along with the Half Marathon distance, runners could instead opt to tackle the slightly shorter, yet just as challenging, Quarter Marathon and 5km distances too.

This event proudly supports the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter.

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Saturday 10th February: Buller Gorge Marathon 

The Coast to Coast Mountain Run on Friday, 9 February 2018 covers the mountain run leg of the annual Coast to Coast multi sport event.

The competitors in the Mountain Run will register at Aickens Corner and start as the first cyclist in the two day event enters the Aickens transition. They will then complete the normal mountain run course of 33kms over Goat Pass and finish at Klondyke Corner in the Arthurs Pass National Park.

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Saturday 10th February: Tarawera Ultramarathon 

The Tarawera Ultramarathon on Saturday, 10 February 2018 is New Zealand's most prestigious ultramarathon and is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

This annual trail run goes from Rotorua to Kawerau, with 62km, 87km and 102km events. The 62km & 87km distances can also be run solo or in a team relay. 

The spectacular course will also take runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Around 1260 participants with more than 600 international athletes and many of the world’s best trail ultra runners, will run the race of their lives from Rotorua to Kawerau in February.

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Sunday 10th February: Orewa Beach Half Marathon 

The Platinum Homes Orewa Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, 11 February 2018 is an annual 21km half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run and kids 2km dash, and is the third race in the 2017/18 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The event has a beautiful and scenic course, designed to give you a bit of everything. Starting and finishing on Orewa Beach, you are sent through the pretty Eaves Bush track followed by a run through Kensington Park Villas down some local roads to Orewa's new cycle/walkway and over to Silverdale and Millwater Estate. It really does have different surfaces and something new to look at the entire time.

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Saturday 17th February: Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon 

The Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown has full marathon, 30km, half marathon, 10km and 5km events on Saturday, 17 February 2018.

The entire event takes place on the private Ben Lomond High Country Station which is not normally accessible to the public.

Transport is provided to the start of the marathon at Pipeline Bungy, Skippers Canyon, Queenstown and the event ends at Moke Lake, Queenstown. The 30km, half marathon, 10K and 5K start and end at Moke Lake.

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Sunday 18th February: Cigna Round the Bays - Wellington 

The Cigna Round the Bays on Sunday, 18 February 2018 takes advantage of the picturesque setting which winds its way around Wellington's stunning inner city harbour.

There are several event options available for participants in this event with the 6.5km Fun Run/Walk, 6.5km Buggy Walk, Bluebridge 10km and the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon, all fantastic options for the casual or serious participant! All of these distances start at Frank Kitts Park and hug the harbour shoreline for various distances before returning to the finish line festival at Kilbirnie Park.

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Saturday 3rd March: Mountain to Surf Marathon 

The Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon on Saturday, 3 March 2018 has the full marathon, 2 or 4 person marathon relays and a half marathon in New Plymouth.

The course starts at the gates to Egmont National Park and finishes at East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. The half marathon starts at Hillsborough Hall, Cnr Egmont and Henwood roads, Bell Block.

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Sunday 4th March: Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 

The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is an 8.4km fun run or walk starting at Quay Street (between Tinley St and The Strand Overbridge) along Tamaki Drive and finishing at Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers Bay.

This popular annual event attracts around 40,000 registered runners. It is currently organised as a joint collaboration between the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media and has been run each year since 1972.

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Saturday 10th March: Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10km

The Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon and 10km on Saturday, 10 March 2018 start and finish at Kaiteriteri Beach.

The Half Marathon starts on the beachfront and follows the undulating and picturesque coastline before climbing the Sandy Bay Hill. Following the steady descent to Sandy Bay there's more undulating coastline as you make your way back to finish on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri.

The 10km is an out and back course from Kaiteriteri Beach towards Marahau and return.

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Saturday 10th March: Kirikiriroa Marathon

The Kirikiriroa Marathon on Saturday, 10 March 2018 is an annual event at Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The event was conceived as a low cost marathon, specifically to encourage and support those running one for the first time. It also showcases Hamilton's greatest iconic features.

The course is out and back, on sealed river paths. It begins and ends in the Hamilton Gardens and goes as far north as Horotiu Bridge.

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Saturday 17th March: Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon 

The Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is a community focused fun run/walk which traverses one of the Bay Of Plenty's most iconic natural attractions, Mauao - Mt Maunganui.

Whether a competitive off road "Mountain Goat" runner or someone just looking for a challenge with breath-taking scenery, the Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon appeals to all. The course involves ascending and descending Mt Maunganui three times and three laps around the Mt Maunganui base track. The event can be completed individually or in a 3 person team.

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Saturday 17th March: Run Milford Sound 

Run Milford Sound on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is a spectacular 35km out and back road running event.

The run starts and finishes near the waters edge at Milford Sound, and enjoys the most incredible view of Mitre Peak standing 1,690 metres tall. You have to see it to believe it!

Runners will make their way up the valley towards the Homer Tunnel (17.5km) whilst enjoying beautiful views of towering mountain ranges and waterfalls before turning around and surprisingly see everything in a different perspective whilst looking forward to the sight of Mitre Peak towering over the finish line at Milford Sound.

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Saturday 17th March: Taihape Half Marathon 

Not quite off road but certainly not your standard on road marathon, the Taihape Half Marathon on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is something special.

Taking runners and walkers through the stunning Maowhango Valley, the Taihape Half Marathon has been described as the most scenic half marathon in the North Island.

The event starts at Wainui Hall, 5km northwest of Taihape township. There are also 10km, 5km and kids 2.6km fun run and walk events.

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Sunday 18th March: Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon 

The Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon on Sunday, 18 March 2018 is an annual 21.1km half marathon, along with the 8km Classic, 4km Downhill Dash, and 2km Kids Dash, and is the fourth race in the 2017/18 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The rural Coatesville Classic course treats you to spectacular views, from Sky Tower on one side to the Waitakeres on the other, and the road is closed for the event.

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Saturday 24th March: Southern Lakes Half Marathon

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday, 24 March 2018 and is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town.

The half marathon course goes down the Cardrona Valley starting from just below the Cardorna Ski Field entrance (parking will be in adjacent field) finishing on Pembroke Park in the middle of town. The 10km course also starts on Cardrona Valley Rd with a straight run home to Pembroke park.

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Sunday 25th March: Huntly Half Marathon 

The Huntly Half Marathon on Sunday, 25 March 2018 is a well-established event on the running calendar and has a strong fan base, attracting approximately 3000 walkers and runners from Auckland, the Waikato and central North Island.

As well as the half marathon, there are 10km fun run/walk, 5km fun run/walk and kids 2km events.

The course starts from Riverview Rd Reserve, featuring a virtually flat single out & back route that follows the mighty Waikato River on completely on sealed roads. This course will only be used for the Half Marathon participants and no other event distances.

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