NZ Running Calendar

NZ Running Calendar 2018




Saturday 13th October: Abel Tasman Coastal Classic Trail Run 

The 25th edition of the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic is on Saturday, 13 October 2018; this trail run in the Abel Tasman National Park was first run in 1994.

The event base shifts in 2018 from Marahau to Kaiteriteri Beach: registration and the prizegiving dinner function will be held at the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve.

Boat transport for all runners will be from Kaiteriteri. Upon disembarking at Awaroa, there will be a mass start and you will begin your epic run in the world famous Abel Tasman Track to the finish at Marahau.

Your entry fee includes boat transport to Awaroa on race day, lunch and the prizegiving dinner function at Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve after the event.

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Saturday 13th October: Taupo Ultramarathon

The Taupo Ultramarathon returns in 2017 on Saturday, 13 October with 50km, 74km and 100km ultramarathon events.

There is also a 24km which, whilst not technically an ultra, gives those new to the sport a taste of the experience.

The Great Lake Trail an epic journey that showcases the very best of what the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer - New Zealand's largest lake, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls and native forest. 

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Sunday 14th October: Wairarapa Country Marathon

The Wairarapa Country Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K fun run and walk on Sunday, 14 October 2018 is an annual event organised by Athletics Masterton.

The marathon and half marathon follow the same on-road loop course with the marathon being two laps and the half marathon one lap. The 10K course starts off following the marathon course and is more of an out and back style course. The official website (see link below) has a full course description of each along with a map.

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Sunday 21st October: Cromwell Half Marathon

The Cromwell half marathon and 10km fun run or walk on Sunday, 21 October 2018 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 27th October: Mission Mt Somers

Mission Mt Somers at Staveley in Canterbury on Saturday, 27 October 2018 has 42km marathon, 21km half marathon and 10km & 5km trail run events.

The Mt Somers Track is a trail running paradise: technical single track combined with views of the Canterbury Plains the Two Thumb Range and the Hakatere Conservation area make for off road running euphoria.

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Sunday 28th October: Auckland Marathon

The ASB Auckland Marathon on Sunday, 28 October 2018 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 2nd November: Aorangi 100

The Aorangi Undulator 100 is a trail-running race in which competitors cover over 100km in 3 days from Friday, 2 November to Sunday, 4 November 2018.

It starts south-east of Wellington, on the Eastbourne coastline, traverses the Parangarahu Lakes area, the Orogorongo Range and the mountainous Aorangi Forest Park, in south-eastern Wairarapa to finish at Waikuku Lodge.

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Sunday 11th November: Omokoroa Coastal Challenge

The fourth annual BaseUp Omokoroa Coastal Challenge is on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

This fun but challenging event is a community and family event with something for everyone: the competitive and those who want to join for the fun of it. So whether you are training for an event, need a fitness goal or just like to get out and be active come join in.

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Saturday 17th November: ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon

The ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon on Saturday, 17 November 2018 is a predominantly downhill run from Okaihau to Kerikeri, and is the final event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series each year.

This Half Marathon is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar. Starting in Okaihau the 21.1km course makes its way through a rolling country side to finish in the centre of town at the Kerikeri Domain. Following the event enjoy lunch on the domain while you groove away any aches to live music.

Stick around for the Kerikeri Street Party where you can sample wonderful food, wine and many other local specialties or just dance the evening away.

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Saturday 17th November: Queenstown International Marathon Festival

The Queenstown International Marathon on Saturday, 17 November 2018 is an international running festival incorporating a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km fun run and 2km kids run options.

Set between the backdrop of the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, and taking in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region including Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself.

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Sunday 18th November: Julians Berry Farm & Café Tois Challenge

9am at Rex Morpeth Park Whakatane. Options are 18km run, walk or relay through beautiful bush, cliff tops and  two beaches.  Start and finish at Rex Morpeth Park.  Or 6km fun run or walk through the locally known ‘Birdwalk’

Finisher medals for all 18km walkers and runners.

We will again be supporting the Kiwi Trust, with a percentage of every entry going to this worthwhile project. Entrants also have the opportunity to donate directly to the Trust when they enter.

Whakatane Kiwi Trust does such an excellent job of nurturing and protecting the kiwi in the area we run through that we wanted to support their work. We are proud of the fact that Whakatane is known as the ‘Kiwi Capital of the World’. 

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Sunday 18th November: Round the Bridges

Grab your sneakers, rally your mates and book a spot in Round the Bridges on Sunday, 18 November 2018, Hamilton's most iconic fun run!

Join more than 5,500 runners and walkers and take part in the 6km, 12km and kids 2km event categories; Round the Bridges caters for participants of all ages and abilities and offers a memorable day out for the entire family.

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Saturday 24th November: Walking Stars Half Marathon 

Walking Stars on Saturday, 24 November 2018 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! You can choose to power walk, stride or stroll, but no running!

Wear bright colours, glow in the dark items, reflective tape, face paint, anything you like! Be Creative, dress up and have fun! 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 25th November: Rotorua Half marathon

The Podium Rotorua Half Marathon on Sunday, 25 November 2018 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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Sunday 2nd December: Omaha Half marathon

The Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon on Sunday, 2 December 2018 is an annual 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 second race in the 2018/19 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

Omaha is less than an hour north of Auckland's Harbour Bridge.

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 2nd December: Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10k

The Nelson Striders Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday, 2 December 2018 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!

This unique event was inspired by the Nelson Striders running group who made international press when out for their Sunday morning run up the Maitai Valley in August 1994. What started as a peaceful jog ended up with the group scrambling up a bank to avoid an agitated wild boar. Caretaker Trevor Ruffell came to the rescue and had to drown the pig with his bare hands in the Maitai River.

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Saturday 8th December: 3 Bridges Marathon - Wanganui

The Pak n Save 3 Bridges Marathon in Wanganui on Saturday, 8 December 2018 is an annual event brought to you by the Wanganui Harrier Club.

The course takes in the Dublin Street Bridge, City Bridge and the Cobham Bridge, alongside the Whanganui River. The surface varies from sealed road edge, footpaths, grass (for only 400m) and walking tracks, generally flat.

This event allows the Wanganui Harrier Club to offer the city of Whanganui an affordable, family orientated club for runners and walkers.

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Saturday 8th December: Raglan Karioi Trail

The Raglan Karioi Trail on Saturday, 8 December 2018 is a trail race on Mount Karioi on the Waikato west coast in Raglan with 24km, 10km and kids trail run events.

There are 4 options: a solo 24km run; 24km as a 2 person team relay; 10km trail run or walk; and a mini Karioi trail for kids under 12. The majority of the trail is off road with surfaces varying from compacted soil, mud, steps, rocks, gravel road.

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Sunday 9th December: Canterbury Half Marathon 

The Canterbury Half Marathon is being held on Sunday 9th of December 2018 at Pegasus Town. This beautiful lake and town setting will host the Canterbury Half Marathon and 9km Run and Walk. 

Held in the beautiful Pegasus Town, the run will see runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views, walkways and some amazing homes in this amazing town setting.  

Canterbury Half Marathon will cater for all runners; whether you’re a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest half’s you’ve ever done.

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Saturday 15th December: Rotorua Half Ironman

The Rotorua Half Ironman on Saturday, 15 December 2018 is based at Rotorua's Lake Tikitapu / Blue Lake.

This race is for a special breed. An event for triathletes of widely ranging abilities who all share the same common goal. To get to their finish line. 

With both half and quarter iron distances, the swim starts in the lake, and is followed by a road cycle and finally a trail run.

The standalone 21km half marathon and 10.5km trail running events return for a second year in 2018. 

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Saturday 12th January: Waikato River Trails 

The Waikato River Trails Summer Sizzler on Saturday, 12 January 2019 takes in the beauty of the area surrounding both Lakes Whakamaru and Maraetai.

There is a distances for everyone to tackle; from 22km, 11km and 6km the choice is yours.

All events finish up at the Mangakino Lakefront to an awesome atmosphere and every participant receives a medal!

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Saturday 9th February: Buller Gorge Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay

The Buller Gorge Marathon on Saturday, 9 February 2019 has the Full Marathon along with Half Marathon and 4 Person Marathon Team Relay running events.

The marathon course commences at Hawks Crag and heads up the gorge to a turning point near Berlin's Hotel, then back down the scenic, undulating Buller Gorge Highway to a finish at Victoria Square, Westport.

The half-marathon is a one-way run starting near the Ohika-iti River Bridge and also finishes at Victoria Square.

Entries are taken on the day for the kids races.

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Sunday 10th February: Orewa Beach Half Marathon 

The Platinum Homes Orewa Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, 10 February 2019 is an annual 21km half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run and kids 2km dash, and is the third race in the 2018/19 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The 10K is a blast up Centrewy Road followed by a full lap of the Te Ara Tahuna walkway; the 5K runs up Centreway Road and continues on Te Ara Tahuna walkway; the kids course is mostly an out and back along the stunning Te Ara Tahuna walkway.

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Saturday 16th February: Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon 

The Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown has full marathon, 30km, half marathon, 10km and 5km events on Saturday, 16 February 2019.

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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Saturday 23rd February: Old Ghost Ultra

The Old Ghost Ultra Marathon on Saturday, 23 February 2019 is run entirely on The Old Ghost Rd, New Zealand's longest continuous single-track, located near Westport on the West Coast of the South Island.

Touted as an ultra-marathon to 'test the best', competitors will face more than 2600 metres of cumulative elevation gain and will have 17 hours to complete the course, with the fastest expected to finish in as little as 8 to 9 hours.

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Sunday 3rd March: Ports of Auckland Round the Bays

Now in its 47th year, the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event on Sunday, 3 March 2019 is an iconic 8.4km run or walk over a flat course. The course follows the contours of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour starting in the city at Quay Street and finishing on the waterfront at St Heliers Bay.

Billed as "The Day Auckland Runs", the event annually attracts around 30,000 registered runners and walkers. So talk to your friends, family or colleagues and get registered. You are welcome to dress up for the day and fundraise for your favourite charity through Everydayhero - prepare to be entertained along the course!

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Sunday 3rd March: Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon

The Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon on Sunday, 3 March 2019 is an annual event at the spectacular Whakarewarewa Forest.

Event options include the half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K; and "Little Devils" kids events. The course follows a mixture of smooth gravel forest roads and scenic forest trails, designed to be achievable by competitors of all abilities. The half marathon is two loops of the quarter marathon course.

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Sunday 3rd March: Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon 

The Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon is starting and finishing at the Canterbury A & P Grounds.

This is an amazing course and with no vehicles, allows competitors to concentrate on their running/walkng. You will be able to see vehicles racing past on the motorway as you enjoy the relaxing fast run.

Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon will cater for all runners; whether you’re a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest half’s or 10km you’ve ever done.

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Saturday 9th March: Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10K

The Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon and 10km on Saturday, 9 March 2019 start and finish at Kaiteriteri Beach.

The Half Marathon course is challenging - it has a couple of good climbs in there, but these can be forgiven when you consider you are running or walking in pure paradise.

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Saturday 16th March: Run Milford Sound

Run Milford Sound on Saturday, 16 March 2019 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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Sunday 17th March: Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon

The Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon on Sunday, 17 March 2019 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 2018/19 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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Friday 19th April: Lake Hayes Triathlon, Queenstown

The Lake Hayes Triathlon is New Zealand's oldest surviving triathlon, first held in 1983, and is currently held twice annually at Easter & Christmas. The event on Friday, 19 April 2019 includes a triathlon variant with kayaking instead of swimming, long and short duathlons, and standalone trail running events.

The duathlon, triathon & multisport can completed individually, or as part of a team of 2 to 3 people. This triathlon has been a cornerstone of much larger events in the New Zealand triathlon calendar, in the past doubling as the New Zealand national championships, the Oceania Championships, and the World Championships.

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Saturday 27th April: Oparara Wilderness Trail Run 

The Oparara Wilderness Trail Run on Saturday, 27 April 2019 runs through the Oparara Valley, Kahurangi National Park in Karamea.

You will run through regenerating native forest and a stunning, untouched rain forest dominated by huge rimu, totara and kahikatea dripping with moss and lichen and allowing only dappled light to reach the forest floor. Don't be surprised to see weka, black robins and other native birds along the track for this wilderness area is abundant with bird life!

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Saturday 11th May: St Clair Vineyard Half Marathon 

The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon on Saturday, 11 May 2019 takes you between the rows of Marlborough's vineyards, for a unique chance to get up close and personal with Marlborough's famous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes.

Entries are strictly limited and the event sells out each year, so make sure you enter as soon as possible if you want to run or walk this event.

The course is 21km of mainly flat terrain which is uneven underfoot, with less than 4km on sealed road. It passes through many well known Marlborough vineyards, including Saint Clair Family Estate, Cloudy Bay, Wither Hills, Allan Scott Family Estate, Wairau River Wines, Starborough, Morton Estate Ltd, Babich Wines, Stoneleigh, Drylands and Giesen Wines.

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Saturday 18th May: Hawke's Bay International Marathon 

The Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon Run on Saturday, 18 May 2019 is a running festival with a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km fun run and a 3km kids fun run.

Take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running through local cycle trails, vineyards, olive groves, and quiet country roads - all finishing at the impressive Sileni Estates Winery where you can celebrate your efforts in style.

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Saturday 25th May: Whitianga Half Marathon

The Whitianga Half Marathon returns for a second year on Saturday, 25 May 2019; the course follows a fast and flat scenic loop of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay on both pathways and sealed roads.

There is a 21.1km half marathon, a 10km & 5km fun runs/walks, and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either run or walked at this fun family event. There will be a exciting and festive feel at Race HQ on Buffalo Beach Reserve. This event has been created to give back to the community.

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Sunday 26th May: Huntly Half Marathon

The Huntly Half Marathon on Sunday, 26 May 2019 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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Sunday 2nd June: ASB Christchurch Marathon

The ASB Christchurch Marathon on Sunday, 2 June 2019 consists of a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and Kids 3km, 2km and 1km MaraFun.  It is run each year on Queen's Birthday Weekend. The marathon, half marathon and 10K events can be run, walked or raced in a wheelchair.

The race base is at Christchurch's iconic Cathedral Square, and course is flat and fast, taking you on a scenic tour of quintessentially Christchurch landmarks.

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Sunday 2nd June: Mount Runners Half Marathon

The Mount Runners Half Marathon on Sunday, 2 June 2019 is a popular annual event event on Queen's Birthday Weekend at Mt Maunganui, drawing over 1400 participants, and has been organised by the iconic Mt Runners & Walkers running club for over 30 years.

While the Half Marathon run/walk is the feature event, there are also 5km and 10km fun run/walk course options, with all distances circumnavigating the popular Mauao base track. An additional Kids 1K event is held on the Mount Maunganui main beach for all super enthusiastic little ones - entry on the day via gold coin donation.

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Sunday 30th June: Cotton On Women's Half Marathon

The Cotton On Women's Half Marathon, Team Relay & 5K returns for a second year in 2019 on Sunday, 30 June.

Located on Auckland's water front, this 2 lap course will have you running the streets and footpaths of Auckland's famouse Tamaki Drive. From the beautiful Mission Bay start & finish line to Tamaki Drives sea views, this is a course for every runner’s must-do list.

The half marathon can be run solo or as part of a two person team relay; teams are encouraged to cross the finish line together, so there's a "relay meet up zone" 50 metres before the finish line chute.

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Saturday 3rd August: We Run the Forst - Winter Running Festival 

We Run the Forest is a winter running festival on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at the Redwoods Forest in Rotorua.

Put on your brightest clothing as you take part in the fun and friendly 5.5km or 11km forest fun run/walk or. for the little more adventurous, try the 21km trail run.

Minor spot prizes are awarded as you finish the event. Age groups awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 21km trail half marathon, forest run/walk 11km & 5.5km events. Overall placing awards will be presented 21km trail half marathon, forest run/walk 5.5 & 11km events for the following for both men and women (there are no age group category winners for the walk category).

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Sunday 4th August: South Island Marathon

The South Island Half Marathon on Sunday, 4 August 2019 is at Lake Hood near Ashburton, with 21km half marathon, 7km 1/6th marathon and 1.5km Kidz Dash events.

Held in the beautiful Lake Hood catchment, the run will see runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views throughout the run. Then some of the most amazing home and garden settings and reserves in the South Island. Whether you're a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest half marathons you've ever done.

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Saturday 24th August: Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Come explore Mount Maunganui on Saturday, 24 August 2019 for a running festival incorporating a 21km half marathon, and 10km and 5km fun run/walk options.

Take in the best of Mount Maunganui with a weekend full of entertaining options and highlights of the region. The course is flat and fast and will finish on the beautiful beaches of Mount Maunganui where you can celebrate your efforts with friends and family.

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Sunday 8th September: North Shore Marathon

The Broderick Print North Shore Marathon on Sunday, 8 September 2019 has full marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon and 5km distances, as well as a kids 2km beach run.

The course is based on a 21.1km circuit that will see participants starting at Milford Reserve before taking in the beautiful Takapuna, Narrow Neck and Cheltenham Beaches before tackling the amazing DOC Tunnels Loop (you don’t actually go through any tunnels) around Maungauika/Historic North Head.

North Head has some of Auckland's best views over the city and out into the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto Island.

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Sunday 29th September: Hamilton Half Marathon

The Direct Group Uniforms Hamilton Half Marathon on Sunday, 29 September 2019 includes a half marathon, 10km and 5km events and Kids Commando Challenge.

The Hamilton Half Marathon is organised by the Fitness Action Charitable Trust, a registered charitable trust formed in 2010. Purposes of the Trust are to advance, educate, promote and encourage health through activity.

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