NZ Running Calendar


NZ Running Calendar 2019





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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Sunday 29th September: Mizuno Devonport Half Marathon

The Mizuno Devonport Half Marathon on Sunday, 29 September 2019 is an annual 21.1km half marathon, and 5km, 10km & 15km fun run/walk events and 2km kids run in Auckland, and is the first race in the 2019/20 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

Placed four weeks before the Auckland Marathon, it is the ideal tune-up for the big day.The special 15km option is the ideal tester for those in the half marathon. For those with more modest ambitions, this is just a great way to discover the beaches, cafes, reserves and historic neighbourhoods of this fabulous area.

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Saturday 5th October: Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon

The Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon is a road running in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park on Saturday, 5 October 2019.

The event offers challenges for all abilities including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km - something for everyone!

All events in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park encompass breath-taking scenery - Runners and walkers follow the main Mt Cook Road that meanders its way amongst awe inspiring lake, mountain and glacial landscapes - quite possibly one of the world's most scenic road marathons.

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Saturday 12th October: Taupo Ultramarathon

The Taupo Ultramarathon on Saturday, 12 October 2019 has 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. It is absolutely stunning and the Taupo Ultra offers a once-a-year opportunity where runners can access the Great Lake Trail uninterrupted, including access over private land.

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Saturday 19th October: Jackson Holmes Salmon Run

The Jackson Holmes Salmon Run on Saturday, 19 October 2019, based at the Rakaia Domain in Canterbury, has something for everyone, competitive and non-competitive, individual or teams.

With seven events and several categories, there is plenty of choice. All events are staged around the splendor of the Rakaia River and its riverbed. The choice is yours: Half Marathon, Duathlon, Multisport, Fun Run and Mountain Bike.

With spot prizes galore, country hospitality and a great selection of events, what’s stopping you? Join in and have some fun while supporting this Rakaia Lions fundraiser.

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Sunday 20th October: Auckland Marathon

The ASB Auckland Marathon on Sunday, 20 October 2019 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.

The Marathon, Half Marathon and 12k Traverse go over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and the marathon and half marathon courses have been IAAF and AIMS Certified since 2006.

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Saturday 26th October: Kawerau King of the Mountain

The 64th annual Kawerau King of the Mountain is an approximately 8km run up and down Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) in Kawerau on Saturday, 26 October 2019, organised in partnership by the Kawerau Harrier Club & Kawerau District Council.

It was established in 1955 as a friendly wager between a local Kiwi and Australian; to determine who could reach the summit of Putauaki and back the fastest. Of course it was the Kiwi (Jim Chadwick) who won the first duel and the event has been ingrained with legend since its humble beginnings.

It should not be underestimated the gruelling nature of this extremely steep climb up (and descent) of Putauaki!

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Saturday 2nd November: Mission Mt Somers

Mission Mt Somers at Staveley in Canterbury on Saturday, 2 November 2019 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.

Mt Somers is an ancient rhyolite dome volcano situated right on the western edge of the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand's South Island. The mountain's northern and southern aspects present steep, jagged rhyolite cliffs an interesting contrast to the beech forest and tussock of the east and west sides respectively.

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Sunday 3rd November: City to Surf & Surf to Surf

The Mitre10 MEGA City to Surf and Bay of Plenty Times Surf to Surf on Sunday, 3 November 2019 is an annual fun run and walk in Tauranga. This is the largest fun run / walk in the Bay of Plenty.

The City to Surf half marathon and 11km start outside the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club on Keith Allen Drive at Sulphur Point. Both distances finish by running around the stunning base track of the Mount and finish on the main beach outside the Mount Surf Club on the Main Beach.

The Surf to Surf 5km starts and finishes at the surf club, and also runs around the base track of the Mount.

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Saturday 9th November: Valley Ultra

ULTRA NZ is an Ultra Series tackling New Zealand's best terrain. We believe the best way to see Te Whenua o Aotearoa is on foot, and we're going to take you on epic journeys through some of the most beautiful, tough and iconic landscapes NZ has to offer. 

Lace up your shoes and get ready, the first of the Ultra NZ Series is here with the Valley Ultra. The Valley Ultra is a new event in 2019, to be held in the Craigeburn Valley in Canterbury.

Taking in the scenic, demanding and stunning Craigeburn Valley, run in the shadow of Mt Cheeseman - and maybe up it a little! These courses are awesome - how could they not be in this area of the South Island?!

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Saturday 16th November: Queenstown International Marathon 

The Queenstown International Marathon on Saturday, 16 November 2019 incorporates a 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon, 10km fun run and kids fun run events.

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.

The course offers a unique mix of running terrain including smooth hard packed trails and road running. It features easy running on a mainly flat course, with some undulations to keep it interesting.

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Sunday 1st December: Nelson Striders Half Marathon

The Nelson Striders Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday, 1 December 2019 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!

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Sunday 8th December: Canterbury Half Marathon

The Canterbury Half Marathon returns to Pegasus for a second year on Sunday, 8 December 2019.

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.

The 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 marathons you've ever done!

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Saturday 14th December: 3 Bridges Marathon

The Pak n Save 3 Bridges Marathon in Wanganui on Saturday, 14 December 2019 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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NZ Running Calendar 2020