NZ Running Calendar


NZ Running Calendar 2019





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 24th February: The Press Run to Remember

On Sunday 24 February, Cantabrians and visitors, runners and walkers, will gather in Victoria Park for the sixth annual Run to Remember.

This is Canterbury’s most meaningful 10km, encouraging reflection, hope and optimism for our region’s future. The Greater Christchurch and Canterbury region is known around New Zealand and the world as a source of inspiration, resilience and a very special sense of community.

Starting in Victoria Park, the 10km walk/run course features views over Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, allowing for reflection and remembrance.

Thank you to our event partners, for helping to bring a very special event to communities who count on this opportunity to reflect and remember: The Press, The Athlete’s Foot, Athletics Canterbury, HireKing, Life Education Trust and Healthy Families Christchurch.

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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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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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