NZ Running Calendar

NZ Running Calendar 2017/2018 





Saturday 25th August: Mount Maunganui Half Marathon 

Come explore Mount Maunganui for an all new 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. 

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Sunday 27th August: Cambridge Half Marathon 

The Cambridge Half Marathon, 10km and 5km is an annual running/walking event at Cambridge High School.

The Half Marathon course follows a low-traffic, mainly flat, extremely scenic course north and east of Cambridge, along Flume, Aspin and Maungakawa roads. The 10km course cuts through Tulip Drive and Watkins Road to join the half marathon course at around the 5km mark. The 5km event takes in the scenic walkway between Watkins Road and Thornton Road.

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Sunday 3rd September: North Shore Marathon, Takapuna

The Broderick Print North Shore Marathon has full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K options, as well as a kids 2K beach run.

The course is a 21.1km circuit that starts along Takapuna Beach, makes its way down to Devonport, taking in Narrow Neck Beach and Cheltenham Beach before tackling North Head, returning to Takapuna then onto a loop around Milford before heading back to Takapuna Beach.

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Saturday 9th September: Kaikoura Whale Run

The Kaikoura Whale Run is an annual run/walk half marathon, 10km fun run and walk and kids 2km race.

Each race follows a loop course which starts and ends at Kaikoura Suburban School. They follow the Kowhai River bank, along the base of Mt Fyffe and finishing with picturesque scenes of Kaikoura. See the official website (link below) for a full course map for each event.

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Sunday 10th September: Dunedin Marathon 

The annual Cadbury Dunedin Marathon in Dunedin has a full Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Children's Marathon Challenge.

The marathon is a point to point course starting at Harington Point and finishing at Watson Park. The half marathon takes in the second half of the marathon course, starting 100 metres North of Teviot Street on Portsmouth Drive.

The Children's Marathon Challenge involves children completing a series of runs over Term 3 that equal 40 kilometres, and the final 2.195 kilometres on the day of the Cadbury Moro Marathon event.

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Sunday 17th September: Hatuma Lime Half Marathon, Waipukurau

The Hatuma Lime Half Marathon starts from the Waipukurau Racecourse and runs around Lake Hatuma. Run or walk as an individual or in a 4 person team relay.

The course takes in the entire circumference of Lake Hatuma, going in a clockwise direction. It is mostly flat, with a 5km stretch of undulations and provides for a very pleasant and scenic event that continues to attract both local & outside participants.

Hatuma Lime Fleet vehicles are roaming the course and are available to transport team members between transition points. Teams are encouraged to use this event transport to help reduce the traffic flow around the course.

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Saturday 23rd September: Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon 


The Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon is a road running in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, and is held the day before the Aoraki Mount Cook Classic Cycle Race.

 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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Sunday 24th September: Devonport Half Marathon 

The Devonport Half Marathon is an annual 21.1km half marathon, and 5km, 10km & 15km fun run/walk events and 2km kids run in Auckland. This event was originally known as The Devonport Classic and has been held every year since 2002.

Placed five 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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Sunday 1st October: Taranaki Half Marathon 

The annual Taranaki Daily News Half Marathon in New Plymouth is described as "undulating but scenic".

The Half Marathon has been run by the New Plymouth Joggers and Walkers Club since 1980. The club was founded in 1976.

It starts and finishes at the Pukekura Raceway and is a picturesque event from the city environs to open countryside with Mt Taranaki as a backdrop.

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Saturday 7 October: Great Barrier Island Whard to Wharf 

The Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon begins at Port FitzRoy wharf and finishes at Tryphena wharf.

As well as the full marathon there are also two half marathons (choose from the trail version or the road version), both of which can be run/walked or mountain biked, and 10km and 5km fun runs.  Participants will experience rugged native bush, kauri, nikau, manuka, fern and some of the most unspoilt native forest left in New Zealand. The course includes sections on gravel roads, 4WD tracks, trails, roads and a lot of up and down. The second half of the marathon is on sealed road.

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Sunday 8th October: Hamilton Half Marathon

The Direct Group Uniforms Hamilton Half Marathon 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 8th October: Wairarapa Country Marathon

The Wairarapa Country Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K run and walk events 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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Saturday 14th October: Taupo Ultramarathon 

The Taupo Ultramarathon returns in 2017 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 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 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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