NZ Running Calendar

NZ Running Calendar 2018 

 

 

 

 

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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Saturday 24th March: Hokianga Half Marathon 

The Hokianga Half Marathon on Saturday, 24 March 2018 starts at Rawene in Northland and runs along State Highway 12 to Opononi.

Proceeds from the event go to Hokianga Health & St John Ambulance Hokianga.

Prize giving and the finish line is at Opononi Area School. There are buses from Opononi to the start at Rawene, and then at the finish to take participants back to Rawene.

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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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Saturday 7th April: Ruapehu Ring of Fire 

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire on Saturday, 7 April 2018 will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging and exhilarating alpine adventure running events in the Southern Hemisphere with its unique combination of terrain, distance, altitude and views.

Participants will be treated to a mix of desert, scoria and lava fields, stunning native bush, scraggy tussock desert like terrain, crystal clear mountain streams as well as breath taking climbs and expansive views of one of the most treasured landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Saturday 7th April: Wanaka Sun Marathon 

The Wanaka Sun Marathon is an off road sporting event held in April each year, with this year's event on Saturday, 7 April 2018.

April is a great time to experience the autumn colours that really light up the river and forest trails.

The Marathon, 10km & 5km events all start at the Albert Town Tavern on the outskirts of Wanaka. All are loop courses and are run over well groomed trails that meander alongside the beautifully scenic Cluther River.

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Sunday 15th April: Tauranga Half Marathon 

The Tauranga Half Marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km and Matua Mile on Sunday, 15 April 2018 have scenic courses that take in numerous local parks, reserves and walkways.

All races are fully on-road in the CBD and along the seaside. Expect to post smart times on the rolling, scenic, half marathon course, which includes a loop of the Tauranga CBD streets, picturesque Memorial Park, plus Beach Road, Harbour Drive and Kulim Park. All events are fast and flat with very little elevation gain.

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Saturday 5th May: Rotorua Marathon  

The 54th Rotorua Marathon on Saturday, 5 May 2018 is an annual event with full 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon, 10.55km quarter marathon and 5.5km running/walking events.

One of the unique charms of the full marathon is one lap of Lake Rotorua is almost exactly the full marathon distance (give or take a few hundred metres). No more. No less. Perfect.

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Saturday 5th May: Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon 

The Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon, 10km & 5km run on Saturday, 5 May 2018 is held annually, in the picturesque Village of Hanmer Springs, 130km NW of Christchurch.

The race, which is organised by Amazing Days on behalf of The Community Trust as a community fundraiser. The Hanmer 4 square half marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst some amazing mountain scenery. The is a great pre race for The Christchurch Marathon.

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Saturday 5th May: Waiheke Half Marathon 

Come away to Waiheke Island for an incredible event incorporating a 21km half marathon and 5km & 10km fun runs on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

Take in the best of Waiheke Island with a weekend full of entertainment options and highlights of the Island. The course will take you by stunning beaches, past vineyards and along quiet country roads - all finishing at Alison Park where you can celebrate your efforts with friends and family.

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Saturday 12th May: Air NZ Hawke's Bay International Marathon 

The Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon Run on Saturday, 12 May 2018 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.

Escape away with friends for the weekend, experience all Hawke's Bay has to offer in late autumn and enjoy the challenge and festive celebration of running.

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Saturday 19th May: Mt Oxofrd Odyssey 

The Oxford Odyssey on Saturday, 19 May 2018 is a 42km mountain marathon run, 21km half marathon run or tramp, and 15km run or tramp over Mt Oxford in Canterbury.

Spectacular views of Canterbury await those who venture up 1364m to the summit. The descent takes you through beautiful native forest as you complete the loop.

The run starts at Coopers Creek car park and runs across some farmland before the tough but rewarding grunt to the summit.

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Saturday 26th May: Whitianga Half Marathon 

The Whitianga first Half Marathon is on Saturday, 26 May 2018, following a fast and flat scenic loop of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay on both pathways and sealed roads.

There is a 21km 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. All profits will be donated back into the area.

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Sunday 3rd June: ASB Christchurch Marathon  

The ASB Christchurch Marathon on Sunday, 3 June 2018 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 3rd June: Bay of Islands Running Festival & Paihia Half Marathon 

The Bay of Islands Running Festival & Paihia Half Marathon is on Sunday, 3 June 2018.

The festival includes a 21km half marathon, 12km & 5km fun runs, a 1km dash and the "Flagstaff Challenge".

The 21km course takes you along Paihia waterfront through Waitangi and the stunning Haruru Falls bush track. The 12km course heads through the Haruru Falls Track around the back roads and back to the Copthorne.

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Sunday 3rd June: Mount Runners Half Marathon 

The Mount Runners Half Marathon on Sunday, 3 June 2018 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 24th June: Monaco Mid Winter Marathon 

The Monaco Mid Winter Marathon on Sunday, 24 June 2018 runs from Monaco in Nelson to Rabbit Island and back and can be run on your own or as a two person team relay changing over at Rabbit Island, or a 6 person relay team.

Entry is by voluntary donation and the donation of a spot prize. It remains a strong, underlying, & enduring philosophy of the event that lack of means should not be a barrier to participation. As an "entry fee" all that is requested is a voluntary donation to a chosen charity and the donation of a small spot prize! That's it, no other strings attached!

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Sunday 1st July: Wellington Marathon 

The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km fun run, 5km fun run and Kids Magic Mile are based at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday, 1 July 2018 and all races consist of flat out and back courses.

Almost 5000 runners and walkers participate in this annual event, which was established by the Wellington Marathon Clinic and has been Wellington's favourite footrace for 30 years.

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Sunday 1st July: Women's Half Marathon  

‚ÄčThe Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, 1 July 2018 is New Zealand's first all women's half marathon.

Located on the waterfront, this two lap course will have you running the streets and footpaths of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter and Tamaki Drive. From the downtown Auckland start & finish line, to Tamaki Drive and the Viaduct Basin, this is a course for every runner's must-do list.

This event is more than a race: it's a celebration of women with strength!

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Saturday 14th July: WUU-2K Marathon & Ultramarathon - Wellington   

WUU-2K is the The Wellington Urban Ultra 2K (2km of climb), a 43km marathon and 62km ultramarathon on Saturday, 14 July 2018.

There's about 2500 metres of elevation over the 62km course.

The run takes you on either a 43km trail marathon, or a 62km ultra marathon around the peaks that circle the outskirts of the CBD. These include Mt Kaukau, Makara Peak, Tawatawa Reserve, Mt Albert, and Mt Victoria.

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Saturday 21st July: Captain Cook's Trail Run - Marlborough Sounds   

Captain Cook's Landing on Saturday, 21 July 2018 is an annual 26km off road trail run on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.

The course is a point to point run from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track. Competitors travel via boat to the start at Camp Bay, run through to the finish at Ship Cove, where lunch awaits and then boat back to Picton for the evening prizegiving function.

All race day transport, dinner and lunch is included as part of the entry fee package.

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Saturday 4th August: Hoka ONE ONE Taupo Marathon 

The Hoka ONE ONE Taupo Marathon on Saturday, 4 August 2018 has a full 42km marathon, along with a 21km half marathon, and 10km & 5km fun run events, and is part of the Run Taupo Series.

The event is one of New Zealand's longest standing and most iconic running and walking events, and which saw the addition of a full marathon in 2015. The full marathon can be run solo or as part of a two person team relay.

There will be a new on-road marathon course for 2018

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Sunday 12th August: Kaitaia Run and Walk  

The Kaitaia Run/Walk on Sunday, 12 August 2018 is part of the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series.

The 12.5km event follows the Church Road loop and incorporates 5km of loose metal. The 4.6km event follows the same course but finishes at Oturu School.

Please note the details on the website are based on the previous event and are subject to change. They will be updated as more information comes to hand about the current event.

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Saturday 25th August: Mount Maunganui Half Marathon 

Come explore Mount Maunganui on Saturday, 25 August 2018 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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Saturday 25th August: The North Range Trio  

The North Range Trio on Saturday, 25 August 2018 offers three off-road events that cater to everyone's needs.

 Join this exciting day of running/walking through the wind farms of the northern Tararua ranges. Choose between the scenic point-to-point 25km North Range Traverse, the shorter, but equally challenging, out-and-back 12.5km Hall Block Humdinger, or the gnarly and formidable 50km Catchment Ultra - still the only off-road ultra marathon in the Manawatu.

 With stunning views over Wairarapa and the Manawatu, you are sure to be in for a treat!

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Saturday 1st September: The Hoka ONE ONE Kinloch Off Road Challenge

The Hoka ONE ONE Kinloch Off Road Challenge in Kinloch near Taupo on Saturday, 1 September 2018 is part of the Run Taupo Series, with full & marathons, 10km & 5km fun runs, and a kids dash.

This event has a little something awesome for everyone, whether you amble around the 5km course or take on the full marathon, you're guaranteed a great day out with great people.

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Sunday 2nd September: North Shore Marathon 

The Broderick Print North Shore Marathon on Sunday, 2 September 2018 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 8th September: Kaikoura Whale Run 

The Kaikoura Whale Run on Saturday, 8 September 2018 is an annual run/walk half marathon, 10km fun run and walk and kids 2km race.

Now into its 12th year, the Kaikoura Whale Run began life in the school grounds of Kaikoura Suburban School as the Kaikoura Suburban Half Marathon. The idea was to create a fun event fundraiser that could encourage folk to have a get fit project over winter to feel great for the summer.

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.

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