40th Dunedin Marathon

Early Bird entry open soon

Early Bird entry for the 40th Dunedin Marathon (marathon, half marathon run and walk, quarter run and walk and NZ Half Marathon Championship) will be open as soon as courses have been confirmed. All courses are currently under review and subject to negotiation with the local authorities.

Something for everyone from the modestly fit to the ultra competitive.

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  • Marathon (42.2 km)
  • Half Marathon run (21.1 km)
    • NZ Championship Half Marathon
    • Dunedin Half Marathon (all NZ Championship entries will also be entered as part the Dunedin race)
  • Half Marathon Recreational Walk (21.1 km)
  • 11.7 km run (previously known as the quarter marathon)
  • 11.7 km recreational walk

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New Zealand Half Marathon Championships

In 2018, the half marathon will also serve as the New Zealand Half Marathon Championship event.

  • To be eligible for this event you need to be a registered competitive athlete on race day at an athletics and/or harrier club affiliated with Athletics New Zealand. You may put in your entry before the start of the 2018-2019 season, but need to be registered by race day. Please ask your club if you are unsure.
  • If you choose to enter the NZ Half Marathon Championship, you will also be part of the Dunedin Half Marathon event i.e. if you finish, you will have a place in the NZ Championship event as well as the Dunedin event.
  • The results will be split into age categories. Note that live results on the website on race day will not be split into age categories, but the details will show overall placings in this event. Prize giving details tbc.
  • The half marathon is restricted to persons 16 years and over on race day.
  • Prizes – if you receive a prize for the NZ championship, you will not be eligible for a prize in the Dunedin race i.e. no-one will receive more than one prize. (Unless you receive a spot prize).

More things to consider:

  • Marathon (42.2 km) – is and always will be a considerable undertaking that requires an enormous amount of preparation. In 2017, 133 runners completed this iconic distance that consisted of 88 males and 45 females aged between 18 and 76!
  • Half marathon run (21.1 km) – although a considerable distance, the half marathon is suprisingly doable for fitter people who want to take that extra step and is the most popular event. In 2017, 648 runners completed the 21.1 km, with a relatively even split of females (329) and males (319) with a spread of finish times from 1hr 14mins 45secs to 3hrs 48mins 45ecs.
    The Half Marathon is NOT recommended for younger runners unless that runner is very well trained and regularly runs long distances.
  • Quarter marathon run (11.7 km – distance tbc) is a useful target for those of you who run a bit and want a bit of a challenge. It’s also suitable for younger runners who are keen on running longer distances.
    In 2017, 274 completed this event consisting of 193 females and 81 males.
  • Half marathon recreational walk – in 2017, 121 completed the walk, including 92 females and 29 males.
    NB: It’s called a “recreational” walk, because there are no official judges checking race walking technique. However, even though it’s recreational, walkers get really annoyed (even angry) when they see other walkers “cheating” using techniques that are running rather than walking and will report you.
    There are also normally one or more real competitive walkers who take this event very seriously.
  • Quarter marathon recreational walk – in 2017, 169 walkers including 139 females and 30 males.
    The comments above regarding the half marathon walk also apply to the quarter.