The 2021 Dunedin Marathon will be held in September. Here are some answers to FAQs that will more than likely apply to the Dunedin Marathon this year.

Do walkers get a medal?
All participants who finish their event will be given a medal. That includes all runners and walkers. But you do need to finish.

Can a 17 year old experienced distant runner get dispensation to run the marathon?
The age of the competitor on the day of the full marathon must be 18 years or over. This is a fairly standard rule and there are no exceptions.

I have previously run the half marathon, but the rule now says that I’m not old enough. Can I get dispensation to run?
We  have taken the lead of many other marathons and strictly adhere to the rule that the competitor must be 16 years or older on the day to run or walk the half marathon. We appreciate that in the past there have been some very good performances by younger runners but on the other hand there have also been some alarming ones as well.

Where will the toilets be placed on the course.
Toilets can be seen in the course maps. Toilets are generally available near each drinks station which are spaced approximately 5 km apart. Depending on the location the toilets available will either be portaloos or public toilets.

Is the full marathon certified?
Yes the full marathon will be measured by a person certified to measure marathon courses. The half marathon, 10 km and 5 km courses will also be certified. Athletics NZ were particular in ensuring that the course for the NZ Half Marathon Championships is being measured by a qualified technician. However the courses will NOT be AIMS certified.

Are there any hills in the course?
That depends on what you consider to be a hill. There are certainly some rises but they are relatively short in distance but may be relatively steep depending what you think is steep.

Can I get free entries to run for charity?
We cannot give away free entries, however we will do our best to support you. Please contact us if you are organising a group to run or walk for charity.

Will there be any transport to the start of the events?
Assuming that future marathons will start away from the finish line, buses will be organised to take you to the start. The fee for buses will be covered by the registration fee.

You have a time limit of 5 hours and permission to run the event between 8.00am and 1.00pm. What happens if I take longer than 5 hours?
Start times will be reviewed for future events.

Will the drink stations have sports drinks or only water?
There will be water and a top branded sports drink available at each drink station.

Am I allowed to wear head phones while running or walking?
We recommend for reasons of safety and rhythm that you don’t wear an audio device. However, these devices are not prohibited from any of the Dunedin Marathon events.

Can I change my details if I entered online?
This is a manual process. Contact us will be used to sort out any changes required.

Can groups of people enter together?
Yes, but the process is a little more complicated in that you need to add people to your account login. If you’re pretty good online you’ll figure it out. If you have any problems, please contact us.

I’ve entered, but I’m now not available that weekend. Can I get a refund?
Sorry, entries are non-refundable. However you may transfer your entry to another person. Charge will be reviewed for future events.

I’ve entered the marathon, but I’ve changed my mind and want to run the half marathon instead. What should I do?
Contact us and we will change your entry for you.
NB: If you’re in the less likely situation where you’ve entered the half marathon and want to run the full marathon, this can also be amended, but we will require an additional payment. Contact us and we’ll make arrangements with you.

Is the half marathon suitable for a wheelchair athlete?
Sorry, most of all the courses (full and half marathon, 10 km) is open and only separated from traffic by use of traffic cones. Therefore there is insufficient space for a wheelchair athlete to safely negotiate any of the courses without the possibility of compromising the safety of themselves and/or runners and walkers.

How do I know if I’ve won a spot prize?
Spot prize processes will be reviewed for future events.

Will there be a refund if the Dunedin Marathon is cancelled?
The refund options will be determined depending on when the event is cancelled. If the event is cancelled, entrants will be contacted.