FAQs

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 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. 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?
There will be transport to the start of the full marathon, that starts at the Portobello Recreation Reserve. All other events will start outside the Sargood Centre on Logan Park Drive.

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?
If your estimated time entered in your entry is 5 hours or more, you will be contacted regarding the potential of an early start. Please note that early starters will NOT be eligible for podium places and prizes (apart from spot prizes). This is because if you start early you will not have raced with the other podium finishers.

Will the drink stations have sports drinks or only water?
There will be water and a Pure 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?
There are no refunds if you are unable to attend or change you mind. You can however transfer your entry to another person but there will be a fee charged for this service, given it’s a manual process. Contact us if that’s what you require.

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?
The tear off strip on your race number will used as a tag to loop around your gear bag to be picked up at the finish line. After the race, if you attend prizegiving, there will be box or bucket to drop off your tag to be put in the draw for spot prizes. If your name is called out, you must be there to pick up your prize. If you’re not there you will miss out and there will be a redraw.

Will there be a refund if the Dunedin Marathon is cancelled?
If the Dunedin Marathon is cancelled due to COVID-19 levels 2, 3 and 4 being introduced prior to 24 August 2021, all entrants will receive a 75% refund on their entry fee and full refund on the t-shirt.

If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 levels 2, 3 and 4 being introduced after 23 August 2021, no refund will be available.

Alternatively, rather than receiving a refund, transfer to the 2022 Dunedin Marathon is available at all pricing levels.

In the event of cancellation, all entrants will be contacted by email.