The 40th Dunedin Marathon running race is due to be held on Sunday 9th September 2018. The event in Dunedin, New Zealand was initiated by Athletics Otago in 1979 and since 1985 has been organised by the local Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club.
The feature officially recognised events are the marathon and half marathon. However, in order to give more people the opportunity to participate and improve their fitness and to keep up with innovations, the Caversham organisers have added further events and technology:
- The Half Marathon Recreational Walk was added in 1995
- In 2010 digital transponders were introduced which has more recently enabled live provisional results to be picked up on competitor’s and spectator’s mobile devices during race day.
- In 2015 the Quarter Marathon Run and Walk events were added. If you’re moderately fit and would like to take that next step, this just may be your ideal opportunity to have an inspirational day out.
- 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 slightly 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 relative 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 for reasons that we won’t go into here, but it’s to do with the possible detrimental effects of sustained impact on a developing body.
- Quarter marathon run (11.7 km – the distance tbc) is a useful target for those of you who run a bit who need a bit of a challenge. It’s also a good for younger runners who are keen on running longer distances. Yes, for those of you with a mathematical bent, it’s a bit further than quarter of a marathon and a quarter marathon is not an Internationally recognised distance.
In 2017, 274 completed this distance consisting of 193 females and 81 males.
- Half marathon recreational walk – in 2017, 121 completed the walk, including 92 females and 29 males.
- Quarter marathon recreational walk – in 2017, 169 walkers including 139 females and 30 males.