Great Aerial Video... Check out this great aerial footage from race day... Click Here

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Race Photos... The guys & girls from Marathon-photos.com have more than 30,000 pics of you on race day... Click Here

History Repeats in 2014...

Sam Wreford & Liza Galvan repeated their 2012 double today, with Galvan winning for a record fifth time... More Here

Race Records...

Apparently some people like the cold... Updated Race Record Here

Chch Press great coverage on race day... Click Here

2014 T-Shirt Designs...

Great performance T's from Asics & Thermal T's from Thermatech...
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Some Great Video Tips For Race Day... Click Here

Community Embracing Christchurch's Marathon... More Here

Fast Half Marathon Times Expected... More Here

Redemption Rife in Full Marathon Field... More Here

Exiting New Finish For Airport...

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Win A London Marathon Trip...

All adult entrants are eligible for a draw to win a trip to the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. Just put your race number in the bin as you enter the prize giving.

Record Bonuses...

Along with $22,500 prize money, there are record bonuses...

Prize Pool... Click Here

Race Records - Click Here

Elite Support Programme...

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Event Village
The Christchurch Airport Marathon will be staged from an Event Village on Orchard Road, just 5min walk away from Christchurch Airport’s main terminal, and 10min walk from event host the Copthorne Hotel Commodore.

Travel and Transport
The Event Village on Orchard Road within Christchurch Airport is very convenient.
For drivers, Russley Road and Memorial Avenue give direct access from the eastern and southern suburbs and southern towns. For northern suburbs and northern towns, the Main North Road, Johns Road, Harewood Road and Russley Road give direct access.
Normal city bus services to Christchurch Airport will drop passengers within a 5min walk of the Event Village.
The event host, Copthorne Hotel Commodore on Memorial Avenue, will run a race day shuttle for marathon guests.

Car Parking
There is excellent car parking right next to the Event Village... Click Here for Car Parking Map
Race day parking is behind the Event Village on Orchard Rd. Access is via 2 gates only:
1) from Russley Rd, using the north bound lane only... or...
2) from Wairakei Rd, via Memorial Ave and Orchard Rd only.  
There is no race day access from Harewood Rd.
NB: On race day there is to be no parking on Harewood Rd, Russley Rd, Wairakei Rd or Orchard Rd.


All events start & finish on Orchard Road.

The Start Line will be sectioned off into very definite zones pertaining to your expected finish time. Please line up in a realistic zone to avoid discomfort and crowding for you & others.

Wallkers are asked to line up toward the back of the field please.

Start/Finish area open for participants to arrive


Full Marathon Special Drinks Drop Off - see details below.


All entrants at Start Area (except Kids' Mara'Fun)


"Compulsory" pre-race briefing (except Kids' Mara'Fun)




START - Marathon & Half Marathon - Racing Wheelchairs


START - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k - Run, Walk, Daychairs



START - Kids' 1k Mara'Fun (age 5-6yrs)


START - Kids' 3k Mara'Fun (age 13-15yrs)


START - Kids' 3k Mara'Fun (age 11-12yrs)


START - Kids' 3k Mara'Fun (age 9-10yrs)


START - Kids' 3k Mara'Fun (age 7-8yrs)



PRIZE GIVING - Event Village, Orchard Rd


NB: Due to time constraints the veterans awards in all events at the prize giving will only include veteran men & women overall (40yrs+). The Veteran age group awards for the Full Marathon and Half Marathon will not be presented on stage, but will be available from the Info Booth. See Prize Pool page.

Elite Start Criteria

There will be a cordoned-off elite start area. To qualify, athletes must be capable of the following performance guidelines.
Elite athletes can leave gear in the tent beside the start line.

Click Here to Apply for Elite Start.


Men: sub-33min

Women: sub-38min

Half Marathon

Men: sub-1hr 13min

Women: sub-1hr 23min

Full Marathon

Men: sub-2hrs 35min

Women: sub-3hrs

Walkers Start Area

Walkers are asked please to line up toward the rear of the field. This will ensure a safe and comfortable first few kilometres for both walkers and runners.

Join A Pace Team !
In conjunction with Completeperformance.co.nz, Spectrum Print and Runner's World Magazine, you have the opportunity to achieve a time goal by joining a Pace Team led by an experienced runner. Pace Teams are designed to aid the Half Marathon, but the 10k and Full Marathon can also benefit until they turn off.
It’s a great way to get you closer to that ultimate best time. The time goals for each Pace Team are listed below. Your Pace Team Leader will help keep the group on pace for that goal.
On race day, for identification Pace Team Leaders will wear unique race numbers front & rear, and carry tall flags.
At the start they will assemble from 8:00am beside the time zone for your goal pace times listed below.
Pace Team Time Goals:  1hr 30min / 1hr 40min / 1hr 50min / 2hrs / 2hrs 10min.

Kids Mara'Fun - Parents & Guardians

The Kids' Mara'Fun is open to children aged 15 years and under. Parents and/or guardians of Kids Mara'Fun entrants are welcome to accompany their child on the course. There is no charge to parents wishing to do this. Parents must accompany any child under five years.

Drink Stations
There will be drink stations at the points marked on the course map, at least every 5k.
Drink stations will provide Powerade and plain water.
The Full Marathon will have provision for personal "Special Drinks" at 4.5k, 8k, 10k, 13k, 18k, 22k, 27k, 30.5k, 33k, 34k, 37.5k, 40k. These must be marked clearly with race number and which drink station, and left at Main Marquee by 8:00am on race day.


Timing and results will be provided by Timing Sports NZ Ltd. You will be issued with a timing chip when you pick up your race pack. The chip must be attached within your shoelace. There are instructions on the rear of your race number.

After finishing the chip must be returned or you will be invoiced $50 for non-return and be ineligible for major spot prizes.


The start/finish area has portable toilets in all car park areas and the start/finish area on Orchard Road.

Portable toilets will be available on the course at Drink Stations, or as marked on course map.

Race Rules

Entries are not transferable to other people.

You must attach the timing chip within your shoelaces.

You must wear your race number on your chest, and must not alter the number in any way.

You must start within the zone that fits with your estimated finish time zone.

You must follow the course as set out in the event programme (issued with your race pack).

You must obey directions of course marshals and police at all times.

You must keep to the left side of the road and give way to traffic at all times, unless advised otherwise by marshalls or Police.

Entrants being overtaken must give right of way to faster entrants during the race.

You must not be accompanied or assisted in any way by cyclists, vehicles, animals or people not entered in the race.

Absolutely no child buggies, cycles, handcycles, skateboards, scooters or roller blades on the course.

Organisers reserve the right to require further information regarding entrants less than 16 years of age.

Only entrants wearing the official race number bib will be allowed to enter the finishing chute.

All entrants must comply with the rules of Athletics New Zealand and the International Athletic Federation.

Any entrant who contravenes general competition or race rules will be ineligible for prizes.

Important Safety Notice

# The use of any sort of music devises is strongly discouraged. These are dangerous due to users not being able to hear instructions from course officials or hear movements of other participants around them. We have had participants fall over due to users of earplug music devises. Please do not wear these during the event.

# There will be some road controls in effect during parts of the course. BUT this does not mean there will be no vehicles on the roads. We must cater for traffic movements at major intersections, resident movements on the course, and access for emeregency vehicles. The road closures enable you to legally run on the road, but they do not give you sole use of the road. At all times you must keep left, watch for traffic and obey normal road rules.

NB: Be aware that due to road closure and course management restrictions, the course will be officially closed at 2:00pm.













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