Race Day - 3rd June 2018

General Info

Event Village

All activities on race weekend will be based from the Event Village at Cathedral Square in central Christchurch.

This includes the pre-race registration, start, finish and prize giving.

On race day a secure bag storage area will be available inside the main Marquee.

There will be entertainment, sponsor displays, event merchandise and vendors with food and beverages available all weekend.

Travel and Transport

The Cathedral Square Event Village is very convenient.

15min from Christchurch International Airport.

Bus routes from all suburbs stop one block from Cathedral Square.

For Race day traffic updates and best routes to the race... Click Here.

Car Parking

There is excellent car parking within 1k of Event Village in all directions.

No parking will be allowed on the course at any time during the race.

Click Here for maps showing all car parking in central Christchurch.


6:30am         Event Village Opens

7:30am         Full Marathon Special Drinks Closes (refer below)

7:30am         Participants begin assembling at Start (except Kids' Mara'Fun)

7:45am         Pre-race Briefing (compulsory)

7:59am         START – Wheelchair Racers (refer below)

8:00am         START - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k (runners, walkers)

8:30am         10k Winner Expected

9:00am         Half Marathon Winner Expected

10:15am       Marathon Winner Expected

12noon         Kids' Mara'Fun called to Muster Area

12:30pm       START - Kids' 1k Mara'Fun (age 5-6yrs)

12:40pm       START - Kids' 1.8k Mara'Fun (age 7-8yrs) 

12:55pm       START - Kids' 1.8k Mara'Fun (age 9-10yrs)

1:10pm         START - Kids' 2.6k Mara'Fun (age 11-12yrs & 13-15yrs) 

1:45pm         PRIZE GIVING - Event Village, Cathedral Square

Start / Finish

All events START on Colombo St, on the north side of Cathedral Square, facing north.

The start area will be divided up into zones based on your predicted time. Line up in a realistic zone.

Walkers should line up from the 2hr time zone.

The Kids Mara'Fun should assemble outside the Police Kiosk on the north side of cathedral Square from 12noon onward.

All events FINISH heading south on Colombo St, running around the back of the Cathedral to finish on the south side of Cathedral Square.

Join A Pace Team !

In conjunction with Spectrum PrintCompleteperformance.co.nz,  and Runner's World Magazine, you have the opportunity to achieve a time goal by joining a Pace Team led by an experienced runner.

On race day, for identification Pace Team Leaders will wear unique race numbers front & rear, and carry tall flags. 

At the start Pace Leaders will assemble from 7:30am beside the time zone for your goal pace times listed below.

Pace Team Time Goals:  1hr 30min / 1hr 40min / 1hr 50min / 2hrs / 2hrs 10min / 2hrs 20min.

NB: Pace Teams are designed to aid the Half Marathon, but 10k and Full Marathon also benefit until they turn off.

Kids Mara'Fun

The Kids' Mara'Fun is open to children aged 5 to 15 years.

Participants run between 1k and 3k, depending on age as below.

Kids categories are 5-6yrs, 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, 13-15yrs.

Parents and/or guardians are welcome to accompany their child on the course at no charge.

Parents must accompany any child under seven years.

Kids must assemble from 12noon on the north side of Cathedral Square, outside the Police kiosk.

Kids 5-6yrs - 1k (1 lap).

Kids 7-8yrs - 1.8k (2 laps)

Kids 9-10yrs - 1.8k (2 laps)

Kids 11-12yrs - 2.6k (3 laps)

Kids 13-15yrs - 2.6k (3 laps).

Click Here for Course Description & Map.

Aid Stations

Aid Stations are every approx. 5k & consist of Toilets, First Aid & Drinks.

Drink Stations provide water and Powerade Isotonic energy drink in paper cups.

There are no sponges, Coke or bottles.

Aid Station Locations
> Hagley Pk, approx. halfway between Harper Ave & Riccarton Ave (5.5k).
> Victoria St, in front of Christchurch Casino (8k).
> Madras St (Half Marathon & Full Marathon only – 10k & 31k).
> Cnr Locklsey Ave & McBratney’s Rd (Half & Full Marathon only – 16k, 26k, 37k).
> Waratah St (Full Marathon only – 20.5k).

Full Marathon Special Drinks

Full Marathon Special Drinks will be catered for at drink station from 10k onward.

Special Drinks should be handed in at the Main Marquee by 7:30am on race day.

They must be marked clearly with race number and the drink station you want them left at (10k onward only) as per following locations.

Electronic Timing

Participants receive a race number, with disposable timing chip on the back.

The race number must be worn high on the chest, on the outside of clothing.

The race number/chip must not be tampered with or altered in any way.

The race number/chip does not need to be returned.


The Event Village has ample portable toilets on every side.

Portable toilets will be available at Drink Stations.

Safety & Rules

Race Rules

Entries are not transferable to other people.

You must wear your race number on your chest, on the outside of clothing.

You must not tamper with or adjust your race 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 side of the road and give way to traffic at all times, unless advised otherwise by marshals 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, 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 Notices

Music Devices
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.

Road Controls
There will be road controls in effect on 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 emergency vehicles. The road controls 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 to the side of the road, watch for traffic and obey normal road rules.

Road Quality
With much of Christchurch still under rebuild some sections of the course are uneven and/or rough. As much as possible the event has improved the worst areas, but participants need to be be alert to rough surfaces and gravel at times. 

NB:   Due to road closure restrictions the course organisation closes at 2:00pm.

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