Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon
Come Play in the Bay!
Running Events, Shoe Science Tauranga Crossing and the City of Tauranga are thrilled to welcome you to the 2022 Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon! The bay city will provide a stunning backdrop for runners and walkers taking part in one of New Zealand’s top city marathons. With a finish line right in the heart of downtown Tauranga, we promise an unforgettable experience on race day – for runners, walkers, dashers and spectators alike. And after two years of pandemic-related disruption, we are ready to ROCK IT IN 2022!
Marathon & Ultra
Our premier race is the full distance, 42.2km Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon – and we’re pulling out all the stops for our marathoners to offer you an unrivaled event experience. Your course includes highlights such as Ocean Beach in Mount Maunganui, the stunning base track around Mauao, the broad sweep of the Harbour Bridge and the jaw-dropping beauty of the Waikareao Estuary loop. And if that's isn't enough, why not start in the city, tag on an extra 8k aperitiff and take on the 50k Ultra Marathon? All races conclude with a thrilling city centre finish in the heart of the bars and restaurants of downtown Tauranga.
The Tee You Can't Buy in the Shops
How do you know someone at the party has run a marathon? Usually the answer is "don't worry, they'll tell you!" Tauranga Marathon and Ultra finishers won't need to say a word, however, because they'll be wearing their exclusive (and free) Marathon/Ultra Finisher t-shirt!
It's Not Just For The Distance Nuts
Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon incorporates a stunning Half Marathon, a flat and fast 10k Classic, a fun and achievable 5k and a 2k kids dash for the future Olympians. Everyone takes home a beautiful and exclusive finisher medal – along with memories that will last a lifetime.
We take our finisher medals seriously
Forget what you heard ... size matters. We've produced stunning, heavy, black medals for all distances at the Tauranga Marathon and we promise you will not be disappointed with yours. But we've taken things even further for our long distance athletes with an especially heavy and thick mint of the full Marathon medal and a truly unique and inspiring "ultra halo" for 50k finishers.
Something You've Never Seen Before
Stay right to the end - cheer in the final marathon finishers - and we can promise you something the likes of which you have never seen before. The Tauranga Marathon Mascot Race is hilarious and dangerous, endearing and disturbing, all in one. Don't miss this epic sight.
The scene is set, the very best Spring weather is on order … all that’s missing right now is you!
Come Play in the Bay at the Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon.
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Important! Please familiarise yourself with our T&Cs (see below) prior to registering.
When entering one of our events, you will be required to accept our Waiver, which includes vitally important information we do not want you to miss. Above all else, you must acknowledge that your registration is non-refundable and cannot be deferred to a later edition of this event or transferred to another event (read our Refunds & Deferrals Statement). To be fair and equitable to all - we will not deviate from this position under any circumstances. You will also be acknowledging our Participation & Competition Rules including the important stipulation that - in all disputes - the Race Director's decision shall be final.
- Age restrictions are calculated using the participant's age on race day.
- Your race number will be delivered in the mail around 7-10 days prior to the event provided you registered at least four weeks prior to race day.
Please also note:
- All amounts are in NZD and inclusive of GST. You will be directed to our secure online payment partner, Windcave, to complete your payment. All payments over $100 are eligible to use our "FlexiREV" facility to split your payment into 4 fortnightly installments (5% service fee applies).
From 2k to 50k, There's a Race Option For Everyone
The ultimate challenge at the Tauranga Marathon is New Zealand’s premier road ultra-marathon. The first 7.8km lead-in to the full marathon course starts in the city and takes in the Harbour Bridge as the sun rises, before the thrill of running through the marathon start line to join the full marathon course. If an ultra-marathon is that nagging itch you always wanted to scratch then this ultraFLAT and ultraFAST course is the one you’ve been waiting for.
An outstanding coastal tour of the best that Mount Maunganui and the City of Tauranga has to offer. Starting under the mount in tranquil Pilot Bay and taking in amazing ocean views from the waterfront out-and-back, followed by the stunning Mauao base track. Next up is the beautiful sweep of the Harbour Bridge as you cross over to the Tauranga side. There’s more coastal goodness on the utilty trail to Fergusson Park, followed by perhaps the best of all – the Waikareao Boardwalk track. The final few ks through town take you to our magnificent finish line right in the heart of the bars and restaurants of downtown. The crowds will be waiting … all we need is you.
Flat, fast and unbelievably scenic, the half marathon course takes in the best Mount Maunganui has to offer, from ocean beaches to the Mauao base track, before crossing the sparkling waters on the Harbour Bridge to the city. By the time you land on the Tauranga side, its just a hop, skip and a jump to Dive Crescent and onto The Strand for a thrilling harbourside finish. Congrats … you made it!
Important! The short section under the Trinity Wharf Hotel (just after 20km) includes some low headroom beams and service pipes. Look out for and listen to warnings from our crew and take care if you are a taller runner.
The 10k Classic course starts on stunning Harbour Drive in Otumoetai. Once across Chapel St, it takes in the magnificent Waikareao Estuary track before a final short section through town and onto the finish line crowds in downtown Tauranga on The Strand. Flat. Fast. Scenic. Awesome!
Important! The start line for the 10k Classic is a 15-20 mins jog/walk from the finish area. Its a perfect warm-up, but make sure you allow plenty of time - or just join our walking bus to ensure you arrive at the perfect time.
The 5k Fun Run & Walk course is an out-and-back from the finish line and takes in the superb sweep of the Harbour Bridge. On the Mount side of the bridge, a loop through beautiful Tauranga Bridge Marina includes an aid station to stock up for the return leg.
Important! please KEEP RIGHT when running on the Harbour Bridge.
Important! The section under the Trinity Wharf Hotel (at 1km and 4km) includes some low headroom beams and pipes. Look out for and listen to warnings from our crew and take care if you are a taller runner..
Everything You Need to Know About the Tauranga Marathon
Don't get caught at the finish line when you should be at the start line. Here is the full run down of what's happening where and when, including those all important start times ....
Race Number Collection
Enter at least 28 days prior to race day to have your number sent in the mail. Later entries can collect from the race site Registration tent; Saturday 4pm-7pm and Sunday/Race Day from 5:30am. Note: no pickups at start line.
Race Number & Timing Tag
A valid race number (with timing tag on the reverse) must be worn on the front of your shirt whenever taking part in any of our events. Find out what it looks like, how to attach it and when you will receive it here ....
Aid Stations are spaced approximately every 4-5km (or less). All stations offer water and sport drink whilst those after half way in the marathon also have cookies and candy. Check out the course maps for exact locations ....
Every finisher - no matter the distance - will receive an stunning and exclusive event finisher medal. A special, super-enlarged version of the finisher medal is presented to those in the marathon and ultra whilst those who complete the 50k also receive the amazing "ultra halo" ....
Immortalise your achievement with a revTab medal insert. revTab is a self-adhesive plate, accurately cut for the recess on the back of your medal. It is delivered direct to your home and shows your name, distance and time ....
Trains are a fact of life in the Tauranga area and - with thanks to cooperation from KiwiRail - it is highly unlikely you will encounter one at any of the level crossings on course. However, please read and take on board the detailed train info here ....
The safe and successful operation of the Tauranga Marathon requires extensive road closures throughout Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Running Events are extremely grateful to council, NZTA and residents for their cooperation in this. A full list of road closures and times will appear here closer to the event ....
Parking throughout Tauranga City is free on Sundays (bonus!) ... even in the council parking buildings at Elizabeth/First Ave and Spring/Durham. Follow the council's helpful guide and map for more info ....
Pacers can help you achieve your race goals by giving you a steady pace to follow and offering encouragement when you lag. We plan to have pacers in both the Marathon and Half Marathon ....
Whilst we want to see every single person make it to the finish line of the Tauranga Marathon, the need to open road, free up resources and release race marshals all require definite cut-off times to be implemented. Read about them here ...
Walkers are made very welcome at all of our events and will often be 10% of the total field. Check out our walking guidelines with info on how to register as a walker and the competition rules ....
The safety of our participants, crew and the public is our number one concern. First, last and always. Find out more about our safety procedures and what to expect at our events here ...
The Tauranga Marathon is just getting started. Here's what we've achieved so far.
Check out photo galleries, videos, medal designs from previous events.