About the Tauranga Marathon

Come & Play in the Bay!

Running Events and the City of Tauranga are thrilled to welcome you to the 2019 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.

Our premier race is the full distance, 42.2km 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 the ocean beach of Papamoa, the stunning base track around Mauao, the broad sweep of the Harbour Bridge and the jaw-dropping beauty of the Waikareao Estuary loop. All of that is an aperitif for the main course … a thrilling city centre finish in the heart of the bars and restaurants of downtown Tauranga.

But this isn’t just for the ultra-runners, the 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.

The scene is set, the very best Spring weather is on order … all that’s missing right now is you!

You can read more about Running Events taking over the event here.


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Entry Fees


  • Until 18 May | Fee Info
  • 18 yrs & over
  • Cap + Medal + T-shirt

Half Marathon

  • Until 18 May | Fee Info
  • 14 yrs & over
  • Cap + Finisher Medal

10km Classic

  • Until 13 Jul | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions
  • Finisher Medal

5km Fun Run

  • Until 13 Jul | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions
  • Finisher Medal

2km Kids' Dash

  • Until 14 Sep | Fee Info
  • Ages 3 – 10 yrs
  • Finisher Medal

Your Entry Includes …

  • Superb Race Organisation
  • Finisher Medal

  • Finisher T-Shirt (42km only)

  • Event Running Cap (42km & 21km only)

  • Fully Pimped Out Race Number
  • Electronic Timing & Instant Results

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the Tauranga Marathon.

Race Day: Saturday, September 21st 2019

Venue: The Strand, Downtown Tauranga

Start Times

10K CLASSIC: tbc
5K FUN RUN: tbc

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience. The Race Guide is now available for download – just click the button below to make it yours!


Important Dates

Date Details
18 Feb 2019 Online registration opens.
13 Jul 2019 Earlybird entry rates expire.
21 Aug 2019 Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.
25 Aug 2019 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
14 Sep 2019 Family entry packages expire.
15 Sep 2019 Race Week entry rates apply.
20 Sep 2019 Pre-race day number collection. Exact time and location tbc.
21 Sep 2019 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Time What’s Happening
tbc Please check back in a few weeks for a race day schedule

Everyone who registered at least four weeks prior to the event – by midnight on August 25th – will have their race number delivered to them in the mail. If you have your number, you’re ready to race, you don’t need to come to registration desk again.

Keep your race number safe! Your race number includes your integrated, disposable timing tag on the back. Because of this, replacement bibs cost $10 – so don’t lose yours!

I Don’t Have My Race Number Yet!
If you registered after the postal deadline, you will need to collect your race number from the Registration tent at the race venue on race weekend. There are two opportunities to do this:

  • Pre-race registration: Exact times and location tbc.
  • Race-day registration opens at —. Exact times and location tbc. We advise those who still have to collect their race number to allow a little bit more time on race morning.

The Registration Tent is easy to find once you get the event venue. Just look for the green marquee with “REGISTRATION” written on it!

Important! Remember to bring your e-ticket. It makes things so much quicker on race day. A link to your e-ticket was sent to you by email when you registered.

Event T-shirt

The Tauranga Marathon event t-shirt is available to purchase when you register. Made from light-weight, dry-fit material, the shirt design features the Tauranga Marathon logo. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – add it to your registration order. Just be aware that numbers are strictly limited and are often sold out prior to the event – please register and pay for your t-shirt early to secure your preferred size and fit. You can collect your t-shirt from the Merchandise tent at the venue during pre-race registration or on race day. The t-shirt design will be available soon.

Cost: $25


Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
Chest (cm) 50 53 56 60 64
Length (cm) 74 76 78 80 82


8 10 12 14 16 18
Chest (cm) 45 47 49 51 54 57
Length (cm) 62 64 66 68 70 72

Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite t-shirt to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the t-shirt laid on a flat surfaces. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt. The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 28 days prior to the event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes the Tauranga Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative medal.

Exact medal designs will be released closer to the event. However, we can tell you that those in the marathon will receive a distinctive and specially minted medal only available to those who complete the full distance event. We believe strongly that your Tauranga Marathon Finisher Medal will become a treasured possession and we’re committed to providing a medal commensurate with your achievement.

Finisher T-Shirt (Full Marathoner Only)

Those in the marathon will also receive an exclusive, cannot-be-bought-in-the-shops finisher t-shirt along with their medal when they cross the line. There is no monetary charge for this -tshirt – it is included with your entry. However, it is not “free” – it *must* be earned! Don’t come crying to us after the event saying “I pulled up lame” / “couldn’t make it today” / “took a wrong turn and accidentally did the 10k instead” – “but please can I still have my marathon finisher t-shirt”?

The answer is “No!” – this t-shirt is only available for the legends who completed the full 42.2km!

Add an iTab – $15

When you register, you’ll be given the oppertunity to pre-order and iTab medal insert. On the back of your finisher medal is a recess to fit an iTab insert, which you can purchase here. The iTab is a self-adhesive metal plate which is delivered direct to your home approx 2 weeks after the event with your name, distance and time engraved on it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement.

Road Closures

To ensure the safe operation of the Tauranga Marathon event, road or lane closures are in place in several areas around Mount Maunganui and Tauranga on event day. Running Events – and the participants themselves – are indebted to local residents for their patience, understanding and support  of the event and the safety of all concerned.

Full details of road closures will appear here closer to the event.

Parking & Bus Transfer


Information on parking will be posted here closer to the event.

Bus Transfer

Take the stress out of race morning by catching a Bethlehem Coachlines bus from The Strand to your start line, dropping you in plenty of time to get ready to run or walk all the way back! Details on the exact times and location for bus pickup will be posted here closer to the event.

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away thanks to our wonderful sponsors. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:

  • Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon Run,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
    • 10K Classic Run,
    • 10K Classic Competitive Walk
    • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over


We intend to have pacers in both the marathon and half marathon. Pacer information will be posted here soon.

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! Hybrid run/walk competitors should start on the same start horn as the runners. For the 21K and 10K distances, Competitive Walk participants should start on the dedicated walkers start which will be three minutes after the main field.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Are there Cut-Off Times?
The official cut-off time is 7 hrs for the marathon.  Marshals, aid stations, traffic management, signage, etc. – may all be removed from the course on a schedule equal to the course cut off pace. If you are unable to maintain the course cut off pace, you must be ready to stop participating and make your way back to the finish area. At your option, you may elect to continue and complete the course at your own volition. This means you must carry sufficient water and nutrition for your needs, be able to direct yourself around the course and observe and care for your own safety. Where the event has been taking place on closed roads, you must move onto the footpath – where one exists – or to the side of the road and continue as a pedestrian.

Running Events want to encourage all of our participants to make it to the finish line – no matter how long it takes. The above conditions notwithstanding, we are normally at the race site conducting the awards ceremony or packing up the site for at least an hour after the official close off. Provided you make yourself known to us when you finish – and confirm that you followed the correct course – we will be delighted to record your finish time in the official results and present you with your finisher medal.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Remember that other a very small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Stick to the pavement where one exists and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

Tauranga Marathon

An outstanding coastal tour of the best that Mount Maunganui and the City of Tauranga has to offer. Wide views of the Bay of Plenty as you track north from Papamoa are 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.
Important! It is our intention to have the course officially measured and AIMS certified as accurate prior to race day.

Half Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon

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! It is our intention to have the course officially measured and AIMS certified as accurate prior to race day.

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Classic

The 10k Classic course has not been confirmed yet. Please call back in a few weeks or like our facebook page to stay updated as we develop the event.

Half Marathon Course Map

5K Fun Run & Walk

The 5k Fun Run & Walk course has not been confirmed yet. Please call back in a few weeks or like our facebook page to stay updated as we develop the event.

Half Marathon Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

The Kids Dash course has not been confirmed yet – although there’s a pretty good chance that cheeky ragamuffin, Hairy MacLary might put in an appearance! Please call back in a few weeks or like our facebook page to stay updated as we develop the event.

Half Marathon Course Map

Venue Map

Tauranga’s main party street is our event base for one of the best finish lines you will find anywhere. Bars, cafes and magnificent Tauranga Harbour will be your backdrop as you run down The Strand – fully closed to traffic, just for us – to claim your finisher medal. See ya there!

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of the Tauranga Marathon

“Finishing on The Strand was awesome!”

“Great event guys. Finishing on The Strand was awesome – fantastic atmosphere and the beer was great!” – Simon Hodgson

All my girls totally enjoyed your wonderful event and will def be back next year in force  Go Run Girls tribe 2018.

Maree Leith, Auckland

I loved doing my first 12km event. Nice mainly flat course, clear directions. That’s our squad next year girls!

Katrina Bayne, Tauranga

Loved it. Enjoyed walking along side awesome people that gave it their all. Til’ next year!

Barney Tamanui, Tauranga




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Running Events offer a 50% refund of the entry fee paid to anyone who is unable to take part in one of our events for medical reasons (or a 75% refund in the case of a Series Pass entry). Notification of your intent to withdraw must be made at least one calendar month prior to the event (in the case of a “Series Pass” entry – this must be one month prior to the first event in the series) using the online contact form on the event web site. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferral of race entries to future events under any circumstances.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please DO NOT ASK for an exception – you are wasting your time and ours. In fairness to all participants, we do not make exceptions to these rules under any circumstances.

Everyone registered in the event more than 4 weeks out from race day can expect to receive their race number (with timing tag attached to the back) 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Those who registered after this time will need to collect their race number from the venue during race weekend. Check the Info section of the web site for dates, times and locations for Race Packet Pickup.

If you ordered any merchandise, it will be available for collection on race morning from the Merchandise tent.

Our new timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your bib.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies the athlete and records the exact time at which the athlete passes the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain and sweat as the mechanical part of the tag is covered by a foam spacer but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do is make sure you have your bib attached to the front of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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