Trains are a major part of life in Tauranga and the area has many level crossings where trains take priority over road traffic. All race distances include courses which pass over at least one level crossing. Running Events and Kiwirail have worked together to ensure there is as little disruption to the event as possible due to train movements. However, it is likely that a small number of participants towards the back of the field, may be held up by trains and it is important that participants behave in a safe manner if and when this happens.

Where are the Level Crossings?
Name Location
Totara St (North) 16.2km mark of Marathon and Half Marathon. 5.9km & 24km marks of the Ultra Marathon.
Totara St (South) 16.9km mark of Marathon and Half Marathon. 5.2km & 24.7km marks of the Ultra Marathon.
Cross St 20.2km mark of the Marathon. 28km mark of the Ultra Marathon.
Maxwells Rd 22.7 & 21.7km marks of the Marathon. 30.5km & 40.4km marks of the Ultra Marathon.
Dive Cres 300m from finish line on 2k, 5k and 21k courses. However, no train movements expected during the event.
Will I be stopped by a train? 

 It is important to understand that it is extremely unlikely you will be affected by a train movement. Although we know some participants will probably be held up somewhere across the course, prior experience puts the total number of affected athletes at around 20 – or about 1% of the total field. Event start times and train timetables have been adjusted specifically to allow the majority of participants to pass over each level crossing unhindered and we do not expect anyone in the top 75% of any event to be affected. Nevertheless, if you are towards the back of the field then there is a chance you will be stopped and you should be prepared for this. 

 Important! We do not anticipate any train interactions for any participants in the 2K, 5K or 10K races. 

What happens if a train arrives?

 Above all else, safety is our number one concern. Race marshals will be on hand at each crossing point to ensure that participants are stopped when a train is coming. Failure to adhere to their instructions comes with an instant and irreversible DQ. As soon as the crossing is closed, race officials will be ready to record the race number and arrival time of each participant as you arrive. Once your bib is recorded, your race time is effectively “on hold”. 

When the train has passed and the level crossing is full re-opened, the official in charge of the crossing will release all held runners and record the time of release. This will restart your race time. You'll be able to check in your online race results the time that you were held and the time that you were released from the holding area. If you feel either of these is incorrect, you can contact us through the event web site for more information. 

Running Events are extremely grateful to Kiwirail for their help in minimising the impact of train movements on the Tauranga Marathon.