Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon

The most famous running and walking route in New Zealand plays host to the first ever Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon on Sunday April 8, 2018.

Stunning Tamaki Drive – stretching from Mechanics Bay in the west to St Heliers in the east – is unarguably the most scenic stretch of inner-city road in the country. And for one fabulous morning in April, runners (and walkers!) will rule the road. The Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon will enjoy a full road closure between Ngapipi Rd and St Heliers and a half road closure on the causeway between Ngapipi Rd and Mechanics Bay. This is your chance to run an international standard half marathon in one of the most beautiful cities in the southern hemisphere.

Unprecedented race timing technology means friends and family at the event and around the world can follow you every step of the way. For the first time in Australasia, race timing will deliver live splits to the Internet from every single kilometer. Loved ones can follow along on the dedicated event app to plot your progress on the route map and ensure they are in place to provide cheers and encouragement as you progress towards the finish line and a stunning commemorative finisher medal! We’ll keep you going on the course too. Live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the route to take your mind off the miles and focus on enjoying your best race experience ever!

The event will also serve double-duty at the Grand Finale of the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series – five superb events around Auckland from September to April. Series awards will be up for grabs based on performances across the series and those who complete the 21km distance at all events in the series will receive the extraordinary King of Bling – the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam medal!

Join us for the first ever Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon in April and Rewrite Your PB!

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Runners start at 7:30am sharp and competitive walkers at 7:33am.
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Official Time Limit is 3 hours. However finish line will stay open until at least 3.5 hrs.
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The classic half marathon distance and the Grand Finale in the Auckland Half Marathon Series

Vehicles, take a back seat. For one day in April, runners rule the road!

Course Description

The Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon consists of two overlapping laps of Tamaki Drive, between Mechanics Bays and St Heliers. The race starts on Tamaki Drive in Mission Bay and heads west, towards the city. At all times, runners and walkers will proceed on the seaward side of the road when heading towards the city and on the landward side when heading away from the city (towards St Heliers). Within a few hundred metres of the start line, you will get the first eyeful of the beautiful city skyline and Harbour Bridge. On this first outward section to Mechanics Bay, you will pass Kelly Tarltons and Okahu Bay. As you hit the causeway at Ngapipi Rd, a short section of the road is shared with vehicles all the way to Mechanics Bay. Turn around at the entrance to the container port and retrace your steps all the way back to Mission Bay. The second turnaround is on the far side of Mission Bay, bringing you back to the start line with exactly 11km in the bank.

The second lap begins right here – with your fan club’s cheers ringing in your ears. Head back through Okahu Bay and this time you will hit the turnaround point approximately 150m before the Ngapipi Road. Turn around and head back east for the last time, continuing through the race venue, Mission Bay and into Kohimarama. At the far end of Kohimarama – just before the turn into St Heliers Bay – the final turnaround means you have now covered 19km. The final 2km take you back to Mission Bay with the finish line in sight! Just after the 20km mark, opposite Marau Crescent, turn off Tamaki Drive and onto the footpath into Selwyn Reserve. There you’ll find the finish line and your adoring public, cheering you on. You made it!

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View Map Full Screen – Lap 2

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