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Half Marathon

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21km of Tauranga goodness, with the bonus of being measured to IAAF standards.
You asked for 21.097km – and we give you exactly that.
The Half Marathon course has been measured to IAAF standards.

Expect to post smart times on this fast, rolling and scenic on road course.  The course is essentially a double lapper of the popular 10km loop but with a longer first lap 1 of 11.097km. The extra distance in lap 1 comes via an early dog leg onto Beach Road and the boost you’ll get from the crowd as you head through the finish line (the 10.8km mark), and pass through the start line for a second time (11.097km in). Your final 10km is the exact same as the 10km event course.  You’re never far from the Tauranga coastline and your course includes Beach Road, Harbour Drive and Kulim Park.

On your Half Marathon course…
Outside of the awesome scenery on course, entrants will pass our course entertainment, a bunch of supportive event marshals and 6 support stations at the following distances:
– Levers Road – 2.3km
– Harbour Drive – 4.8km
– Kulim Park – 8.4km
– Levers Road – 12.6km
– Harbour Drive – 15.1km
– Kulim Park -18.6km
Each support station is manned by a passionate local community group and will be stacked with R-Line & water, plus will have first aid and toilets available.  Important intersections on your event course have been marked with RED arrows and distance markers will be placed every 2km of the event course with RED km markers. Oh and be sure to look out for https://photos4sale.co.nz (our official event photographers) as they operate a PWYW model for event photos too – PWYW sounds familiar right?

Split Start Times.
We take your experience on course seriously.  All walkers (and runners who may complete the course in OVER 150 minutes) start at 8.05am. The remaining 21km entrants (who will complete the course in UNDER 150 minutes) start at 8.35am.

  • 8.05am (for all walkers, and for runners who may complete the course in OVER 150 minutes).
  • 8.35am (all runners who will complete the course in UNDER 150 minutes).

Winners Circle.
Recent winners on the PWYW Tauranga Half Marathon run course are shown below:
2019. Jonny McKee (1:11:36) and Karen Donaldson-Barron (1:25:49)
2018. Regan Bones (1:15:43) and Alice Mason (1:16:37)
2017. Craig Kirkwood (1:12:16) and Jess Ruthe (1:17:07)
2016. Ben Ruthe (1:11:23) and Esther Keown (1:20:38)
2015. Ben Ruthe (1:10:12) and Jess Ruthe (1:17:53)
2014. Kyle McDonald (1:10:06) and Lisa Robertson (1:16:23)
2013. Tony Payne (1:10:56) and Jess Ruthe (1:17:01)

Pace Runners.
Thanks to Craig Kirkwood Coaching, four key pace runners will be on the start line for the Pay What You Want Tauranga Half Marathon.  If you are looking to achieve the finish times shown below, do stick close by the clearly identified Craig Kirkwood Coaching Pace Runners on course.
– 1:30:00
– 1:40:00
– 1:50:00
– 2:00:00
Meet your chosen Pace Runner near the bottom of Waratah Street (on the approach to the start area) 10-15 minutes prior to the run start time (look out for Pace Runner Meeting Point signage).  Within the final 5-10 minutes before the run starts you will walk up to the start area with your Pace Runner.

Train Crossing Notes.
After approx 4.5km and again at the 14.8km mark, the event course crosses the railway lines on Maxwells Road. In the unlikely event the bells are sounding as you approach, you’ll simply be sent on a “1000m train extension” over the Chapel Street Bridge towards Bay Central prior to returning to the Maxwells Road crossing.  Later on in the event course, those who were on the “1000m train extension” will be clearly directed on a “1000m train shortcut” while on Harbour Drive. The “train extension” and “train shortcut” have been measured to IAAF standards too, so every Half Marathon entrant will run the exact same Half Marathon distance on the day.

Train Wristbands.
– If you are directed on a “1000m train extension” (due to a train passing over the Maxwells Road line at the time you approach) you’ll be handed a wristband half way through this extension.
– To enable you to be directed on the “1000m train shortcut” later on in the course simply hand over this wristband to the “train shortcut marshals” on the Harbour Drive section of the course.

Let us take care of everything – you just enjoy your day!

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