Oslo Marathon


22nd September

http://www.oslomaraton.no/

 

Experience the beauty of a Norwegian fjord at Oslo Marathon. The race starts and ends at the Akershus Fortress at Festningplassen and passes many of the city’s best sites on a flat, scenic course that includes cycle paths and foot paths – and the chance of a personal best time.  Much of the course follows the pretty Oslofjord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Half Marathon


7th October

www.hamiltonhalfmarathon.org.nz/

 

NZ Community Trust is the new sponsor of Hamilton Half Marathon. Offering a half marathon, 10km, 5km and Kids Marathon, the event caters for runners of all ages and abilities. Starting and finishing in the spacious Flagstaff Park, there is a race for everyone and it’s perfect for a family day out. 

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Round the Bridges

 

18th November

http://www.roundthebridges.co.nz/

 

Run along the banks of the mighty Waikato River.  Round the Bridges offers beautiful views and a vibrant atmosphere to runners and walkers of all abilities. After 67 years of successful race weekends, Round the Bridges is Hamilton’s oldest running event.  Primarily a 12km and 6km fun run/walk, elite runners and school children are also catered for. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birkebeinerrittet

 

25th August

http://www.birkebeiner.no/

 

It’s the world’s largest cross-country bike race, with 18,000 participants, each carrying a backpack of at least 3.5kg throughout the 94.6km distance. The race has been held since 1993 and commemorates a trip made by the Birkebeiner loyalists to save the heir to the Norwegian throne, Håkon Håkonsson, in 1206. It starts at Rena and ends in Lillehammer.

Organisers of New Zealand’s largest cycling event are excited to introduce a new mountain bike category and tracks for this year.  Construction is underway to rebuild 40km and 85km mountain bike tracks through the idyllic Wairakei Forest in time for the annual Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

 

With a total of 12 event categories to choose from, including both road and mountain bike disciplines, this iconic cycling spectacle will cater to all abilities, from elite athletes to non-competitive cyclists wanting to challenge themselves. On-road categories include the popular 160km Solo, 4 x 40km Relay, multi-lap endures and the 5km @Heart kids ride, all based around the idyllic Lake Taupo.

 

The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is part of the prestigious UCI Golden Bike Series, confirming its place as one of UCI’s six iconic international cycling events.

 

Event Director, Kay Brake says “As well as participants enjoying one of New Zealand’s most picturesque cycling events, we’ll also be bringing a real festival flavour to the weekend with live entertainment and bands both on and off course. As a recently awarded Outdoors Mark Safety Certified Event, entrants in the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge can also be assured that their health and safety will again be of paramount importance”.

 

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