Not just a run…. an experience! That’s how New Zealand’s Premier road race is often described.
The Auckland Marathon is iconic on the New Zealand running calendar and is fast gaining an international reputation.
The renowned Auckland City course, with its sea-side Devonport village start, Harbour Bridge crossing, harbour and boating aspects and CBD street finish continues to grow in stature. With its growing reputation, this year’s event will host more than 6,000 visitors to Auckland from around New Zealand and more than 50 other countries.
With more than 17,500 entries expected across the four events that make up the Auckland Marathon, this year’s event on November 2 will be another record breaker.
Entries continue to grow year on year with the full marathon regularly attracting over 3,500 entries making it the largest annual marathon in New Zealand. The Half Marathon, with capped entries, sells out its 7,500 places in only a matter of days and this year was no exception.
Despite the sell-out, a limited number of entries remain open for international participants or for those who wish to be part of the charity programme. Full Marathon entries also remain open.
The Marathon’s managing director, Stephen Brown, is particularly pleased with the build-up to this year's event, noting that some of the key elements that the organisers have focussed on as part of the event’s continuous improvement programme are coming to fruition.
“We try very hard to make running the Auckland Marathon something to remember – we focus strongly on elements that positively impact on every participant.” he said.
“We include elements that create that point of difference. This starts with a trip across the harbour on the ferry to the start line, the only chance to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge on foot, on-course entertainment including a Maori Kapa Haka group, the incredibly scenic nature of the course and the finish with great entertainment for spectators and runners alike at Victoria Park in central Auckland.”
In a further coup for the event, this year the Quarter Marathon will cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge for the first time. Again numbers in this event are capped and are selling fast, but as for all events, a certain number of international entries are held open to ensure that those who make Auckland a marathon destination do not miss out.