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145 Run events
Forest Run Fest - Frost Edition
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

The Forest Run Fest is back for 2020. A morning for all levels of walkers and runners, get out there, compete and breathe in the fresh forest air with your family and friends.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half-Marathon, 5-10k & Children's 2.5k Series Race 5
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half Marathon, 5-10k and Children's 2. 5k Series is a series of 9 running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Five of the series will take place on the 5th of July in the Domain.

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Cougar Trail Run - Run Taupo Series
image descriptionTokoroa Waikato

Cougar Trail Run is race one of the Run Taupō Trail Series. Taking place on the 5th of July 2020, the event is held at Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa. Distances on offer include a half marathon, 14.

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Captain Cook's Landing Trail Run - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionCamp Bay Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Captain Cook's Landing Trail Run due to take place on the 11th of July 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The course is approximately 26km from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.

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Mackenzie Half Marathon
image descriptionFairlie, Mackenzie Canterbury

The inaugural Mackenzie Half Marathon due to take place on the 11th of April 2020 has been postponed until the 18th of July.  The event offers a half marathon, 10km and a 5. 5km.

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Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 2 Totara Park
image descriptionTotara Park Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

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Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2.5km Race 3
image descriptionSumner, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2. 5km Series is a series of three family friendly runs held at Sumner, Christchurch. Race 3 of the series will take place on the 19th of July 2020 and offers a 10km, 5km as well as a kids 2.

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Gizzy Trail Run Series - Manutuke Retreat
image descriptionManutuke Retreat Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On the 26th of July 2020, the series will be held at Manutuke Retreat. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half-Marathon, 5-10k & Children's 2.5k Series Race 6
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half Marathon, 5-10k and Children's 2. 5k Series is a series of 9 running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Six of the series will take place on the 26th of July in the Domain.

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South Island Half Marathon Lake Hood
image descriptionLake Hood Canterbury

The South Island Half Marathon is being held at Lake Hood Ashburton. This beautiful lake hosts the South Island Half Marathon annually. Held in the beautiful Lake Hood catchment, the run see’s the runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views throughout.

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Taupo Marathon 2020
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2020 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 2nd of August 2020. The annual event offers a Marathon Run, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run / walk.

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Summit Forests Kaitaia Run/Walk
image descriptionKaitaia Northland

This is a fun event with options to run or walk either the 12. 5km or 4. 6km course. The course starts and finishes at the Te Ahu Centre.

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Meridian Hydro Half Marathon
image descriptionLake Te Anau Southland

Save the date for the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon on the 8th of August 2020. The event is organised by the Fiordland Trails Trust with funds raised from the event going towards maintenance of Fiordland's incredible trails.

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Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 3 Waiuku Forest
image descriptionWaiuku Forest Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

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Gizzy Trail Run series- The Pines Okitu
image descriptionThe Pines Okitu Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On the 9th of August 2020, the series will be held at the Pines Okitu. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Craters Trail Run - Run Taupo Series
image descriptionCraters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo Waikato

Craters Trail Run is race 2 of the Run Taupō Trail Series. The event will be held at Craters Mountain Bike Park in Taupo on the 16th of August 2020 and offers a half marathon, 12km and 7km. All distances can be run or walked.

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Gizzy Trail Run Series Longbush Eco Sanctury
image descriptionLongbush Eco Sanctury Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On the 23rd August 2020, the series will be held at Longbush Eco Sanctuary. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Canterbury Road Champs
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest Park ​ Canterbury

The Canterbury Road Championships will take place on the 29th of August 2020. This a competitive Canterbury local event and a selection trial for the NZ Road Run Championships. ​Runners compete in their own grades and can become thier age grade champions.

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Mount Maunganui Half Marathon 2020
image descriptionMt Maunganui Bay of Plenty

The Mount Maunganui Half Marathon will take place on the 29th of August 2020 at beautiful Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. In the event that the half marathon needs to be postponed due to Covid-19, the fall back date is the 28th of November 2020.

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The Dun Run
image descriptionNelson Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Rugged but runnable - up into the “ Backwoods of Nelson” and along the sub alpine mineral belt. Sweeping views out to a glittering Tasman Bay await you as you descend New Zealand’s first railway line to the finish.

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Moonlight Marathon
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

The Forest Run Fest is back for 2020 and we have added an exciting new race, the Moonlight Marathon. Choose from the full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km or kids 2km.

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Sacred Hill Half Marathon, 15k & 6.5k
image descriptionSacred Hill Rifleman’s Vineyard Hawkes Bay

The Sacred Hill Half Marathon, 15k & 6. 5k is race 4 of the Hammer Nutrition Hawke's Bay Trail Run Series. The event will be held at Sacred Hill Rifleman’s Vineyard on the 30th of August 2020. The 15km and 6. 5km distances can be run or walked.

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Heart and Soul Women's Run Series 2020 Event 3
image descriptionGordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa, Tauranga Bay of Plenty

The Heart and Soul Women's Run Series is a series of four women's only running events. The third in the 2020 series takes place at Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa on the 30th of August. Run or walk the 2. 5km or 5km courses, or run the 7.

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Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 4 Riverhead Forest
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

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Wellington Marathon 2020
image descriptionWestpac Stadium Wellington

The Wellington Marathon due to take place on the 5th of July 2020 has been postponed to the 30th of August 2020.  The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been the Capital City’s favourite footrace for more than 30 years.

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Clyde to Alexandra Road Race 2020
image descriptionClyde Otago

The Clyde to Alexandra Road Race is a long running event organised by the Alexandra Harrier and Walkers Club. Celebrating its 52nd year in 2020, save the date in the diary on the 5th of September 2020.

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Kaikoura Whale Run
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

Now in it's 14th year, the Kaikōura Whale Run will be held on the 5th of September. The event is organised by Kaikōura Suburban School and offers a half marathon, 12km, 5km and MaraFun run for kids aged 8 and under.

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Kinloch Off-Road Challenge
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Kinloch Off-Road Challenge is the finale in the Run Taupō Trail Series. Taking place on the 6th of September 2020, the event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a Kids Dash. The courses utilize the excellent trail network in and around Kinloch, Taupō.

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Takahē to Akaroa Relay
image descriptionTakahe Canterbury

The Takahe to Akaroa road relay will take place on the 19th of September 2020. The event incorporates the classic 8-person relay from Takahe to Akaroa domain. Eight people each run a single lap in the 8-lap 76km course. Distances of each leg range from 6. 8km to 10.

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Cherry Blossom Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & Kids 2.2km
image descriptionNorth Hagley Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Cherry Blossom Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & Kids 2. 2km will take place on the 13th of September 2020 in North Hagley Park, Christchurch.  The event offers a distance for all abilities on a flat, certified 2. 6km loop using pathways inside Hagley Park.

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2020 North Shore Marathon
image descriptionMilford Reserve, Craig Road, Milford Auckland

The North Shore Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5km Fun Run & Walk & Kids Marathon will take place on Auckland’s beautiful North Shore and is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most Scenic Marathon & Half Marathon events.

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Gizzy Trail Run series - Sponge Bay farm
image descriptionSponge Bay farm Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On 13th of September 2020, the series will be held at Sponge Bay farm. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half-Marathon, 5-10k & Children's 2.5k Series Race 7
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half Marathon, 5-10k and Children's 2. 5k Series is a series of 9 running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Seven of the series will take place on the 13th of September in the Domain.

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Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race
image descriptionGovernors Bay Canterbury

The Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race will be held on the 19th of September 2020. The event is a 10km handicapped run with runners starting in different waves.

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Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon
image descriptionNapier Hawkes Bay

The Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon due to take place on the 16th of May 2020 has been postponed until the 19th of September 2020.  

Distances on offer include a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 3km kids run.

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Queen Charlotte Relay
image descriptionPicton School, Kent Street, Picton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Queen Charlotte is one of the oldest road relays held in New Zealand and still running on a State Highway. Taking place on the 19th of September 2020, the event is a 5 leg relay from Picton to Havelock and is open to runners and walkers.

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Garmin Tauranga Marathon 2020 - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionTauranga Bay of Plenty

The Tauranga Marathon due to tale place on the 19th of September 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The event will return in September 2021. The Tauranga Marathon incorporates a Marathon, Half Marathon, a flat and fast 10k as well as a 5km and 2km kids dash.

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Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon
image descriptionMission Bay Auckland

The Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon due to take place on the 5th of April 2020 has been rescheduled to the 20th of September 2020.  The Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon held in Mission Bay, Auckland is the final event in the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series.

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NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival 2020
image descriptionWhangarei Northland

The NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival is a perfect day out for the whole family with a choice of three distances, a Half Marathon, 9km and 4km.

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4 Paws Marathon 2020
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

Finally, a chance to run with your best friend! An off road walking/running event set in the beautiful Bottle Lake Forest and beaches of Christchurch. The 4 Paws Marathon is a dream inspired by a passionate Sport & Exercise Doctor who loves running with his dogs.

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Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge
image descriptionLake Tikitapu, Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge returns on the 26-27th September 2020. The course is a clockwise 5. 5km around the beautiful Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) in Rotorua. Participants can run as little or as much as they choose up to 24 hours.

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The Rotorua Marathon 2020
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Australasia's oldest marathon event, the Rotorua Marathon will take now take place on on Saturday the 26th of September 2020. Celebrating its 56th running, the event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon as well as a 10km and 5. 5km run or walk.

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Poronui Passage 2020
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

Poronui Passage is a luxury trail and mountain bike event held in a back-country station set in the foothills of the Kaimanawa Mountain Ranges, just 40 minutes from Taupo. The event offers a marathon distance trail run and a half marathon run or walk.

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Hatuma Half Marathon
image descriptionWaipukurau Racecourse, Waipukurau Hawkes Bay

The full 21. 1km course takes in the entire circumference of Lake Hatuma with the start and finish at the Waipukurau Racecourse allowing for a relaxed and accessible base with plenty of parking.

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Gizzy Trail Run Series - Pouawa farm
image descriptionPouawa farm Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On the 27th of September 2020, the series will be held at Pouawa farm. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 5 Hunua Ranges
image descriptionHunua Ranges Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

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Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon 2020
image descriptionAoraki Mount Cook Village Canterbury

The Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon will take place on the 3rd of October 2020. Set in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the annual road running event takes in stunning mountain and glacial landscapes and offers a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run / walk events.  

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Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run
image descriptionTe Awanga Hawkes Bay

Taking place on the 3rd of October 2020, the Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run offers a 32km, half marathon, 15km and 5km trail run through the stunning Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay.

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Omataroa 8K Fun Run
image descriptionLake Matahina, Whakatane Bay of Plenty

The Omataroa 8k Fun Run offers an 8km and 20km run or walk at Lake Matahina, Whakatane on the 3rd of October 2020.

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Ultra 24
image descriptionCable Bay Adventure Park Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Ultra NZ is an Ultra Series tackling New Zealand’s best terrain. Looking for your next Ultra or want to find your endurance limit? Ultra 24 gives you the chance to run as far as you can over 24 hours. 1 course, 24 hours of racing.

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