My Next Challenge helps you find your next running event in New Zealand. Whether you are looking for a fun run for the family, your next marathon or half marathon, ultra-distance run, trail run, bucket list runs through vineyards, along beaches or up mountains, challenge yourself, be inspired and get active!


158 Run events
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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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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Night 'n Day Rainbow Run Dunedin - EVENT POSTPONED
image descriptionLogan Park, Dunedin Otago

The Night 'n Day Rainbow Run due to take place on the 27th of September 2020 has been postponed. The Night 'n Day Rainbow Run hosted by Sport Otago will take place on the 27th of September 2020 at Logan Park in Dunedin.  Run or walk the 3.

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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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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 1 Oct
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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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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Hamilton Half Marathon 2020 - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionHamilton Waikato

The Direct Group Hamilton Half Marathon due to take place on the 4th of October 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  

The event will have a new course in 2020 and offers a half marathon, 10km and a 5km Fun Run.

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Devonport Half Marathon 2020
image descriptionDevonport Auckland

The Harcourts Cooper & Co Devonport Half Marathon will take place on the 4th of October in stunning Devonport. Run or walk among heritage streets, past fabulous beaches and enjoy the stunning views to be had in this beautiful Auckland suburb.

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Dargaville Veterinary Centre Run/Walk
image descriptionDargaville Northland

Join us in the Dargaville Veterinary Centre - Dargaville Run/Walk event taking place in the heart of Dargaville. Take your pick on either a 10. 5km or a 5km run/walk through the main streets of Dargaville along and over the Northern Wairoa.

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Gizzy Trail Run Series - Linburn Farmstay
image descriptionLinburn Farmstay Gisborne

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

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 8 Oct
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Canterbury Road Champs
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest Park ​ Canterbury

The Canterbury Road Championships will take place on the 10th of October 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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Marina 2 Marina 2020
image descriptionPicton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Now in its 8th year, the Marina 2 Marina is an annual running event that takes place in stunning Picton and Waikawa. With 4 event distances to choose from there is a distance for all abilities.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic
image descriptionAbel Tasman Nelson Marlborough Tasman

If there's one event to put on the list for the run of a lifetime, it's the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic. Come stride into paradise. The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic first began in 1994 and quickly became one of New Zealand's most popular Trail Runs.

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Taupo Ultramarathon
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

Taking place on the 10th of October 2020, the Taupo Ultramarathon is a 100km run across a network of interconnected trails alongside beautiful Lake Taupo. The 100km challenge is also open to teams.

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Southland Festival of Running
image descriptionInvercargill Southland

The Southland Festival of Running will return on the 11th of October 2020. All events start and finish at the Stead Street Wharf in Invercargill and distances offered include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km. The half marathon course heads past Pleasure Bay lagoon towards Bluff.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 15 Oct
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Round the Vines
image descriptionMartinborough Wellington

The Martinborough Round the Vines event has a new event date of the 17th of October after the March event was postponed.  Round the Vines is a fundraiser for Martinborough School. The event offers a half marathon and 10km which can be run or walked.

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Rotorua Ekiden Relay - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionLake Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Rotorua Ekiden Relay due to take place on the 17th of October has been cancelled.  

The Rotorua Ekiden Relay is a marathon relay event with the 42. 2km run broken up into six stages.

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Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Half, 10 & 5km - EVENT CANCELLED
image descriptionBulls Manawatu-Whanganui

The Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Half due to take place on the 17th of October 2020 has been cancelled. Held in Bulls in the Rangitikei countryside, the event is a fundraiser for the South Makirikiri School and offers a half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run / walk.

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Gizzy Trail Run Series Eastwood Hill Arboretum
image descriptionEastwood Hill Arboretum Gisborne

The Gisborne Trail Series offers short, medium and long distance trail runs around various trails throughout Gisborne. On 18th of October 2020, the series will be held at Eastwood Hill Arboretum. Runners can choose from the Short course 2-4km, Medium course 4-6km or the Long course 8-10km.

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Omokoroa Coastal Challenge
image descriptionOmokoroa Beach Bay of Plenty

Taking place on Omokoroa Beach, the Omokoroa Coastal Challenge offers a Half Marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a Kids Dash.  The Base Up Omokoroa Coastal Challenge is a community run and walk event to help raise money for local charities and community projects.  

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Jennian Homes Bay of Islands Run/Walk
image descriptionPaihia Northland

This iconic event offers a choice of two run or walk distances – 6km & 8. 7km which starts and finishes in the heart of the coastal town of Paihia.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half-Marathon, 5-10k & Children's 2.5k Series Race 8
image descriptionWar Memorial Park, Mt Roskill 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.

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Zonta Yellow Rose Run and Walk for PADA
image descriptionNorth Hagley Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Zonta Yellow Rose Run and Walk for PADA is a fundraiser for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA). The event offers a 5km and 10km run or walk in North Hagley Park, Christchurch. Zonta International's aim is to empower women through service and advocacy.

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Crater Rim Ultra incorporating the NZ 2020 Trail Running Championships
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Crater Rim Ultra incorporating the NZ 2020 Trail Running Championships will take place on the 18th of October 2020 in Christchurch.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 22 Oct
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Rotorua Forest Festival
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

The Rotorua Forest Festival will now take place on the 24th and 25th of October 2020. The 2020 Forest Festival will merge with the Whaka100 mountain bike event offering a number of distance options for runners, walkers and mountain bikers.

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Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea due to take place on the 4th of April 2020 has been postponed to the 24th of October 2020.  

The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea run is a joint fundraising event for Kaikoura High School and the Kaikoura Lions.

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Cromwell Half Marathon, 10km and Team Relay
image descriptionCromwell Otago

The Cromwell Half-Marathon and 10km Run or Walk course takes you around the shores of beautiful Lake Dunstan, passing through the Heritage Precinct, with a backdrop of spectacular mountain views. This is a family-friendly, fun event which attracts runners of all levels.

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Multiple Steps for Multiple Sclerosis Fun Run
image descriptionThe Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier Hawkes Bay

The Multiple Steps for Multiple Sclerosis Fun Run will return on the 28th of October 2020. The event is a pre summer workout with 5km and 10km run or walk options on the hills of Napier or a flatter course along the Rotary pathway.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 29 Oct
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Mission Mt Somers
image descriptionMt Somers Canterbury

Mission Mt Somers is an annual trail running event held in Canterbury based around the Mt Somers DOC walking track. The event offers four distances including 5km, 10k, half marathon and marathon.

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Kawerau King of the Mountain
image descriptionKawerau Bay of Plenty

The 65th annual Kawerau King of the Mountain will take place on the 31st of October 2020. The race is a gruelling 7 km return trip up and down Pūtauaki (Mt. Edgecumbe), 852m above sea level.

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City to Surf Tauranga - Mt Maunganui 2020
image descriptionTauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Mirrielies Rd, Tauranga Bay of Plenty

Save the date for the biggest fun run and walk event in the Bay of Plenty on Sunday the 1st of November 2020. The City to Surf from Tauranga to Mount Maunganui offers a Half Marathon, 11km as well as a 5km run / walk.

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ASB Auckland Marathon 2020
image descriptionVictoria Park Auckland

The ASB Auckland Marathon will take place on the 1st of November 2020. Distances offered include Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km, 5km Family and a Kids Marathon.

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Selwyn Running Festival
image descriptionEllesmere Canterbury

The flat, country roads of Ellesmere make the ideal course for athletes from all walks of life to put their training to the test. The Ellesmere locals welcome all entrants and get out en masse to show their support.

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Balclutha Half Marathon
image descriptionBalclutha Otago

The Cross Recreation Centre half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km family fun will take place on the 1st of November 2020. The course follows the Clutha River across the iconic Balclutha Bridge finishing at the Cross Recreation Centre in Balclutha.

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Corporate Challenge Christchurch
image descriptionHagley Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Corporate Challenge is a 5km run, jog or walk organised exclusively for businesses and organisations. The first in the Corporate Challenge series takes place in Christchurch on Wednesday the 4th of November at Hagley Park.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 5 Nov
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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2020 Aorangi Undulator 100
image descriptionAorangi Forest Park, Wairarapa Wellington

The Aorangi Undulator 100 is a trail-running race in which competitors cover over 100km in 3 days.

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Aorangi Undulator 2020
image descriptionAorangi Forest Park, Wairarapa Wellington

The Aorangi Undulator is a 33km trail-running race which takes competitors through five valleys and four undulations among the mountains of the Aorangi Forest Park, situated in the south-east of the Wairarapa.

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Feilding Marathon 2020
image descriptionFeilding Manawatu-Whanganui

The 66th Feilding Marathon will take place on Saturday the 7th of November 2020. In addition to the Marathon, the event also offers a half marathon, 10km and 5km. All courses follow an out and back route.  

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Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon
image descriptionTairua Waikato

The Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon will take place on the 7th of November 2020. The 5km, 10km and half marathon courses can be run or walked and showcase this beautiful seaside town on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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