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!


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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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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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Rotorua Ekiden Relay
image descriptionLake Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Rotorua Ekiden Relay is a marathon relay event with the 42. 2km run broken up into six stages. The course follows the same route used in the Rotorua Marathon completing a lap of Lake Rotorua. The event can be run or walked.

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

Taking place on the 17th of October 2020, the Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Half is 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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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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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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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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Woodbury Hill Country Challenge
image descriptionOrari Gorge Station, Geraldine Canterbury

The Woodbury Hill Country Challenge is an event that caters for the whole family. It has courses that range from the 4km Family fun run / bike where kids can bike and mum or dad can push a buggy to the challenging 37km trail run and 42km mountain bike.

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Rotary AllFit Coastal Run
image descriptionDuder Regional Park Auckland

The Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run is a community event organized by the Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast Inc. and is a run/walk from Duder Regional Park to Te Puru Park in Beachlands, Auckland, New Zealand that takes place on the first Sunday of November.

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Pegasus Bay Classic 13km & Kids 3km Trail Races
image descriptionBroad Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sri Chinmoy Pegasus Bay Classic 13km & Kids 3km Trail Races are fun trail run races for all the family. The event will be held at Broad Park in Christchurch on the 8th of November 2020.

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Boulder Bay Classic
image descriptionTaylors Mistake Beach, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sumner Running Club's Boulder Bay Classic 10km Trail Run will take place on the 8th of November 2020. The route takes in the stunning coastline views of the Godley Head Track.

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Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake
image descriptionLake Rotoiti Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake is a fantastic introduction to trail running - many runners have had their first taste of off road running by completing this one. The course is an anticlockwise circuit of Lake Rotoiti commencing from the Lake Rotoiti waterfront. Approximately 25km.

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23rd Sri Chinmoy 6-12-24 Hour Track Races & 24-Hr Teams Relay
image descriptionAUT Millennium Stadium, Mairangi Bay Auckland

The 23rd Sri Chinmoy 6-12-24 Hour Track Races & 24-Hr Teams Relay will take place at AUT Millennium Stadium in Mairangi Bay on the 14th of November 2020. The event offers runners and race walkers 6 hour, 12 hour and 24 hour race challenges.

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Eukanuba Tails and Trails 2020
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

Eukanuba Tails and Trails is a 5km and 10km run or walk in Riverhead for canines of all sizes & abilities and their two-legged friends.

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Lugton's Round the Bridges 2020
image descriptionHamilton Waikato

Every year thousands of runners and walkers descend upon Hamilton City Centre for one of NZ's oldest and most beloved annually contested events, Lugtons’ Round the Bridges!

Located in the heart of Hamilton and with features including the Waikato River walkways and iconic bridges, Round the Bridges is one of New...

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Ashhurst to Esplanade 2020
image descriptionAshhurst Domain Manawatu-Whanganui

The Manawatu Striders Ashhurst to Esplanade Half Marathon and Fun Run will take place on the 15th of November 2020. The event offers a half marathon, 12km and 3km.

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Wai Running Festival
image descriptionGreytown Wellington

The Wai Running Festival will take place from the 19th of November until the 22nd of November 2020 in Wairarapa. There are two entry options; the WAI2K and the WAI NOT.

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Valley Ultra 2020
image descriptionCraigieburn Valley Canterbury

ULTRA NZ is an Ultra Series tackling New Zealand's best terrain. We believe the best way to see Te Whenua o Aotearoa is on foot, and we're going to take you on epic journeys through some of the most beautiful, tough and iconic landscapes NZ has to offer.

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Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

Save the date in your dairy for what must be one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world! The Queenstown Marathon will take place on the 21st of November 2020. Distances offered include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km as well as a 3km kids run.

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Kerikeri Half Marathon
image descriptionKerikeri Northland

Join us this year for the Northland Waste Kerikeri Half Marathon on the 21st November 2020!

Run, Wheelie (wheel chair), Run/Walk, Competitive Walk or just walk! We have you covered!

This Half Marathon is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar. Starting in Okaihau the 21.

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Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi
image descriptionWaihi Waikato

Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi is a trail run or walk through the beautiful Karangahake Gorge. The event includes a number of distance options for runners and walkers including 8. 2km, 13km, 20. 5km as well as a marathon for runners only.

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Colour Zone Run
image descriptionDonnell Sports Park, Christchurch Canterbury

Since February 2011 we’ve all heard about the Red Zone. Well, on Sunday 22 November 2020 at 10:00am, we change this to The Colour Zone with The Colour Zone Run. Yes; this is the most colourful event you’ll ever see and be in.

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Rotorua Running Festival 2020
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Save the date in your diary for the Rotorua Running Festival 2020 on the 22nd of November. The Running Festival offers a 50km Ultra, Half Marathon and 10km run, as well as the 5km run / walk and a 3km kids run.

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Julians Berry farm and Cafe Tois Challenge 2020
image descriptionWhakatane Bay of Plenty

One of Whakatāne's iconic annual events this is a multi-terrain 18km loop on the beautiful coastal Nga Tapuwae o Toi track, organized by the Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club.

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Heart and Soul Women's Run Series Event 4
image descriptionKulim Park, Matua, Tauranga Bay of Plenty

The Heart and Soul Women's Run Series is a series of four women's only running events. The fourth and final in the 2020 series takes place at Kulim Park, Matua on the 29th of November. Run or walk the 2. 5km or 5km courses, or run the 7.

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Huntly Half Marathon
image descriptionHuntly Waikato

The Huntly Half Marathon due to be held on the 24th of May 2020 has been postponed to 29th November 2020. The event includes a half marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a 2km kids run. All distances can be run or walked.

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The Moa Experience
image descriptionPapamoa Bay of Plenty

The Moa Experience is a trail running and walking event held in Papamoa. Taking place on the 29th of November 2020, the event showcases Summerhill Farm, Papamoa Hills and the wonderful trails in Papamoa.

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The Longbeach Coastal Challenge
image descriptionAshburton Canterbury

Set along the Canterbury coast, the Longbeach Coastal Challenge is a community run event with options for elite riders and runners to recreational athletes and families. The course crosses the privately owned Longbeach Estate and takes participants through farmland, gullies, streams and along the coastline.

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Ray White Hatea Loop Challenge, With a Splash of Colour!
image descriptionHīhīaua Peninsular, Whangarei Northland

A Sport Northland event celebrating the Hatea Loop Walk/Cycleway - Huarahi o te Whai and Workplace Health. While navigating the course, participants will pass through 5 colour stations getting covered in vibrant coloured powder as well as witnessing some local on course entertainment to keep you moving.

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Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt 2020
image descriptionKepler Track, Fiordland Southland

The 33rd Kepler Challenge will be held on the 5th of December 2020 on the beautiful Kepler Track within Fiordland National Park. The course is 60km long with a total ascent and descent of 1350m.

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Omaha Half Marathon
image descriptionOmaha Auckland

Taking place on the 6th of December 2020, the Omaha Half Marathon offers a Half Marathon, 10km, 5km run / walk and a 2km kids dash.

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