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Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon

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The Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon is a fun, fast, and friendly race for the whole family to participate in! There are no vehicles along this course, allowing you to focus on whichever walk or run you choose: The Half marathon, The 10km, and The 1.6km Kidz Dash.

How to enter the Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
    NZD $69–NZD $79
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  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    NZD $39–NZD $49
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  3. Kids Dash

    Run 1.6km
    NZD $30
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Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon routes

Half Marathon - 21km

Starting at Nga Puna Wai, you will spread out around the one and a half laps of the athletics track before running out to the motorway pathways. The finala route to the Motorway pathways will be finalised just prior to the event given that some of the area is still a construction site.

Once on the Motorway pathways the run will go to Carrs Basin returning to Curletts Road and back into Nga Puna Wai. Whether this is via the underpass or Canterbury A&P Park is yet to be decided. The finish will be back on the athletics track at Nga Puna Wai.

There will be 1km markers throughout the event for the Half Marathon.


The 10km runners will start at the same time as the Half Marathon runners and will run out through the underpass and continue toward Carrs Basin. When the 10km runners reach the 5km marker, they turn and return to the Finish at Nga Puna Wai.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Race Pack Pick Up

Friday 1st March - 3:00pm to 6:00pm - The Ashley Hotel 106 Mandeville Street Christchurch

Saturday 2nd March - 10:00am to 12pm - The Ashley Hotel 106 Mandeville Street Christchurch

Start Times

All Runners will start at 9:00am with race brief at 8:50am.

All Walkers will start at 9:05am with race brief at 9:01am.

The Kidz Dash will start at 9:10am with race brief at 9:06am

The Race Briefing and Race Start on the Nga Puna Wai Athletics Track

Race numbers are to be pinned to the front of your running shirt.


Walkers and Hybrid competitors will start 5 minutes after the runners start. We ask all runners during the event to let walkers know if they’re coming up on them. Walkers, please be aware of runners coming up on you throughout the event.

Hybrid competitors can run and walk when they like, although we ask that competitors don't run the full distance as this isn't in the spirit of the category.


Where is the Start and Finish?

Start and Finish is at Nga Puna Wai Sport Hub on the athletics track

Will there be km markers?

Yes; there will be km markers at every 1km for the Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon up to 20km. The 10km run will only be marked on the way out.

Will toilets be around the route if needed?

A port-a-loo will be stationed at the underpass with the drink station.

Will there be a bag drop off that is secure?

Yes; this will be at Race HQ on McFarlane Ave at the A&P Showgrounds.

Is there a time limit for the run and walk of the Half Marathon?

Yes; both walkers and runners have a cut off of 1:00pm

Is there are prize giving?

Yes; there is a prize giving in each category for first, second and third.

Do I have to be present to receive my prize?

To receive prizes, both category and spot, competitors need to be present.

What time is prize giving?

We anticipate prize giving to start at approximately 1:15pm.

Is there food and coffee available?

Yes; There will be food vendors on site, these will be fast foods with a variety to choose from.

What beverages are available after the event?

Soft drinks and energy drinks will be available for purchase during and after the event.

Can I wear iPod and/or other types of technology to listen to music during the run?

Our recommendation is that you don’t as you can’t take instructions from marshals during the event. And you may not hear other runners coming up behind you.

Are there any age restriction for the Half Marathon and 10km run?

Yes; to do the Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon and 10km you need to be 13 years of age on race day.

If I transfer down from the Half Marathon to the 10km, does the price difference come off my transfer fee?

No, sorry it doesn’t as the administration work to allocate your number to the Half Marathon and timing system has already been done. You are then being removed from one event and then registered in the new event 10km.

What if something happens and the event can’t go ahead, like a storm, earthquake do I get a refund?

Should the event have to be cancelled due to force majeure, there will be no refund of entry fee as all expenses have generally been spent in marketing, set up, prizes and awards.

Are there drink stations on the run?

Yes; a drink station will be set up by the underpass of the motorway and half marathon runners will get drinks at approximately 3km, 8km,13km and 18km.

Do finishers receive a medal?

Yes; Every Half Marathon finisher will receive a Finishers Medal.

Can prams be used in the event?

Sorry prams can't be used in the event, some parts are narrow and with it being an out and back course, prams aren't suitable.

Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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