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Sun to Surf Half Marathon

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Soak up this awesome chilled atmosphere in the Earstern Bay Region. You'll be sure to find a race pace that's just right for you, with a course which carries you to the sea. Come and live the dream, even if its just for the day.

How to enter the Sun to Surf Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
    NZD $80–NZD $85
    Event passed
  2. Surf Strider

    Run 10km
    NZD $60–NZD $65
    Event passed
  3. Sun Run + Walk

    Run 5km
    NZD $35–NZD $40
    Event passed

Sun to Surf Half Marathon routes

Sun to Surf Half Marathon

All runners should be in paradise on this 21.1K downhill dash.

Starting in sight of the iconic Wairaka, the course quickly passes the wharf before starting down Whakatane’s Main Street. Continuing along the road runners will soon veer off to the left onto trails and pavements through the bush – the picture-postcard coast coming ever nearer. At the bottom of the hill the route turns left into West End Road before hitting the beach at the West End Surf Club and following the Mahy Reserve parallel to the ocean. Continuing along trails and roads the final 1K will be on the sand, the finish line being at the Surf and Sand Beachfront Venue.

The half marathon comprises approximately 20% off road terrain and 80% on road.

Surf Strider – 10km

Serving up one of New Zealand’s most stunning beachside routes, the course starts outside the doors of the popular Whakatane Surf Club before heading out to Mair Street and veering left onto Pohutukawa Ave. The route then follows Ocean Road through an access way to Harbour Road before competitors hit the Ōhope Harbourside Trail to Port Ōhope Wharf. Continuing on Harbour Road into the Port Ōhope Recreation Reserve, entrants will take a left turn onto a beach access track before touching the glorious white sand of Ōhope Beach.

The final 1K will be on the sand, the finish line being at the Surf and Sand Beachfront Venue.

The 10km comprises approximately 30% off road terrain and 70% on road.

Sun Run & Walk – 5km

Starting on Ohope Beach, runners on the 5K have all the best views and the shortest distance to run. Starting off west up the beach runners will be directed onto Harbour road before reaching the Port Ohope Recreation Reserve. Here they’ll hit some trails and follow the coastal paths completing a short loop back onto Harbour Road. The final 1K will be like the 10K and Half Marathon, the finish line being at the Surf and Sand Beachfront Venue.

The 5km comprises approximately 65% off road terrain and 35% on road.

Event Details

What’s Included
A personalised souvenir event number with your name on the front
A recorded time in the official results
A limited edition inaugural event finisher medal
Aid stations and event recovery area with access to water, Pure Sports Nutrition product and other sponsor goodies
Opportunity to win spot prizes
Post event entertainment at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue including the Bonfire
Raceday Logistics

Race HQ

The HQ is the Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue at Ōhope Beach.

Event Schedule

All races start at 3pm - so you'll be able to enjoy the sunset.

Note: all times are approximate and may be subject to change.

Friday 5th April 2019

6.00pm to 8.00pm event registration Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue.

Saturday 6th April 2019

9.00am to 1.00pm Event registration Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue.

1.00pm Event foodies and bevie vendors available for competitors and supporters at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue

1.45pm Sun to Surf Half Marathon Buses depart Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue for the start at Whakatāne Heads

2.00pm Surf Strider 10km Buses depart Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue for the start at Whakatāne Surf Club

2.50pm Event safety briefings commence at the start areas for all events

3.00pm All events commence at respective start lines

4.00pm Event entertainment (bands and DJ) commence at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue

7.00pm Event Prize-Giving Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue.

7.45pm Controlled bonfire begins below Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue.

Kit List

Just your usual running wear - dress for the weather and don't forget to stay hydrated

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to soak up the atmosphere at the Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue

FAQs

What are the event categories?

Half Marathon Categories:

    Under 20
    Open
    Masters 40-49
    Masters 50-59
    Master 60+
    There will be an open walking category.

10km Categories:

    Under 20
    Open
    Masters 40-49
    Masters 50-59
    Master 60+
    There will be an open walking category.

5km Categories:

    This is an open event with run or walk options.

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