Queen's Birthday Weekend - Sunday 6 June 2021

Mt Runners & Walkers Half Marathon


Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

Please select your question category

If you are thinking of jogging or running AT ANY POINT in the event you do need to be entered in the run category. The walking category is only for those who have committed to walk the event from start to finish. Please ensure you are entered in the right category at pre race registration.

No. We will do our best to ensure all participants enter the correct category (run or walk) at pre race registration but that is where our policing stops. No event staff will be policing that each walk category participant will be strictly walking across the entire event course on the day as this is not an official sanctioned walk event.

At the post event prizegiving we will announce the provisional winners of the walk category based on the provisional results that we have. Post event, if you believe a particular participant needs to be altered from the walk to the run category please email through all details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will follow up with that participant. If that participant agrees that they should be switched, we will switch - if they disagree or communication cannot be made with that participant they will remain in the walk results.

Walkers in the Half Marathon and 10km have their own start time separate to the runners and we wish all the walkers the very best out there on a beautiful course!

The start line for all events is on the seaward side of Marine Parade opposite the Pacific apartments at 10 Marine Parade. All courses begin by running/walking East along Marine Parade until reaching their respective turnaround points. Once competitors have turned at their respective turnaround points they will run/walk back through the start area then turn left onto Adams Ave and be directed around Mauao Base Track (clockwise). The Half Marathon course completes two full laps.

Yes. PLEASE allow the quick ones to move to the front to get away easily come race start and please place yourself towards the back if you know you are going to head off slowly. If we can all do this it will be one smooth race start!

The finish line for all events is on the grass reserve approximately 100m up from the Mount Maunganui Surf Club.

Yes, full transponder timing for all events except the KidsK.

Strongly not recommended. You need to be highly alert to our event marshals' instructions, to other participants and traffic. You’re running around beautiful Mauao – please give the music a rest for an hour or so!

Strongly not recommended and you will not have an enjoyable day due to narrowness of the track. Organisers request that any buggies commence the start behind the walk field and stay left and single file throughout the event.

Yes you can enter this event in a wheelchair. Please be aware that part of the course is on (relatively) smooth sealed road along Marine Parade, however it does include the Mauao base track which is an unsealed, dirt track.

Water and R-Line electrolyte drink will be available at the support stations.

While we use compostable cups at our aid station and sort our rubbish so they don’t go to landfill, we encourage you to bring your own water carrier e.g Camelbak or similar, re-usable cup etc.   


The 5 Half Marathon aid station locations/distances are as follows:

3km Outside #184 Marine Parade (before turn point)

7.5km On Pilot Quay (before going around Mauao Base Track)

10.55km Passing through the start/finish area to start lap 2

13.6km Outside #184 Marine Parade (before turn point)

18km On Pilot Quay (before going around Mauao Base Track)

The 2 10km aid station locations/distances are as follows:

3km Outside #184 Marine Parade (before turn point)

6.9km On Pilot Quay (before going around Mauao Base Track)

The 1 5km aid station location/distance is as follows:

1.95km On Pilot Quay (before going around Mauao Base Track)

There are multiple public toilet block on or just off the event course.   The main ones are under the Mount Surf Club.  There are also public toilets opposite the Pilot Bay boat ramp, on the beachfront opposite Commons Ave, and on the beachfront opposite the Tay St Cafe.  These are all marked on the course map at the event. 

Seaward side. Please STAY LEFT at all times on the event course.

PLEASE NOTE: The event will have ONE LANE closure in place for the event on the seaward side – NOT A FULL ROAD CLOSURE. While this event will have the seaward lane closed to normal vehicle movements you are still to expect vehicle traffic on the course and are responsible for your own actions whilst out on the course.


Clockwise from the Pilot Bay side to Surf Club side.

The cut-off time for all events is midday.

In accordance with Council requirements and our Traffic Management Plan all the roads are to be fully reopened to vehicle traffic at midday. Approaching midday, any entrants still on the roadway section of the course, may need to shift from the roadway to the footpath. In situations where moving to the footpath is not possible, and/or where entrants are well behind the course cut-off pace, entrants may need to be transported further ahead up the course by our event crew so that 100% of our entrants are on the base track by midday heading for the finish line. Please be aware that our tail-end Charlies and/or event staff will communicate any key messages/directions to you on the day should this cut-off time affect you.

Please carpool with other competitors wherever you can and while there is plenty of parking on surrounding streets please factor in a 5-10 minute walk to the event base.

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to the event starting, the seaward side of Marine Parade, Adams Ave and The Mall will all be closed to all vehicle traffic so please follow all traffic management signage and detours.

We will closely follow all current NZ Government alert level guidelines required at events like ours.

Should the event be cancelled by circumstances beyond the club’s control (including Covid-19) the entry fee is non-refundable. 

As you can imagine, event planning & the costs associated with putting on an event starts well before the actual event day. This includes the cost of council fees, event site fees, online entry costs, deposits on services and buying medals etc. etc.   For this reason the entry fee is non-refundable. Entries cannot be transferred to other Event Day events.

We are a local running & walking club who’s goal is to encourage fitness through running & walking in a fun & social way.  We don’t exist to make a profit.  In fact in recent years, when we have made a small profit from this event, we have given those funds to other local community groups.

If you need to change your event option, or would like to transfer your entry to another person, please email through your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to change up (e.g. 10km to half marathon) you’ll need to pay the $10.00 difference at pre race registration. After Thursday 3 June at 5.00pm any changes made to individual entries will incur a $10.00 admin fee.

Sure can. They just need to be armed with your entry details.

Your friends/family members who are able to make pre race registration may collect your race number and transponder for you. If no-one is able to collect for you on Saturday we advise arriving early on Sunday and registering at least 30 minutes prior to your race start.

Late entry applies from 5pm Thursday 3 June and is $10 per person.

The KidsK Race is designed for primary school aged children only.

For all other distances there is no minimum age to enter.  Please note that should a child wish a caregiver to accompany them on the course, that caregiver must also be a registered participant in the same distance race.

If you have been to pre race registration on Saturday then please arrive approximately 20 minutes before your event's start time. If you need to register on the day please be at the event base at least 30 minutes prior to your event's start time.

Yes, please see the Mount Runners and Walkers team inside the Mt Surf Club

We have pacers in the half marathon for 2 hours, 1 hr 45 and 1hr 30. In the 10km event we have a 60 minute pacer. All pacers will be identifiable at the start line with signs and be wearing PACER bibs and running with balloons.

Yes, Marathonsphotos.com will be out and about snapping your pic throughout the morning. Say cheese. You will be emailed when these photos are ready a few days after the event.  A link will also be placed on our Facebook page.


Yes, there is a physiotherapist from Foundation Clinic on site from 7am on race day for free pre-race strapping and advice.

Yes, massage therapists from Foundation Clinic are available in the finish line area. $10 for 10 minutes. Cash only.

We give back to the Mauao Trust (who do planting) and the Western Bay Wildlife Trust (who trap predators to look after the little blue penguins who live on Mauao)

We use compostable cups at the aid stations and finish line - and encourage competitors to byo reuseable cups or carry their own fluids in a pack or bottle.
We sort our rubbish to ensure these cups don’t go to landfill
We use refillable containers at the aid stations for water and electrolytes
If we have any left over bibs, we reuse them the following year
We don’t have race packs because we think they are plastic bags filled with one or two things nobody actually wants.
We email event information to competitors prior to the event rather than giving a printed pack out at registration. This includes where to meet, a map of the course etc.  

More than 100 minor spot prizes are randomly allocated to pre registered participants and given away on the Saturday and Sunday pre race registration. A collection of major prizes will be given away at the midday prizegiving on Sunday. To be in the draw simply place the tear off section from the bottom of your race number into the prize barrel which will be situated underneath the Smiths Sports Shoes tent between 11.30am and noon on Sunday. You DO NEED to be there to win.

Midday on the grass reserve at the finish line area.

Provisional results will be made available by 5.00pm on race day and results will then be finalised by the end of the next week.

Results can be viewed on our Facebook event page or the Results section of this website.

Please email through as much info as you possibly can to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your query will then be forwarded onto the event timing team to look at and in 95% of cases we will have a resolution for you within 24 hours.

Yes, everyone registered in the half marathon, 10 km and 5 km events who finishes receives a finisher medal. Children in the Kids Dash (gold coin donation on the day) receive a small treat.