Running Events, 2016
With 2015 almost finished, it is time to start planning next year’s running goals. I’ve put together a list of some of the best runs, road and off-road, for the early part of 2016. Any other recommendations that you have, please let me know! Sometimes there are smaller runs out there that aren’t as popular, but definitely worth doing.
Hutt River Trail- Jan 23rd
“The Hutt River Trail Events is an annual 60K Ultra Marathon starting in the Wairarapa, a 42K Marathon from Kaitoke, a 21K Half Marathon from Trentham and a 10K starting from McEwan Park, Petone, with all events ending at McEwan Park, Petone.
These are off-road events, over a variety of surfaces including: bush tracks, grass, gravel and sealed footpaths, and some unsealed vehicle tracks. All of the course is shared with other users, such as runners, walkers, trampers, cyclists and motor vehicles in places. Unusual features include: tunnels, stiles, gateways and zigzags, and one flight of steps.”
The Coast to Coast- February 12th
“The Coast to Coast Mountain Run covers the 33km mountain run leg of the Speight’s Coast to Coast multi sport event.
The competitors in the Mountain Run will register at Aickens Corner and start as the first cyclist in the two day event enters the Aickens transition. They will then complete the normal mountain run course of 33kms over Goat Pass and finish at Klondyke Corner in the Arthurs Pass National Park.”
Buller Gore – February 13th
“The Buller Gorge Marathon has the Full Marathon along with Half Marathon and 4 Person Marathon Team Relay running events.
The marathon course commences at Hawks Crag and heads up the gorge to a turning point near Berlin’s Hotel, then back down the scenic, undulating Buller Gorge Highway to a finish at Victoria Square, Westport.
The half-marathon is a one-way run starting near the Ohika-iti River Bridge and also finishes at Victoria Square.”
Taupo- Great Lake Relay- February 20th
“The annual Great Lake Relay is an annual team relay event where 10 to 18 members run or walk the 155kms around Lake Taupo; a shorter team relay event for teams of 5 to 8 covering 67.5km; and a solo 67.5km event.”
The Hillary- February 27th
The Hillary is an 80km, 34km and 16km trail run following the Hillary Trail through Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. The 80km event starts from the Arataki Visitors Center on Scenic Drive; the 34km from Piha; and the 16km from Bethells Beach. All events finish at Muriwai.
The Full Hillary trail follows a variety of terrain and scenery.
Stunning views throughout the trail, rugged West coast beaches, magnificent native bush including the hundreds of year old native Kauri trees. Past large waterfalls and sand dunes, along cliff tops or through marshlands – there is something for everyone.”
Motatapu- March 5th
“Motatapu is an annual event including the Icebreaker Off Road Marathon, 15km arrowtown.com Miner’s Trail Run and 51km Torpedo7 Sport Team Adventure Run and Solo Adventure Run.
The 42km Off Road Marathon and 51km Adventure Run start at Glendhu Bay, near Lake Wanaka and finish in Arrowtown. The 15km Miner’s Run starts and ends in Arrowtown, following a trail mountain loop.”
The Dual- March 19th
The Partners Life DUAL is an annual running, mountain biking and triathlon event that traverses the islands of Motutapu and Rangitoto in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.
There are 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km and 6km running or walking events.
Coatesville Classic- March 20th
“The Mizuno Coatesville Classic is an annual half marathon and 8km running and walking event, 4km downhill dash and a kids 2km dash. The rural Coatesville Classic course treats you to spectacular views, from Sky Tower on one side to the Waitakeres on the other, and the road is closed for the event.”
The Huntly Half- March 20th
“The Huntly Half Marathon, 10km fun run/walk, 5km fun run/walk and kids 2km events is a well-established event on the running calendar and has a strong fan base, attracting approximately 3000 walkers and runners from Auckland, the Waikato and central North Island.
There is a new course for 2016, starting from Riverview Rd Reserve. This new course is one that is expected to be fast. It features a virtually flat single out & back route that follows the mighty Waikato River on completely on sealed roads. This course will only be used for the Half Marathon participants and no other event distances.”
The Ohope Express- March 26th
“The Ohope Express is a running and walking event that incorporates three distances – 5km & 10km fun runs and a 21.1km half marathon. The picturesque course is all on-road, is as flat as a pancake and for those seeking a personal best – it’s highly likely!”
It is a great time to sit down and start looking through the New Zealand Running Calendar. I heard a saying one time that I think of very often and I share it with all my clients, “It is easier to stay fit than it is to get fit”.