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We've had to cancel!

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Whale Run Event. While we know this is very disappointing for you as it is for us, based on the government's level 2 guidelines we are not able to hold our event in the interest of everybody's wellbeing.

See you in 2021
at The Fun Event For Everyone

The Whale Run is brought to you by Kaikōura Suburban School where kids get an education they will remember for life.

1/2 Marathon Walk or Run

This is our biggie for the serious runners, walkers and self-challenge doers.
NEW COURSE for 2020.

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12 km Walk or Run

The classic 10km course has been tweaked to 12km with bush trail and peninsula views.

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5km Run/Walk

A NEW distance for those wanting to push themselves beyond the Marafun and for those who want a bit of a ‘get fit’ challenge.

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The race for preschoolers and early primary school-age children (8 years and under). The Marafun is off-road in the safety of the school grounds.

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14th Whale Run


The Whale Run story

Now into it's 14th year, the Kaikōura Whale Run began life in the school grounds of Kaikōura Suburban School as the Kaikōura Suburban Half Marathon. The idea was to create a fun event fund raiser that could encourage folk to have a get fit project over winter to feel great for the summer. It has proven to be very popular and thanks to the support and sponsorship of local businesses and you; the competitors, we bring you the bigger and even better Kaikōura Whale Run.


Mainpower North Canterbury Sports Awards Sport Event of the Year

What People Are Saying

  • The team loved your event last year and I would love to get up and participate in something this year.
  • I just want to congratulate and thank you.
  • Congratulations for organising such a successful running event. All of the students I have talked to really enjoyed it as did our Principal. Our students felt a real sense of accomplishment at finishing the race.
  • Thanks again for a wonderful event. Am happy to promote to all my running friends.
  • A big thank you for the prize. It was unexpected and very generous.
  • A huge thanks and congrats for another successful Whale Run. You guys rock, such a great team of organisers and effort all round. Glad it was a great day and record numbers. Awesome stuff
  • Thank you for an amazing event, I'll be sharing with all my friends how great the Kaikoura Whale Run is!!!
  • Great event.  Will be back next year, thanks!
    PB & JD
  • I love running with Harold the Giraffe.
  • Fantastic views & course.
  • Lovely brisk stroll the dappled wattle tree lanes, with picturesque snow-capped peaks in the background - superb!
  • Brilliant event.  I love it, so community centred.  Thank you
  • Started great, finished sore, happy with time! May it continue, love Whale run each year.
    P & J W