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Thank you to everyone who has continued to support the Whale Run.
We apologise for the ongoing postponements and look forward to seeing everyone in September.

Saturday 10 September 2022

It's only

23 days 23 hours 58 minutes 28 seconds

until the Sport Tasman Whale Run!

Details and entry here soon.

The Fun Event For Everyone

The Whale Run is brought to you by Sport Tasman and 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 2022.

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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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16th Whale Run

The Whale Run story

Now into its 16th 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 fundraiser 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, despite having to cancel 2020 and postpone 2021 twice due to COVID restrictions. Thanks to the continued support and sponsorship of local businesses and you, the competitors, we bring you the bigger and even better Kaikōura Whale Run 2022! A new year, new trails, finishers medals! Come one, come all, for a fantastic fundraiser event for the whole family!


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