All Whale Run courses…are new for 2020 with most of your time off the road!
Enjoy the spectacular views of the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges. The mountains are almost close enough to touch, the air is fresh and pure. We have a comprehensive traffic management plan, although sometimes we wonder what traffic we’re managing on these quiet country roads. 5km, 12km & 21km distances are marked on the courses. We have portaloo’s and drink stations on the courses for your convenience and when you’re done there’s refreshments and a bit later a nice relaxing prize giving.
Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd man/women – non vet and vet (40+) and youth (10-16 years) in the half marathon and 12km events. In the 5km 1st boy and girl (under 16 years) & 1st man/woman. 1st boy and girl in the Marafun event receive a keepsake. Spot prizes follow.
Whale Run Categories:
- 1/2 Marathon Run
- 1/2 Marathon Walk
- 12 km Run
- 12 km Walk
- 5 km Run or Walk (hybrid event)
- Marafun (for pre school & primary school age children recommended 8 years and under)
- The 1/2 Marathon and 12 km ARE NOT hybrid events. A walk is a walk and a run is a run.
All competitors will have times and places recorded.
These race rules apply in conjunction with the waiver on the entry form
- Entries are not transferable.
- You must wear your race number on your chest, if you want to be timed.
- Follow course as explained at race brief.
- Obey directions of course officials at all times.
- Keep to the left of the road unless otherwise directed.
- If participants choose to wear i-pods or any other kind of earphones we can not accept any responsibility for any accidents caused by them.
- PLEASE NOTE: in the event that both SH1 and Inland Road (SH70) close due to events out of our control, refunds will not be given.
Whale Run Race Day Programme:
Registration Pack Pickup: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm Friday 4 Sept or 7.00 am – 8.00 am Saturday 5 Sept at Kaikōura Suburban School, Schoolhouse Road
Race Brief: 8.30 am Saturday 5 Sept at Kaikōura Suburban School, Schoolhouse Road
PROVISIONAL TIMINGS (EXACT START TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED CLOSER TO THE TIME)
1/2 Marathon WALK start time: 9.00 am
1/2 Marathon RUN start time: 9.15 am
12 km start time: 9.30 am
5 km start time: 9.45 am
Marafun start time: 10.00 am
Prize giving: TBC
Maps on this website are as accurate as possible, no responsibility is taken for incorrect information. Changes may need to be made at short notice due to factors beyond our control.
1/2 Marathon Run/Walk
Start at the school gate and head right for half a Km. Up a farm track heading towards Mt Fyffe. Cross Postmans Road onto McInnes where a gradual elevation will take you through the new bike track across Luke’s creek up to Top Line Road. Enjoy travelling through the native bush watching out for many natural hazards that exist on trail runs. Once out of the bush you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the peninsula. Carry on for another 3 km elevating gradually to the high point at the Waimangaroa Dam. Cut through the forest trail to Koura Bay Golf Course. It’s then all downhill back to school. PLEASE NOTE this course has minimal time on the road and will take you through the nice bird-filled bush, across several creeks (you might get wet feet), stop banks, farm tracks, gravel roads with some good elevations. The views of the mountains, native bush and Kaikōura Peninsula are outstanding and will more than reward you for this challenging course!
12 km Run/Walk
The classic 10km, tweaked to 12km.
Start at school and follow the same track as the 1/2 Marathon for approximately the first 7 km on this course. Up the farm track and cutting through the bush on the new bike track. Enjoy stunning peninsula views as you turn and head back down towards school.
As a 12km run or walk this year you will have a bit further to go, more challenging underfoot and a bit of an elevation. Time to test yourself!
Start at the school gate and head right for half a Km to the first bridge on School House Road. Turn left and up the farm track. Pass animals and farm buildings and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of rural life. There is a slight elevation. Turn around at the top of the track by Postmans Road and enjoy the gentle slope back down!
The more-fun Marafun.
For preschoolers and early primary school-age children (8 years and under), the event this year is being run OFF the road and kept safely within the school grounds. Race around the track with fun obstacles along the way to add to the excitement.
Please Note: This is not the confirmed Marafun course. You’ll need to come along and join the fun to find the real course!