Event details



Date Saturday 17 May 2025
Entry Fee View Entry Fees here
Distance 42.195km
Start Time 7:45 am
Start Line Anderson Park, Greenmeadows, Napier
Finish Line Elephant Hill Estate & Winery 
Minimum Age Must be 18 years of age on race day to compete
Cut-off Time Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the course will officially be closed at 4:00pm. Athletes must reach the following point on course to ensure you make the course closure at 4:00pm. Any competitors reaching this point after the cut off time will not be permitted to continue. 
Timing Results Timing results will be provided by age group category. The marathon age (age on race day) group categories are as follows for men and women; 18-19 years, 20-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80+ years
Prize Money Prize money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall Men and Women runners across the finish line. 1st - $3,000, 2nd - $1,500, 3rd - $750. The prize money will be based on participants gun time.
Prizes All Marathon finishers will receive a Finisher Medal. Non-monetary prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd placing in each running age group category for Men and Women, and will be based on participants mat time.
Walkers Walkers are welcome to enter the marathon and will be issued a specific walkers race bib. The walking category is for participants who intend to walk the entire course and compete against other ‘walkers’. If you intend to run even one step on the course please register as a ‘runner’. Please ensure walkers start at the back behind the runners and keep to the left at all times.
Race Rules The ASICS Runaway Hawke's Bay Marathon is run under Drug Free Sport NZ Authority Regulations and the competitive and administrative rules of Athletics New Zealand. Please view the full list of race rules here.

 * Last updated: 20.02.24, course and start times are subject to change

Course maps

Course summary

Flat course, easy running. The course offers a unique mix of terrain, with 50% of the course on smooth, hard-packed limestone Hawke's Bay Trails and 50% on sealed roads and paths. 

Take in some iconic sights of the Hawke's Bay region including Pania of the Reef, The National Aquarium, and the Spirit of Napier along the Napier coastline. 

Wind through the Waitangi Estuary at Clive on the Hawke's Bay Trails with ocean views out towards Cape Kidnappers, before the iconic finish line at the stunning Elephant Hill Estate & Winery.

Course description

Runners will head out from Anderson Park before winding their way down Westminster Street and onto Wharerangi Road, where they make their way towards Church Street, and make a right-hand turn towards Park Island. 

Once in Park Island, athletes will get their first taste of trails as they run around the base of the hill before making their way back onto the bike paths of Prebensen Drive. Crossing Prebensen Drive, runners join the limestone trails around the Ahuriri Estuary, before crossing the old rail bridge, winding through Westshore and over Pandora Bridge towards Ahuriri and into the Port of Napier.  

Once past the port, it is straight shot down the beautiful Napier coastline to Waitangi Regional Park on the coastal path. Runners then head south towards the Clive River and along the oceanfront to the mouth of the Tukituki River before curving along the east side of the Tukituki River towards Haumoana. The final stretch continues south along Beach Road and Clifton Road, taking in the views out to Cape Kidnappers, before finally arriving at one of the most welcoming finish lines in New Zealand at Elephant Hill Estate & Winery. 

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Sat,17 May 2025