SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019

Online entries have now closed.

Late entries available at Registration on Saturday 1.30-4pm or Sunday from 7am.


  • Enter before 30 April 2019 to have your name printed on your race number

  • Standard pricing ends at 5pm Sunday 12 May 2019 - after this a late entry fee of $10 applies to all distances

  • Online Entries close – Thursday 23 May 2019 at 5pm.

  • Registration and race number pick-up is on Saturday 25 May at Massey University Activity Centre between 1:30pm and 4pm
    OR at the event from 7am and at least 45 minutes before your event start time. Marathon walkers - you will need to collect on the Saturday afternoon, or contact us to make an alternative arrangement.


Entry fees are detailed below. We also offer a kids MaraFun event free of charge - a distance of 0.7km (short) or 2.3km (long). There is no need to register for this event.

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This year we will be awarding medals to all finishers of the marathon, half marathon and 10km events.


Registration is open from 1:30pm - 4pm on Saturday 25th May from the Activity Centre (situated directly behind the Massey Recreation Centre). Please follow the directions of signage and/or ushers. Race numbers may also be picked up on Sunday morning from 7am at least 45 minutes before your event. Marathon walkers will need to collect on Saturday afternoon - please contact us to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

We encourage you to attend registration on the Saturday to ease congestion on Sunday morning.

In the interests of conserving resources and protecting our environment, your race day pack will be sent via email a few days before the event. It contains offers from our event partners, as well as reminders of important information.


The event starts and finishes from Massey University, Recreational Centre, Palmerston North.

Course maps can be found at the bottom of this page.

The timings for the day are as below:

  • 0700 Marathon Walkers

  • 0800 Marathon Runners

  • 0830 Half Walkers

  • 0930 Half Runners

  • 1000 10km

  • 1010 5km

  • 1015 Kids MaraFun

All courses will be officially closed at 1345.

Prizegiving (marathon and half marathon results only) and the major spot prize draw will be held at approximately 1400. Please see note below on spot prizes regarding eligibility.


Plenty of parking is available in the Massey carpark on the day. Orchard Road is closed from Saturday afternoon for the event so you will need to access the parking via Albany Drive (off Old West Road).


Event HQ will offer the full post-race experience; where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere, appreciate a well-earned massage, refuel, and enjoy celebrating your achievement with friends and family. 

There will be a coffee cart in attendance and there will be a sausage sizzle and other hot savoury food to purchase.

There will be parking at Massey on the day but please note Orchard Road is closed so you will need to access the parking from Old West Road.


There are six aid stations out on the course, all will be equipped with water, cups, and first aid kits. The location of these drink stations are laid out in the course maps below.

In addition, Tailwind Endurance Fuel will be available at the Te Matai Road and Dittmer Drive drink stations:

Marathon: 13.1 km, 20.4km, 32.5km, 37.7km

Half Marathon: 11.4km, 16.7km.


The Timing Team will be taking care of all of our timing needs on the day.  Race numbers are worn on the front of your shirt and must be clearly visible at all times. You must remember not to cover your race number as you pass over the start/finish line as this can affect the integrity of the chip timing.

Disposable timing chips are attached to the back of your race number and will record your time. Timing chips do not need to be returned.


We have partnered with some awesome businesses this year and have some great spot prizes to give away. Keep an eye on our facebook page as we’ll be showcasing these soon.

Minor spot prizes are available to all participants.

The major spot prize draw is only available to marathon and half marathon entrants. Your race number will include a tear off section, which you must place in the prize draw barrel to be eligible. You must then be present at prizegiving to claim a prize. In the event of a no-show, the prize will be redrawn.


This year race photos will be provided by Photos4Sale under the Pay What You Want scheme. You like your photo? You pay what you want - honestly! You show your support to the photographer by paying what you think it’s worth. Photos will become available in a day or two after the event - your personalised link will be emailed to you using the email address you signed up with.

CHANGES TO registration


Requests for refunds must be notified in writing to Manawatu Striders ( before 5pm on Sunday 5 May 2019. 25% of your entry fee will be retained to cover administration costs.

After 5 May, entry fees are non-refundable. Please note you do have the option of entry transfer to a friend or a distance change (subject to availability).


If you have entered but are unable to take part on the day, you may transfer your entry to a friend. Please contact us at by Sunday 12 May 2019.

For health and safety reasons, it is important for us to know the correct identity of every athlete on the course. Please do not give your race number to someone else without lodging the new details with us. Please note that if you have a personalised race number, it will have the name of the original entrant.


You are welcome to change the distance you have entered for (subject to availability) up to Sunday 12 May 2019.

To change down a distance (eg half marathon to 10km) - free of charge. Note that no refunds will be given on the difference in entry fees.

To change up a distance (eg 5km to 10km) - you will only need to pay the difference in entry fee.

Please contact us at to arrange this.


In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all entrants please take into account the following:

  • We are a non-smoking event. There is no smoking allowed on course, at event HQ, or the parking area.

  • Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right

  • Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times

  • Please obey instructions from race officials and volunteers at all times


  • Place-getters are from gun time

  • Nordic Walkers - Walkers are allowed to use walking poles but will not qualify for a winners prize

  • Headphones are permitted but please please make sure you can still hear marshals and people around you

  • All runners and walkers must stick to the course

  • Dogs - No dogs are allowed on the course and cannot be accompanied by cyclists, vehicles or non-entered competitors.

  • Bikes - No bikes allowed on the course. This is a safety issue.

  • Runners may walk but walkers may not run. If you think you will run any part of the course you must enter as a runner.

  • Competitors enter at their own risk.


Course Maps




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