2 November 2014

Race & Safety Information

All The Essential Details You Require

- Safety Information - Finish Procedure
- Public Roads - Photographs
- Race Rules - Gear Bags
- Race Etiquette - Cut-Off Times
- Wheeled Conveyance - Toilets
- Walkers - Medical
- Race Numbers - Corporate Tents
- Timing System - Finishers
- Start and Finish - Results
- Getting to the Start - Text Message Service
- Pace Team Leaders - Certificates
- Support Stations - Prize Giving
- Personal Refreshments - Contingency Plans
- Spectator Access to Victoria Park  

 

Safety Information

While the Event Organisers have taken every reasonable measure to ensure your safety, as a participant of the Auckland Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, Heart Foundation 5km Challenge or KIDS MARATHON, you are responsible for your own safety and enter this event at your own risk.

Safety has been at the forefront of our planning. Not only the safety of participants - but also the safety of our marshals and the public, with considerable planning being undertaken in association with the relevant local authorities and NZ Police.

It is important that you read the following Safety message in conjunction with your Waiver and Declaration and adhere to each of the safety guidelines of the event:

  • The course that you will run along consists of public roads.
  • These roads are not closed to vehicular traffic. Please treat all roads as OPEN to all traffic at all times.
  • Where possible a coned lane has been provided for you to run in.
  • At all times you must remain within the coned lane.
  • Participants that persist in running outside the coned lane will be removed from the event for their own safety and the safety of the public.
  • Please be aware of vehicles exiting from driveways, business addresses and side streets along the course.
  • At main intersections or changes in the course a marshal, and where necessary, a Police Officer will be stationed.
  • If you are instructed to stop anywhere along the course by either a marshal or a Police Officer to allow traffic to cross the course you must obey this request.
  • When crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge you must at all times remain in the left hand southbound (outside) lane.
  • If you have a medical condition that may require attention please ensure you have your doctor's clearance before entering this event.
  • Please complete the section on the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions, and importantly, a contact name and phone number (someone other than yourself that will be contactable on the day) in case of emergency.
  • Support Stations are located at approximately 4 km to 5 km intervals and these have hydration refreshments, portaloos and minor first aid support.
  • At all times please obey the instructions of marshals and Police Officers and beware of vehicular traffic.
  • Any participant who fails to obey the instructions of either a marshal or the Police will be removed from the event.
  • Please obey all traffic laws and regulations at all times.

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Public Roads

The event is run on public roads and while we have permission to close all or parts of those roads, there are certain time restrictions after which participants will be required to continue the event on the footpath or, for safety reasons, they will be removed from the course.

The following time restrictions will apply for the 2014 event:

  • 7.35am King Edward Parade through to Lake Road
  • 7.55am Lake Road and Bracken Ave
  • 8.05am Anzac Road and Taharoto Road
  • 8.10am Smales Farm Bus Station
  • 10.50am Curran Street, Sarsfield Street, Westhaven Drive, and the Tank Farm area
  • 11.20am Halsey Street, the Viaduct Harbour Drive, Custom Street West, Quay Street, Tamaki Drive.
  • 1.00pm Any runner/walkers remaining on the course will be removed.

Please Note from 1:00pm the finish line and finish gantry will be disassembled and therefore finish times and results will not be recorded.

For 2014 Road Closures please click here

For your safety
, if you are advised by an Event Official, Marshal or a member of the Police, please immediately move onto the footpath to continue the event. Any participant who continues to run on the road after being requested to move onto the footpath will be removed from the event. Participants should not assume a road is closed and should always run on the footpath unless it is obvious that it is safe to do otherwise.

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Race Rules

The event will be conducted in accordance with the rules of Athletics New Zealand.

http://www.athletics.org.nz/About-Us/Constitution-Regulations

The following minimum age restrictions are in place:

  • Age 7 - KIDS MARATHON
  • Age 10 - Heart Foundation 5km Challenge Walk
  • Age 13 - Heart Foundation 5km Challenge Run
  • Age 14 - Quarter Marathon
  • Age 16 - Half Marathon
  • Age 18 - Marathon

Note: All entrants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the event (except for KIDS MARATHON) and the accompanying adult takes full responsibility for the safety of the entrant under 16.

All participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This refers to participants of age or above the restricted age per event but under 16 (except for the KIDS MARATHON) e.g. 10 year olds – 15 year olds in the 5km walk, 13 year olds – 15 year olds in the 5km run, etc.

The age of the entrant will be that person's age on race day.

For the Marathon, Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon, participants attempting to join the course at any point along the route other than behind the start line will be prevented from continuing over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Video cameras will be used and cheat checks along the course will be conducted. Anyone without an official race number that is clearly visible and timing chip will be prevented from continuing over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

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Race Etiquette

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all participants, competitors should be mindful of race etiquette:

  • The use of iPod/mp3 players is discouraged.
  • Position yourself within the start field relative to your ability and your goal time so that faster participants start closer to the start line than you and are not impeded.
  • Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right.
  • Do not stop or change directions suddenly.
  • Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times.
  • Always follow the directions of all race officials, NZ Police and emergency service personnel.

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Wheelchairs, Cycles, Roller Blades, Prams/Buggies, Skate-Boards, Walking Sticks

After careful consideration and in consultation with local authorities, due to considerable safety and logistical concerns on the course, all forms of wheeled conveyance including but not limited to wheelchairs, cycles, roller blades, prams/buggies, skate-boards etc are not permitted to enter or participate in the event. For safety reasons alpine walking sticks or other forms of walking sticks are also not permitted on the course.

  • Click here for the Paralympics NZ endorsement letter (PDF, 231Kb)

Single baby buggies only (not double or triple) will be allowed in the 5km Walk (not Run) Event ONLY. The occupant of the baby buggy cannot walk in the event and will not be charged an entry fee.

Note: Additionally, no dogs/pets/animals or non-registered persons will be allowed to accompany participants in the event.

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Walkers

  • The Auckland Marathon is primarily a competitive running event.
  • Walking is not an official "Event" category of the Auckland Marathon carrying any competitive status or results and is not part of any other sub-event within the Auckland Marathon such as a national or area championship so is not scrutinized. The Auckland Marathon is not a competitive walk event and will not be scrutinized as a walk event. Walkers are numbered differently solely for start purposes only.
  • The Auckland Marathon entry form (online and download) requires participants to nominate their chosen event and whether they will run or walk in the Marathon or Half Marathon events.
  • Walkers and runners are allocated different bib colours and numbering systems solely for starting purposes only. As a fundamental safety measure for both walkers and runners, participants entered as walkers must start behind the runners to ensure as smooth a flow as possible through the starting line and the early stages of the event.
  • There is no competition, prize category or separate results for walkers and therefore walkers are not scrutinized in any of the Auckland Marathon events.
  • Walkers who choose to run at times during their chosen event on the day (and vice versa) are not penalised.
  • No discussion or correspondence regarding any points outlined above will be entered into by the Event Organisers.
  • For safety reasons a separate start area has been established for walkers behind the runners and this will be accessible to only those with the correct coloured race number. Please utilise the separate walkers start area.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of all participants - walkers are asked to keep the 'running' lane open as far as practicable to allow runners to pass unimpeded - do not walk in a group that spans the full 'running' lane. Ideally walkers should not walk more than 2 abreast in narrower areas of the course and always remain aware of any runners approaching from behind and allow them clear access through.
  • For safety reasons alpine walking sticks or other forms of walking sticks are also not permitted on the course.
Walkers time splits at key Support Stations

Half Marathon Walkers wishing to ensure they make the Bridge by cut-off time should have cleared the following support stations by the following times:

  • Winscombe St Support Station (4km) - 07.27am
  • Taharoto Rd Support Station (8.3km) - 08.07am
  • Smales Farm Bus Station (9km) - 08.15am

Marathon Walkers wishing to ensure they the make the finish line by course closure time should have cleared the following support stations by the following times:

  • Mission Bay Support Station (33km) - 11.20am
  • Okahu Bay Support Station (36km) - 11.50am
  • Britomart Support Station (38km) - 12.09pm

Quarter Marathon participants wishing to ensure they the make the Bridge by cut-off time should have cleared the following point by the following time:

  • Onewa Road Southbound on-ramp (2km) - 9.25am
  • PLEASE NOTE: late starters will not be permitted after the 9:05am start time
Harbour Bridge:

It is a requirement that the Auckland Harbour Bridge be fully open for traffic from 10:30am. This means that participants reaching the 9km mark at Smales Farm Bus Station after 8:15am will not be permitted to continue along the busway. Transport will be available at this point for those not making this cut-off time to transport them at 8.20am to Akoranga Bus Station or 8.35am to the Onewa Rd on-ramp by 8.40am where they will disembark to continue the event across the Harbour Bridge.

Any participant still on the Auckland Harbour Bridge at 9:50am will be transported across the bridge to Sarsfield Street to continue the event.

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Race Numbers

A different coloured race number will be provided at Registration for entrants in each event for ease of identification. The Race Number must be worn on the front of your singlet/shirt and be visible at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification or you being removed from the course during the event.

Please complete the section on the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and importantly a contact name and phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency.

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Timing System

Event Director provides timing services for the Auckland Marathon event and are contracted to deliver and manage the timing and final results for the Event Organisers.

This timing system has many advantages for all participants, including:

  • Fast and accurate results at the event.
  • Net times; the timing chip will register individual start times, even when participants are at the back of the pack.
  • Provisional results are based on gun time and will be posted at the finish venue on race day.
  • Results published to the web site for you, your family and friends.

To read the Auckland Marathon timing policy please click here.

All participants will be issued with an IPICO timing chip when you pick up your Race Number at Registration. You will need to take responsibility for your timing chip. There will be facilities (Chip Check) available at race registration to check the timing chip is working and confirm that critical database details are correct.

Note: The KIDS MARATHON event Tie it to your shoe laceswill be timed therefore KIDS MARATHON participants will receive a timing chip with their race packs.

On Race Day, the timing chip must be tied to your shoe laces (as shown below) before you start and be worn on your shoe throughout the race and over the finish line. There will be timing mats at the start line for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, Heart Foundation 5km Challenge and KIDS MARATHON and at the finish line so that when you finish, the race timing software will calculate your net time for your event. Please ensure you run over all timing mats and not alongside them.

Note: When you finish the race you must remove the timing chip from your shoe and place it in the collection bags at the end of the finish chute. It is your responsibility to return the timing chip via the collection bags in the finish chute before leaving the finish area. All non-returned timing chips will be charged to you at $25.00 incl GST each.

If you do not finish the event, please ensure you return the timing chip to the Timing Chip Collection officials at the end of the finish chute or mail it back to us at Timing Sports - Tag Return, P O Box 301431, Albany 0752, Auckland.

PLEASE NOTE: All non-returned timing chips will be charged to you at $25.00 incl GST each.

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Start and Finish (proposed for 2014)

06:00 06:50 09:05 10:00 11:00
Marathon
King Edward Parade, Devonport
Half Marathon
King Edward Parade, Devonport
Quarter
Marathon
Akoranga Station
5km Challenge
Sarsfield St, Auckland City
Kids Marathon
Beaumont St, Auckland City
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the responsibility of the participant to know the correct start time for their chosen event.

Marathon (start time 6.00am)

Subject to the event contingency plans and the event conditions the Marathon will start in King Edward Parade, Devonport, North Shore City.

There will be a reserved area at the front of the Start Chute for elite athletes. All other participants will be required to assemble behind this area in predicted finish time order at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Walkers have a separate start assembly area at the end of King Edward Parade behind the runners’ assembly area. If you are a walker please do not assemble in the runners’ area or anywhere near the front of the field.

The main start area will be divided into two sections located one in front of the other. In the front section will be elite athletes. Behind this will be all runners entered in the Marathon. Behind the second section will be walkers entered in either the Marathon. Access to each section will be by the colour of your Race Number. The start section system is designed to aid in the safe flow of participants across the start line and will assist in ensuring that all participants have the best opportunity of reaching the Auckland Harbour Bridge prior to the cut-off time of 9.00am.

Half Marathon (start time 6.50am)

Subject to the event contingency plans and the event conditions the Half Marathon will start in King Edward Parade, Devonport, North Shore City.

There will be a reserved area at the front of the Start Chute for elite athletes. All other participants will be required to assemble behind this area in predicted finish time order at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Walkers have a separate start assembly area at the end of King Edward Parade behind the runners' assembly area. If you are a walker please do not assemble in the runners' area or anywhere near the front of the field.

The main start area will be divided into two sections located one in front of the other. In the front section will be elite athletes, and then behind, all runners entered in the Half Marathon. Behind the second section will be walkers entered in the Half Marathon. Access to each section will be by the colour of your Race Number. The start section system is designed to aid in the safe flow of participants across the start line and will assist in ensuring that all participants have the best opportunity of reaching the Auckland Harbour Bridge prior to the cut-off time of 9:00am.

Quarter Marathon (start time 9.05am)

The start of the Quarter Marathon is at Akoranga Bus Station on the Northern Busway.

No public transport (bus or train) into downtown Auckland City exists before 7.00am on Sunday 2 November. Private car is the only option to get to the Quarter Marathon start if you live in Central, Eastern, Western or Southern parts of Auckland.

 Heart Foundation 5km Challenge (start time 10.00am)

The Heart Foundation 5km Challenge start is approximately 6km by bus from the Finish Line. The start is in Sarsfield St (Pt Erin Pools end) at 10:00am Sunday 2 November. Free buses will transport walkers from Victoria Park to an assembly area around Point Erin Park prior to the start. The buses will depart from Victoria St side of Victoria Park from 8:20am with the last bus departing no later than 9:20am (see Course Info & Maps). You do not need a ticket for this service.

KIDS MARATHON (Start Time 11.00am)

The start of the KIDS MARATHON is on Beaumont St, between Madden and Jellicoe Streets, Auckland City at 11.00am. The pre-race assembly meeting point is on Beaumont Streets, between Jellicoe and Madden St, at 10.30am.

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Getting to the Start

Marathon/Half Marathon

Due to traffic congestion on the North Shore from participants accessing the start line in Devonport, we strongly recommend that you consider utilising the pre-race services of the Ferry or Bus to get to the Marathon and Half Marathon start. Should you choose to use your own vehicle to get to the start, please allow plenty of time, and remember there is minimal public parking for participants in Devonport. There are also 2 Birkenhead/Bayswater/Devonport ferry services available (see schedule below).

Ferry Transport to the Start

Fullers Ferries will be available to take participants from the Downtown Ferry Building on Quay Street to the start at Devonport. This is a pre-race chartered service and the first ferries will leave at 4:20am. Fullers Ferries will also be available from Birkenhead and Bayswater to the start at Devonport. The pre-race charter service from Birkenhead will leave at 5.00am and from Bayswater at 5.15am. Participants can purchase Ferry Tickets for $8.00 each when completing their online/paper entry form.

QUARTER MARATHON TRANSPORT & PARKING

Auckland Transport has confirmed that public buses are timetabled to travel every 15 minutes (from 7:30am) from  Britomart to Akoranga Bus Station (Quarter Marathon start area) on Sunday 2 November 2014.

The MAXX timetable is below for the 7045 Northern Express that leaves from outside Britomart (Downtown Centre side of road) every 15 minutes from 7:30am on Sunday 2 November 2014 and heads to Akoranga Bus Station. There is a temporary bus stop on ASB Auckland Marathon day at Fred Thomas Drive which is a short walk to the bus station where Quarter Marathon starts as the Station closed for the event.

https://at.govt.nz/media/340450/northern-express_may-2011-web.pdf

AUT Akoranga campus will have all-day car parking (payment required) for those wanting to use their private cars which is a short walk across motorway airbridge to Quarter Marathon start area.

Important details regarding pre-race ferry sailings:
  • Due to these ferry sailings being a chartered service and the need to ensure boarding is as efficient as possible, a different ticket system (wristband) is used for these sailings.
  • Because of this and the pressure to process approx 7,000 people onto the ferries in a limited time NO OTHER FULLERS ISSUED TICKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THESE SAILINGS. Please purchase your unique charter ticket (wristband) when entering the event.
  • Ferry ticket wristbands MUST be purchased when completing your online entry/paper entry form.
  • Tickets are limited to 7,000 passengers travelling from Auckland City across to Devonport and will be sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Wristband tickets are only valid for the event day pre-race sailings. You cannot use your wristband to return to Devonport after the event. You will need to purchase a standard Fullers ticket for this purpose.
  • Supporters tickets (there and back) are also available for purchase online or by paper entry as well (see below).
  • Wristbands and supporter's tickets will only be available for purchase at the Registration & Expo if they have not sold out prior.
  • Ferry and Bus tickets purchased are non-refundable and non-transferable so please choose carefully.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that your unique charter ticket (wristband) cannot be used on standard Fullers Ferry services. It is only valid for the event day pre-race sailings to get participants and their support to Devonport. You cannot return to Devonport or Birkenhead/Bayswater with this wristband ticket after the event, you will need to purchase a standard Fullers ticket from Fullers for this purpose.

Supporters Tickets

Participants can purchase Supporters Tickets for $16.00 each when completing their online/paper entry form. The supporter receives a wrist band to take them on the pre-race sailing from Auckland City (or Birkenhead/Bayswater) to Devonport, and a standard ticket for each supporter to return back to Auckland City (not to Birkenhead/Bayswater) after the start.

The return ferry will leave either on a 7.00am (sharp) chartered sailing after the Marathon start back to Auckland City or on the first sailing of the standard Fullers service at 7.30am.

Auckland Marathon Ferry Schedule 2014
(Proposed Schedule)

Fullers has based this year's schedule around being able to move approx 7,000 participants to Devonport by 6:45am and has released the following schedule. Note: the actual departure time may vary from the following.

Depart AKL

Vessel

04:20 Superflyte
04:30 Starflyte
04:35 Quickcat
05:00 Kea
05:00 Superflyte
05:05 Starflyte
05:20 Tirikat
05:20 Quickcat
05:35 Kea
05:35 Starflyte
05:45 Superflyte
05:50 Tirikat
05:55 Starflyte
06:05 Quickcat
06:10 Kea
06:10 Starflyte
06:25 Seaflyte

 

Additional Service (Proposed Schedule)

 

 

Depart Birkenhead | Vessel

05:00
Starflyte (Marathon participants must take this Birkenhead sailing to arrive in time)
05:40
Starflyte
 

 

Additional Service (Proposed Schedule)

 

 

Depart Bayswater | Vessel

05:15
Starflyte (Marathon participants must take this Birkenhead sailing to arrive in time)
05:55
Starflyte
 

 

Note: You cannot book a particular ferry sailing time - you just need to turn up to the ferry sailing of your choice outlined above. Note that it is important to arrive as early as possible to 5:00am or before (Marathon participants please see important note below for your suggested sailings) if you are planning to travel by ferry. Ferries will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We strongly advise all Marathon participants to take the earliest ferries prior to 5.00am (or take the 5.00am Birkenhead sailing) to ensure you arrive for your start time of 6.00am. We strongly advise all Half Marathon participants to take sailings prior to 6am to ensure you arrive for your start time of 6.50am. It is your responsibility to arrive at the start with plenty of time to prepare for your event.

For those participants wishing to park near the start in Devonport, ferries will be available to take you back after the event from the ferry terminal. To utilize this post event Fullers service you will need to purchase a standard Fullers ferry ticket directly from Fullers.

Bus Transport 2014
(Supplied by Ritchies Buses)

Ritchies has established a bus service for the North Shore to the Marathon and Half Marathon start utilising the 'Park and Ride' facilities at Albany and Constellation Drive, and at a designated point in Takapuna.

Ticket costs and departure locations are detailed below. Tickets MUST be purchased when completing your online entry/paper entry form.

 

Albany to Devonport

Constellation to Devonport

Takapuna to Devonport

$10.00 one way
$15.00 return
$9.00 one way
$13.00 return
$8.00 one way
$11.00 return*
 
 
 
*Takapuna Return trip returns to Akoranga & Smales Farm Stations. Transfer is then required to Takapuna Shops (no charge).
 
 

Bus Departures (Proposed times only)

Albany Park
& Ride

Constellation Park & Ride

Takapuna

04:50 04:55 05:05
05:05 05:10 05:20
05:20 05:25 05:30
05:35 05:40 05:45


You cannot book a particular bus departure time - you just need to turn up to one of the departure locations outlined below. Buses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We strongly advise all Marathon participants take the earliest buses i.e. 4.50am Albany, 4.55am Constellation, 5.05am Takapuna, to ensure you arrive for your earlier start time of 6.00am. It is your responsibility to arrive at the start with plenty of time to prepare for your event.

From Victoria Park back to Bus Stations:

Bus departures back to Albany and Constellation Park & Ride Stations will depart with a 15 minute frequency on the Northern Express from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Buses departing Britomart 8.00, 8.15, 8.30 etc should take approximately 2-3 minutes to arrive at the bus stop outside Victoria Park Market on Victoria Street.

Quarter Marathon

Rail and Bus Transport to Downtown Auckland City

No public transport (bus or train) into downtown Auckland City exists before 7.00am on Sunday 2 November. Private car is the only option to get to the Quarter Marathon start if you live in Central, Eastern, Western or Southern parts of Auckland.

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Pace Team Leaders

There will be Pace Team Leaders for participants wanting to run a specific time.

Each Pace Team Leader will be wearing a helium balloon and a Pace time on the back of their t-shirts. There will be one person running as a Pace Team Leader targeting the following Pace Times:

Marathon – start time 6:00am
3:00
3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00
4:15
4:30

Half Marathon – start time 6:50am
1:30
1:40
1:50
2:00

Please note Pace times depend on Pace Team Leader availability.

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Support Stations

There are 7 Support Stations, including the one at the Start for the Half Marathon and at the finish and 13 for the Marathon. Each Support Station will include a minimum of water, Portaloos and minor first aid support.

Powerade Isotonic will be available at all of the Auckland Marathon drinks stations (other than the start line). The formulation will be made using the Lemon Lime powder which can generally be purchased at supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

2014 Course Details

The street locations of the Support Stations are as follows:

Marathon / Half Marathon
  1. Marathon & Half Marathon Start venue – Devonport (water only)
  2. 4km Winscombe St (will also include Powerade)
  3. 8km Taharoto Rd (will also include Powerade)
  4. 11km Akoranga Bus Station, Northcote (will also include Powerade)
  5. 16km Curran Street (will also include Powerade)
  6. 19km Hamer Street (will also include Powerade)
  7. 22km Quay Street between Tinley Street & Plumey Streets (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  8. 26km Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  9. 29km Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  10. 32km Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  11. 35km Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  12. 39km Quay Street between Tinley Street & Plumer Streets (will also include Powerade, Coke)
  13. Finish Venue, Victoria Park, Auckland City. (Powerade, Bananas)

Please visit Course Info & Maps for 2014 course maps

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Personal Refreshments

Personal refreshments will be the responsibility of each individual participant. The organisers will provide a vehicle to deliver these drinks to the Support Stations on Event Day. Each Personal refreshment (Marathon runners will need to supply 11, Half Marathon Runners 5) must be generic and cannot be specific to an individual Support Station, as the organisers cannot guarantee that these will be delivered in the correct order. All Personal refreshments must be clearly labelled and delivered to Race Headquarters, Registration & Expo, 161 Halsey Street, Auckland (Viaduct Event Centre) City prior to 5:00pm Saturday 1 November.

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Spectator Access to Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a grassed reserve located in the heart of Auckland City adjacent to the Southern Motorway. Parking is available at various Downtown car parks or surrounding Streets. Live bands, children’s activities, entertainment, merchandise, food and refreshments will be available at the venue. Spectators can line the footpath along Fanshawe Street to watch finishers complete the final 200m to the finish line.

Road closure and parking restriction information will be available from the Course Info and Maps page in October.

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Finish Procedure

After crossing the finish line, participants will proceed through the finish area. St John First Aid support is on hand if required. A final support station is positioned within this area and will have water, Powerade and bananas available.

All participants will be required to return their timing chip to race officials before exiting the finish chute. Marathon finishers will then receive their exclusive finisher's medal. Participants can then exit this secure finish area. Public, family and friends will be excluded from within this secure finish area.

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Photographs

Photographs of all finishers will be taken within 100m of the finish line. Samples of these photos will be available with your result listing shortly after the race for your inspection prior to purchase. You can also purchase your photos online from www.marathon-photos.com.

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Gear Bags

Marathon/Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon

At Race Headquarters, you will be supplied with a Race Pack Gear Bag and bag tag (please ensure your bag tag is marked with your race number and name with a pen). This bag is for you to leave any surplus gear that you have at the Devonport start in the gear trucks. This will then be transported to the finish for collection, once you have completed your event. Only this gear bag will be accepted for storage.

Gear Trucks will be provided by Courier Post for Marathon, Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon participants, to leave excess clothing in the allocated gear bag, at the start. Please place your gear bag in the Cage with the number range that corresponds to your Race Number. All clothing is to be placed in the Gear Bag provided at Registration (NOT A SPORTS BAG) and clearly marked with your Race Number and name on the bag tag. All gear bags can be collected from the Gear Trucks located by the Motorway Flyover at the finish venue, Victoria Park.

Important: Any gear placed in a bag other than the Gear Bag provided will not be accepted, and will be the responsibility of the participant to get to the finish.

Heart Foundation 5km Challenge & KIDS MARATHON

A Gear Bag facility is provided for the Heart Foundation 5km Challenge & KIDS MARATHON at the Northern End of Victoria Park next to the Victoria Park flyover bridge. You can leave your gear bag there prior to your race (please ensure your bag tag is marked with your race number and name with a pen).

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Cut-Off Times

The following time restrictions are in place for the Marathon & Half Marathon events as outlined below:

Harbour Bridge:

It is a requirement that the Auckland Harbour Bridge be fully open for traffic from 10:30am. This means that participants reaching the 9km mark at Smales Farm Bus Station after 8:15am will not be permitted to continue along the busway. Transport will be available at this point for those not making this cut-off time to transport them at 8.30am to Akoranga Bus Station or 8.40am to the Onewa Rd on-ramp by 8.45am where they will disembark to continue the event across the Harbour Bridge.

Quarter Marathon participants wishing to ensure they the make the Bridge by cut-off time should have cleared the following point by the following time:
  • Onewa Road Southbound on-ramp (2km) - 9.25am

Any participant still on the Auckland Harbour Bridge at 9:50am will be transported across the bridge to Sarsfield Street to continue the event.

Marathon:

Due to the expected congestion in down-town Auckland a finish cut-off time of 1:00pm is imposed. Those still on the course at 1:00pm will be removed from the course and transported to the finish. All First Aid support and Support Stations will progressively close along the course until 1:00pm.

Please Note from 1pm the finish line and finish gantry will be disassembled and therefore finish times and results will not be recorded.

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Toilets

Please note: Toilet facilities at the Marathon/Half Marathon Start will be the same as last year. Urinals for men will be available at the Marathon and Half Marathon Start to assist with waiting times. The organisers ask that all men utilise these multi-urinal units where at all possible.

Toilets are also available for use on board the ferries between Auckland City and Devonport.

Toilets will be provided for participants at the following locations:
  • Marathon / Half Marathon Start, Windsor Park, Devonport
  • Quarter Marathon Start
  • KIDS MARATHON start area
  • Finish, Victoria Park
  • Each Support Station

No additional facilities will be provided along the route by the Organisers. There are several public facilities located along the route.

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Medical

The Order of St John ambulances will be located at regular points along the route and each Support Station will provide minor first aid if required. A full medical clinic will be at the finish. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 111 from the nearest phone and the closest ambulance will be sent to your aid.

If you have a medical condition that could cause you difficulties during or after the race, please first get clearance from your doctor to participate in your event before entering.

Note: Please remember to complete the section on the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and importantly a contact name and phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency

For your safety, it is advised that you do not participate in the event if you have had a fever or cold in the past week, or have a hangover, as these can contribute towards heat exhaustion, dehydration, or life threatening heatstroke.

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Corporate Tents

Victoria Park is the location of our Finish Venue and Corporate Village. Teams have the opportunity to create your own team 'lounge' within the Village and enjoy the entertainment on stage throughout the day. Opt to erect your own marquee or take advantage of the Site & Marquee options we have available.

Please email teri@aucklandmarathon.co.nz for further information about corporate sites and to register your interest.

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Finishers

All Marathon event finishers will receive a medal with a neck ribbon at the finish.

KIDS MARATHON event finishers will also receive a KIDS MARATHON medal with neck ribbon.

If you wish to receive a printed A4 card certificate by mail, an additional $7.50 fee is payable with your entry fee.

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Results

The Auckland Marathon is run according to International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules:

  1. Results and prize allocation are awarded based on the participant's gun time.
  2. Net time is for the participant's personal use only.
  3. The majority of major Marathon events around the world, including the Auckland Marathon, use gun time over net time for results placings. For further reading on this topic please visit http://www.iaaf.org/LRR08/news/newsid=48031.html

Provisional results will be printed and posted from 12.00am at the finish venue during the day. Results will be posted to the www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz web site by 7:00pm Sunday 2 November 2014. The published final official  Auckland Marathon results are deemed final by the Event Organisers. For the first few days immediately following the event preliminary results are published and are subject to change pending the final allocation of results.

All participants are required to sign the event waiver and release upon entering. Participants acknowledge that the Event Organisers have the absolute right and discretion in the allocation of all results, as well as in the award of any prizes, prize money, prize money jackpot or third party prize or award. Participants must abide fully and without dispute with all such decisions of the Event Organisers.

No discussion or correspondence regarding any results, prizes and prize money will be entered into by the Event Organisers.

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Text Message Service with your finish time

You can now purchase a text message service when you enter your event (International numbers can also be used with correct country code e.g. +61412677123). You can select up to five mobile phone numbers at $2.00 each incl GST that will receive a text message with your name, event, gun time & net time when you cross the finish line. You MUST purchase the text message service when completing your online/paper entry form. Please ensure you enter the phone numbers correctly.

The text message service is provided by an external third party provider who advises that despite continued efforts to provide a quality service, like many forms of technology (and providers of), for example emails and text messages, there is a very small possibility of failure, especially when they are delivered via the internet. Participants need to be aware of and understand this limitation when purchasing the text message service with their entry.

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Certificates

Finishers will be able to download their own online certificate after 9:00pm Sunday 2 November 2014 at no cost.

If you wish to receive a printed A4 card certificate by mail, an additional $7.50 fee is payable with your entry fee. The certificate will be posted within 3 weeks of the event in a standard A4 envelope. Please note that any damage to the certificate caused by the postal service is not the responsibility of the Event Organisers.

NB: Please ensure you spell your address details correctly when entering otherwise you run the risk of not receiving your certificate.

NB: If you change your address at any stage before the event, please email registration@aucklandmarathon.co.nz so that we can update your entry details and ensure your certificate is posted to the correct address after the event.

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Prize Giving

Prize giving will be held at Victoria Park as follows:

Merit Prizes
  • Half Marathon 1st, 2nd & 3rd - 12:00am to 12.10pm
  • Marathon 1st, 2nd & 3rd - 12:10am to 12.25pm

The age group merit prize list and all age group merit prizes will be available from the Information & Prize tent in Victoria Park from 12.00am onwards. If not collected on event day, merit prizes can be collected from the Auckland Marathon office within 3 weeks of the event. Prizes not collected by that time will be deemed forfeited by the winner. To claim your merit prize you must present your valid race number.

 

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Contingency Plan - Bridge Closure

In the event that the Auckland Harbour Bridge is closed for the running of the Auckland Marathon or Half Marathon or some other unforeseen event or matter requires a change to the course or event, or the cancellation or cessation (i.e. stopping) of the event, the Race Organising Committee will adopt the following procedures to provide an alternative course, where possible, for the event, or, alternatively upon cancellation or cessation, assist participants to be returned to Victoria Park.

The trigger for implementing one of the two contingency plans will be:

  1. The Race Director being advised by the relevant authorities that the weather conditions or some other factor or matter makes it unsafe for runners to cross the Harbour Bridge. This decision will be made around 4:00am on Event Day. In the event of this scenario then the Contingency course will be implemented
  2. Events or circumstances that lead to the closure of the bridge to participants after 5:00am on Event Day or some other event or matter that closes all or part of the course. In the event of this scenario it will necessitate the cancellation or cessation of the marathon and half marathon events
Contingency Plan 1: Bridge Closure before 5.00am - alternative course
  1. Fuller's Ferries notified that they are not to transport participants from Auckland to Devonport
  2. Participants waiting at the ferries to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  3. Ritchies Buses will be advised to transport all runners to Victoria Park
  4. Participants waiting at the start and arriving at the start to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  5. Radio stations notified to broadcast prepared announcement regarding the move to the contingency course. Stations to tune in to are:
    • More FM - 91.8FM
    • Radio Live - 100.6FM
    • The Edge - 94.2FM
    • Solid Gold - 93.8FM
    • Kiwi - 102.2FM
    • NewsTalkZB - 89.4FM
  6. An 'All Participants' briefing to be held at Victoria Park at 6.00am and again at 6.30am
  7. At 6.30am the Course Director will confirm with the TMP providers and Police that the contingency course is fully implemented
  8. The Race Director will, on confirmation that the course is ready, confirm start times for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, and Heart Foundation 5km Challenge events
The Contingency Course

The contingency course will, more or less, follow the planned second half of the Marathon course with the exception of the following changes:

  • The Start for all events will be on Gaunt Street between Halsey and Beaumont Streets.
  • The Start will be broken into 3 waves, the Quarter Marathon event, the 5km Challenge event and all other events. The 5km Challenge event start will be as originally scheduled (9.45am). The first wave will start no later than 7.00am and be for all half and full marathon participants. The Quarter Marathon event will start approximately 15min later.
  • The Marathon event will follow the second half of the original Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to a turn point on Customs St West then head back out to St Heliers before returning to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
  • The Half Marathon event will follow the Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
  • There is no change to the Quarter Marathon event.
  • The Heart Foundation 5km Challenge event will also follow the water front course to a turn at around Tinley Street.

Note: The fact that all events are on the same course will require marshals to ensure that the slower participants do not unreasonably impede the faster runners that will invariably be coming through. Slower participants should obey marshals instructions at all times.

Contingency Plan 2: Notice of Bridge Closure or other event after 5.00am - Partial Cancellation of event
  1. Notify Fuller's ferries:
    • To Stop further sailing (if early enough) or;
    • That ferries may be required to transport participants from Devonport to Auckland and/or, possibly, Fisherman's Wharf to Auckland
  2. Participants waiting at the ferries to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  3. Ritchies buses will be advised to transport all runners to Victoria Park
  4. Participants waiting at the start and to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  5. Notify radio stations to broadcast prepared announcement regarding the move to the contingency course. The stations to tune in to are:
    • More FM - 91.8FM
    • The Breeze - 93.4FM
    • Radio Live - 100.6FM
    • The Edge - 94.2FM
    • Solid Gold - 93.8FM
    • Kiwi - 102.2FM
    • NewsTalkZB - 89.4FM
  6. Smales Farm Bus Station course personnel advised to hold all runners in the adjacent Business park pending announcement from Race Director (if closure occurs after scheduled start of the Event)
  7. A 'Participants' briefing to be held at Smales Farm Business Park at 7.30am and again at 8.30am (if closure occurs after scheduled start of the Event), or at Victoria Park if closure occurs before scheduled start of the Event
  8. In the event of Bridge closure only, the Quarter Marathon and Heart Foundation 5km Challenge events will start on schedule

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