ASB Auckland Marathon

ASB AUCKLAND MARATHON

  • DATE

    30 October 2016
  • START TIME

    6.00am
  • START LINE

    King Edward Parade, Devonport
  • DISTANCE

    42.195k
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The ASB Auckland Marathon course runs from Devonport on Auckland's North Shore, through Takapuna to the Smales Farm Bus Station where it joins the Busway southbound to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. After crossing the Bridge, the course takes in Westhaven Marina, the Viaduct Harbour (the halfway mark), before heading out along Auckland City's waterfront. This section of the course is an out and back, with the turn point being in St Helier's Bay. The return leg follows the same course back to the Viaduct Harbour for a finish at Victoria Park.
The first half of the course is best described as "rolling" while the second half, other than two small road bridges, is flat.

Click here for the Information Guide for the ASB Auckland Marathon with all your Registration and Race Day Information.

PLEASE NOTE - THE BUSWAY AND MOTORWAY SECTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO RUNNERS ON RACE DAY.  IT IS ILLEGAL TO BE ON THESE SECTIONS OF THE COURSE AT ANY OTHER TIME.

 

COURSE INFORMATION

  • Course Description

The start is on King Edward Parade in Devonport, overlooking the Waitemata Harbour and the second half of the course on the far shore.

  • From the start there is a short run to the first turn at Church Street. Turning left into Church Street the course begins to climb before veering right into Vauxhall Road.
  • The course undulates along Vauxhall Road, dipping slightly at Tainui Road, before climbing to a high point outside the Naval Base at North Head.
  • The course then descends to Narrow Neck Beach.
  • Vauxhall Road turns into Old Lake Road as the course climbs out of Narrow Neck Beach.
  • Turning right into Hamana Street, the course continues to climb briefly before leveling out and continuing into Seacliffe Avenue.
  • A hard left into Winscombe Street and the course begins to descend to Lake Road past the first support station (approx 4k mark) in the bus stop above the Belmont School playing fields.
  • The right hand turn into Lake Road marks a change from a full road closure to a coned running lane to the right of the roadway.
  • Lake Road continues to dip before climbing and leveling out around Clifton Road.
  • From Hauraki Corner (cnr Hauraki, Jutland, and Lake Roads) Lake Road gradually descends to North Shore City.
  • The course turns left into Bracken Road and then right into Burns Avenue and undulates along behind the fringes of North Shore City.
  • A slight climb and a left turn brings the course onto Anzac Avenue. It is, more or less, a flat run along Anzac Avenue and Taharoto Road past the second support  station (approx 8k) before turning left into the Smales Farm bus station on  the Shakespeare Road extension which is also the start of the 12k Traverse.
  • The course then joins the Busway southbound all the way through to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, taking in the Akoranga bus station which incorporates the 11k support station.
  • The course continues past the Onewa Rd southbound on-ramp, onto the approach to the Bridge, and takes the left-hand outside southbound (city-side) lane up and over the Bridge. The bridge is officially 1,021 metres long and, from the approach, is a climb of 33 metres to the crest (43 metres from sea-level).
  • At the southern end of the Bridge, the course takes the Shelly Beach Road off-ramp before turning right onto Sarsfield Street.
  • This turn marks the Start of the 5k Challenge. From the turn into Sarsfield Street at just over 16k, the course heads along Sarsfield Street before turning right onto Curran Street and descending past the next support station, to Westhaven Drive for a flat run along the Westhaven Marina.
  • From Westhaven, the course turns left into Beaumont Street, onto Hamer Street where another support station is situated, around the Tank Farm into Brigham Street.
  • From Brigham Street, the course turns left into Jellicoe St then right into Halsey Street. While the half marathoners continue onto Fanshawe Street for their finish, the Marathon course turns left into Viaduct Harbour Avenue.
  • The Marathon follows Viaduct Harbour Avenue through to and turns left onto Custom Street West.
  • From Custom Street, the course turns left into Lower Hobson before turning right into Quay Street and beginning the run out along Auckland's waterfront.
  • This half of the course is more or less flat. The only two small 'hills' in this section are a rail over-bridge at the intersection of Quay, The Strand, and Tamaki Drive, and a bridge just prior to Ngapipi Road.
  • The support stations are at Quay Street between Tinley Street & Plumer Streets (22 and 39k), Okahu Bay (26 and 35k) and Mission Bay (29 and 32k). The course follows the coned lane out to the St Heliers Bay turn, at around 31.5k.
  • From the turn, it's the same course in reverse – back along the bays to Central City, Quay Street, left into Lower Hobson, right into Custom, right into Viaduct Harbour Avenue, left into Halsey before a final turn right into Fanshawe Street for the run to the finish.

Please note: All Full Marathon participants - there will be two lanes available along Tamaki Drive. Please use the seaside lane heading out and inland lane heading back to complete the course correctly.

  • Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Auckland Harbour Bridge will remain open to traffic at the same time as participants will be crossing the bridge. Only the Eastern/left Hand "Clip-on Lanes" have been reserved for the event and will be closed to traffic. You must obey all Marshall's and/or Police instructions at all times.

Participants must at all times remain in the outside Lane. Under no circumstances are runners allowed to run in the adjoining/right hand lane. This lane will be reserved for emergency and bridge services only.

Any participant who continues to run in this right hand/Emergency Lane will be disqualified.

Due to strict conditions required to reopen the Auckland Harbour Bridge on time, all participants must be at the Smales Farm Bus Station before 8.15am. Transport will collect any participants who do not make this cut off time and transport them to the Onewa Road on-ramp to continue the event across the Harbour Bridge.

  • Start Information

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

The start area will be divided into three sections located one in front of the other. 

  • In the front section of the Start Chute there will be a reserved area for elite athletes. 
  • Behind this will be all runners entered in the ASB Auckland Marathon. Participants will be required to assemble in this area in predicted finish time order at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.
  • Behind the second section will be walkers entered in the ASB Auckland Marathon. Participants will be required to assemble in this area in predicted finish time order at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.  If you are a walker please do not assemble in the runners’ area or anywhere near the front of the field.
  • Access to each section will be by the colour of your Race Number. 
  • The start line for the ASB Auckland Marathon will close at 6.15am.
  • 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.
  • Course Cut-off Times

Due to strict conditions required to reopen the Auckland Harbour Bridge on time. Participants must reach the 9k mark at Smales Farm Bus Station before 8:15am.  Any one not making this time will not be permitted to continue aloing 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.

ASB Auckland Marathon participants 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) - 12.00pm
  • Britomart Support Station (38km) - 12:20pm

Any runners/walkers remaining on the course at 1:00pm will be removed.

  • Course Distance Markers

Kilometre marks will be provided.  These kilometre markers will be located on lamp posts approximately 2 metres off the ground along the course.

  • Measured Course

The Marathon course is measured in accordance with IAAF guidelines. In summary, the course is accurate and times can be used for example as Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games qualifiers. The Auckland Marathon is a full AIMS member.

  • Support Stations

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

The street locations of the Support Stations are as follows:

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

3:00
3:30
4:00
4:15
4:30
4:45

Please note Pace times depend on Pace Team Leader availability.

  • Course Changes

All start times and event courses are subject to change dependent on road conditions and road availability.  The start times and event courses will be confirmed in advance of the event and course description and maps will be updated with the final event course.

  • Policy on Walkers
  • The Auckland Marathon is primarily a competitive running event.
  • Walking is not an official "Event" category of the ASB Auckland Marathon carrying any competitive status and is not part of any other sub-event within the ASB Auckland Marathon such as a national or area championship so is not scrutinized. The ASB 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 ASB Auckland Marathon entry form requires participants to nominate their chosen event and whether they will run or walk in the Marathon event.
  • 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 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 assembly area has been established for walkers behind the runners. Each start assembly area 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 at all times.

Marathon Walkers wishing to ensure they the make the finish line by course closure time must have cleared the support stations by the times detailed above in the Course Cut Off Times section.

ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Gear Bags

At Race Headquarters, you will be supplied with a Race Pack Gear Bag and bag tag with your race number on it. This bag is for you to leave any surplus gear that you have at the start in Devonport. 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.   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 OR ANY OTHER BAG) and clearly marked with your numbered bag tag. Gear bags can be collected from the Gear Trucks located by the Motorway Flyover at the finish venue, Victoria Park.

  • 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.

  • 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) 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 29 October.

  • Timing System

Timing Sports provides timing services for the ASB 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.
  • Timing Chip

At registration, all participants will be issued with a disposable timing chip that will be attached to your race bib.

  • 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
  • 12k Traverse Start
  • KIDS MARATHON Start
  • 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.

  • 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.

Please Note: 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.

  • T-Shirts

All entrants in the Marathon will each receive a free ASICS event T-Shirt. T-Shirts will be distributed with your Race Pack at Registration prior to the event.

T-Shirts will be available in both men's and women's cut. The T-Shirts are designed to be a smaller fit for the technology fabric to work effectively, if you prefer a looser or longer fitting T-Shirt then select the next size up to what you would normally wear.

Please ensure you identify your correct T-Shirt size on your entry form. T-Shirt sizes cannot be swapped or changed at Registration.

  • Finishers

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

  • 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 12:00pm at the finish venue during the day. Results will be posted to the www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz web site by 7:00pm Sunday 30 October 2016. 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.

  • 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

  • Certificates

Finishers will be able to download their own online certificate after 9:00pm Sunday 30 October 2016 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 envelope.

Please note:

  • Any damage to the certificate caused by the postal service is not the responsibility of the Event Organisers.
  • Please ensure you spell your address details correctly when entering otherwise you run the risk of not receiving your certificate.
  • 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.

CONTINGENCY PLANS

  • Contingency Plans

In the event of adverse weather or any other consideration or matter causing the Auckland Harbour Bridge or any other part of the course to be closed to participants prior to 5:00am on race day, where possible an alternative course will be provided for the Marathon and Half Marathon starting and finishing at Victoria Park.

If, in the opinion of the Race organisers an alternative course cannot be implemented then the event will be cancelled and entry fees are non-refundable.

  • 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 
- The Sound - 93.8FM 
- The Rock - 90.2FM 
- Mai FM - 88.6FM
- LiveSport - 1476AM
- NewsTalkZB – 1080AM

  1. An "All Participants" briefing to be held at Victoria Park at 6:00am and again at 6:30am
  2. At 6:30am the Course Director will confirm with TMP providers and Police that the Contingency Course is fully implemented
  3. The Race Director will, on confirmation that the course is ready, confirm start times for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 12k Traverse, and 5k Challenge events if appropriate and safe to do so
  • The Contingency Course
The contingency course will, more or less, follow the planned second half of the Full Marathon course with the exception of the following changes:
 
- The start for the ASB Auckland Full Marathon and the Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon will be on Fanshawe Street. The start will be no later than 7am.  To assist the flow of runners, the assembled entrants will be strongly urged to group themselves so that elite runners are to the front and walkers are to the back. A rolling start will be needed instead of a mass start for the ASB Auckland Marathon and Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon 
 
- The start for the 12k Traverse and the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge will be under the arch on Viaduct Harbour Avenue.  The starts times will be as originally scheduled - 9am for the 12k Traverse and 10am or the Heart Foundation 5k Challenge. To assist the flow of runners, the assembled entrants will be strongly urged to group themselves so that  runners are to the front and walkers are to the back. 
 
- The start times and start location for the KIDS MARATHON will not change.
 
- The ASB Auckland Marathon event will follow the second half of the original Full Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to a turn point in Viaduct Harbour Ave then head back out to St Heliers before returning to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
 
- The Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon event will follow the ASB Auckland Marathon course out to the St Heliers turn around and return to the finish on Fanshawe Street.
 
- The 12k Traverse event will be an out and back via Quay St
 
- 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 entrants do not unreasonably impede the faster runners that will invariably be coming through. Marshals will also need to ensure runners do not stray into the return running lane.
  • 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 maybe required to transport participants from Devonport to Auckland and/or, possibly, Fisherman's Wharf to Auckland

  1. Participants waiting at the ferries to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  2. Ritchies Buses will be advised to transport all runners to Victoria Park
  3. Participants waiting at the start and to be advised to go to Victoria Park
  4. Notify radio stations to broadcast prepared announcement regarding the move to the contingency course. The stations to tune in to are:

- MoreFM - 91.8FM 
- Radio Live - 100.6FM 
- The Edge - 94.2FM 
- The Sound - 93.8FM 
- The Rock - 90.2FM
- Mai FM - 88.6FM
- LiveSport - 1476AM
- NewsTalkZB – 1080AM

  1. Smales Farm Bus Station and Akoranga Bus Station course personnel advised to hold all runners in adjacent Business park pending announcement from Race Director (if closure occurs after scheduled start of the Event)
  2. A "Participants" briefing to be held at Smales Farm Business Park or Akoranga Bus Station 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
  3. In the event of Bridge closure only, the Kids Marathon and Heart Foundation 5km Challenge events will start on schedule if appropriate and safe to do so.