This marathon course wraps around the lake edge, passing through Taupo’s lakeside communities and along its picturesque bays.
Starting and finishing at the Tongariro Domain (Great Lake Centre), the course first heads through Riverside Park and out along Acacia Bay Road, onto Wakeman Road, then a new section out to Whakamoenga Point. On the way back to town, you will go down to the Acacia Bay boat ramp and along the lake edge, back along the Acacia Bay Road straight, over the Control Gate Bridge and back through Riverside Park.
The second half takes place on the stunning (26 year strong) half marathon course, heading along Lake Terrace and the highway, all the way out to 5 Mile Bay. From there the course returns back along the lake edge pavements, 10km of amazing views of the lake and snow-covered mountains, to the Tongariro Domain to finish.
The course is as close to 42.195km as humanly possible without having the course AIMS certified. We used all of the following forms of measurement:
- GPS - using two separate devices
- Measuring wheel
- Vehicle/bike odometers
Start area - Tongariro North Domain access lane (behind tennis courts on Story Place).
Start time 7.30am - a waved start with runners first followed by walkers.
Note: 10mins before the start there will be an event briefing, please make sure you are present.
Drink stations (with water and Nuun electrolyte) will be positioned at approximately the 5, 10.5, 16, 20.5, 23.5, 25, 30, 34, 37, and 39km points.
To minimise waste we are reducing cups at the drink stations and encourage you to bring your own bottle, cup or hydration pack. The stations are equipped for you to refill these.
There are toilets at all aid stations and approximately every 2kms along the course from the 21km mark.
First Aid will be available on the course by a roving Peak Safety team member.
Cut Off Times
- 7km - 9.00
- 11km - 10.00
- 15km - 10.45
- 21km - 12.00
- 26km - 13.00
- 30km - 14.00
- 35km - 15.00
- 37km - 15.30
- 40km - 16.00
- Finish - 16.30
General Course Information
All courses are marshalled and signposted. The courses are not suitable for wheelchairs and all entrants must complete the same course. Please obey marshalls at all times.
No dogs on the courses please! Supporters and spectators must not accompany runners and walkers at any stage during the event.