Enjoy a great morning out running or walking along gravel roads through majestic pine forest and, if you’re doing the half marathon, a beautiful section of rugged New Zealand west coast beach.
The Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, 26 October 2019.
See the race day schedule below for starting times of the different distance options.
Scott’s Ferry, Parewanui Road, Santoft.
All the event options will start on Forestry Road, c/o Forestry Rd and Parewanui Rd. Event parking is available a short walk away at Scott’s Ferry.
To get to the venue, head to Bulls and take Parewanui Road towards the coast, heading to Scott’s Ferry. The event location, registration and parking will be clearly marked.
A public parking space is provided in a field at the far end of Scott’s Ferry. Please park here and NOT along Parewanui Road. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.
Race day schedule
|8:30am||Registration opens||Scott’s Ferry|
|9:20am||Half Marathon Walk race briefing||c/o Parewanui |
& Forestry Rd
|9:30am||Half Marathon Walk start|
|10:20am||Half Marathon Run race briefing|
|10:30am||Half Marathon Run start|
|10:35am||10km Walk race briefing|
|10:45am||10km Walk start|
|10:50am||10km Run race briefing|
|11:00am||10km Run start|
|11:05am||5km Run & Walk race briefing|
|11:15am||5km Run & Walk start|
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The three distance options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Run/Walk start and finish along the same forest track, with each distance traversing a different loop through the forest. Each distance option is made up of a single lap – no multiple laps to make up distance.
The 5km and 10km loops are fully contained within the Santoft Forest roads network, while the Half Marathon option includes a very special event-only loop through the Raumai Range, an area not accessible to the public, as well as an exhilarating stretch along the beach on the way back to the finish.
Aid stations serving water and sports drink will be available at regular intervals on all the event courses. More detail to follow.
Race day refreshments
As part of its fundraising efforts, the parents of the South Makirikiri School are preparing delicious lunch packs that can be pre-ordered for delivery on the day – just what you need after a good workout! The image above are indicative of the lunch to be provided. Only 500 lunch packs will be available, so be sure to order yours when you enter online.
There will also be homemade food available to purchase on the day.
A coffee cart offering barista coffees and other refreshments will also be available on site.
Medals and prize-giving
Finishers medals will be awarded to finishers of all the event options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km. Details to be announced.
- Prize giving will commence at 1:30pm.
- Spot prizes will be drawn and presented at prize giving. You have to be present to be eligible for a spot prize.
- Male and female category winners in each event will be acknowledged in the following age categories:
- Junior (Under 18)
- Open (18-39)
- Veteran (40-49)
- Master (50-59)
- Grandmaster (60-69)
- Great grandmaster (70+)
The 10km and 5km event distances include the option to enter (at half price) as part of a school team.
School teams can be made up of 4 or more members. The results of the top 4 finishers in each team will be collated for the schools challenge. Teams in each distance will compete in 3 categories – Junior (up to Year 8), Intermediate (Year 9-10) and Senior (Year 11-13).
A participation trophy will also be awarded to the school with the highest participation rate.
See the Entry Details page for shool team entry fees.
As the majority of the course is run along sheltered forestry roads, a compulsory gear list is not specified. However, participants are reminded that spring conditions can be changeable – please consider the conditions and dress accordingly.