20 Jan 2024

First Light Marathon

20 January 2024

Kia Ora - Welcome to New Zealand!

Be the first in the world to greet the new day as you race along the coast.

With its highly successful launch in 2023, we are more excited than ever for taking on The First Light Marathon on January 20th of 2024!


The First Light Marathon takes place in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Aotearoa New Zealand, which is known for being the first city in the world to see the sun each day. Its spectacular coastline and the steep green hills provide a magical backdrop to this unique race.

Runners will herald in the sunrise as they crest the many hills and race along its golden sandy beaches. This tough route offers various surfaces, from concrete to sand and grassy hills, so be prepared to sweat! It will all be worth it as we celebrate each other’s accomplishments at the finale dinner.  


We work with local artists and designers in the creation of our marathon logo and medal, and furthermore, we are incredibly grateful for the priceless collaboration with the local iwi (people of the land) who helped us bring this event to (first) light.

Read the story behind our unique race logo here


Kindly be advised that entry to any Albatros Adventure Marathon is only available in combination with an official tour package. Race entry only is not possible for international runners. View our entry packages here
The event features both a Marathon and a Half-Marathon distance.


For any inquiries about the race, please write us at info@adventure-marathon.com



Race distances

Want to share this experience of a lifetime with your friend or partner?

No problem!

Runners of all levels can run the first light with these options.


Full Marathon
42.2 km
Half Marathon
21.1 km


Both distances take place at the same time, and share the first part of the course.

Just select your preferred distance when booking.

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