Like all Albatros Adventure Marathons, the First Light Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It's also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits and immersing yourself in a new culture. Spectators welcome!
In order to register for First Light Marathon, you must sign up for one of the tour packages.
Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of many wonders. From dazzling night skies to killer surf to the rich, indigenous Māori culture, come experience all that the country has to offer.
The First Light Marathon is more than just a marathon - it's a journey through Aotearoa New Zealand! The adventurous can get up-close-and-personal with stingrays, catch some waves on a surf lesson, or visit the sacred mountain, Maunga Hikuranga. For those who prefer a more relaxed vacation, renowned beaches and world-class wineries beckon.
The First Light Marathon & Half marathon takes place in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, 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 the white sand beach.
If you are looking to enjoy an extended holiday in Tairāwhiti Gisborne it is certainly possible to join the 5-day accommodation package.
Marathon: 175 NZD Half marathon: 100 NZD
The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!
28 January 2023
Today's the big day!
At the start line, a group of Māori will herald in the new day with Taonga pūoro, traditional Māori instruments. As the first light of day crests the horizon, you'll set off with music and excitement thrumming through your body.
Both the marathon and half-marathon begin at 06:30. Both races will end at 13:30.
29 January 2023
Optional Celebration Dinner
In the evening it's possible to join all the international participants at the celebration dinner at a local vineyard. Together, we'll toast our accomplishments and enjoy a delicious meal while the sun sets over the vineyard. Price: 100 NZD Price includes: Welcome drink, dinner and transfer from the city center to the vineyard and back.