First Light Marathon

28 Jan 2023

First Light Marathon 2023

Residents of Aotearoa New Zealand
28-28 Jan
1 days
100 NZD

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 2023Race Day

First Light Marathon

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 2023Optional 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.

Price information

Have a look at package prices below.

Race Entry

Marathon:            NZD 175
Half-Marathon:  NZD 100 


Race entry includes: 

  • Exclusive First Light Marathon T-shirt
  • Medal
  • Experienced medical personnel from St. John
  • Timing and results
  • Finish line refreshments
  • Manned water and supply stations along the route 

Important Info

Questions about New Zealand?

For more detals about the race, check out our Race Information


For more information about the course, check out Route & Elevation

Book this package

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