First Light Marathon

28 Jan 2023

First Light Marathon 2023

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

Registration closed see you in 2024

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

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Itinerary

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! 

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way to the start line at Waikan, just a short walk away.  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 05:30. Both races will end at 13:30.

In the evening you can meet other runners at Sunshine Brewery, a boutique brewery from the East Coast, and share your winnings and impressions of today’s run while tasting local top quality beer. The first beer is on us. 

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 Peak Safety
  • 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

Race Package Pickup

The goodie bag can be picked up in the start/finish area at Waikanae Surf Club Friday, 27 January between 6 pm and 8 pm. In case you can’t pick it up on Friday, it’s also possible to pick it up next to the start line Saturday morning from 04.45 am.

Registration closed see you in 2024