First Light Marathon

25 Jan 2025

Kia Ora - New Zealand!

First Light Marathon will start at Midway Surf Club at 06.00 am 20. January 2024

The city of Tairāwhiti Gisborne is known for being the first city in the world to see the sunrise each morning. 

As you exit the city, you will be rewarded with the breath-taking sunrise as you reach the hilltops.

Though the surface and hills are strenuous, the view will be worth it all as you race along its spectacular coastline and steep green hills, before embarking down to its white beaches glittering in the sunlight.

Join the adventure in 2024 - spectators welcome! 

The route offers both a Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Register for the Race

Registration is closed - Last minute sign ups possible Friday 19. Jan between 6 - 8 pm at Trust Tairawhiti

As a resident of New Zealand, you are eligible to a race only entry, without having to partake in any of our Entry Packages.

Marathon: 175NZD
Half Marathon: 100NZD

Race entry includes: 

- Exclusive First Light Marathon T-shirt
- Medal 
- Experienced Medical Personnel from Peak Safety 
- Timing and Results 

Travel Packages

The First Light Marathon is much more than just a race. It's about exploring New Zealand with family, friends, and other running-minded spirits. By partaking in our 5-day travel package you join a group expedition that takes you on a journey with a full itinerary, meals, accommodation and last but not least, a chance to meet travellers from all over the world! 

5-day Package

Spectacular and challenging race

The route of The First Light Marathon will surely challenge you, but its stunning views will all make it worth your while. You will run on a variety of surfaces: Pavement, dirt-roads, grass, single track trails and a sandy beach.

You can find a more detailed route and elevation description via the link below.

Route & Elevation

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to write us. Our office team, located in Copenhagen, will happily assist you! 

Tøndergade 16
DK-1752 Copenhagen V
(+45) 36 98 98 38
Office hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm