First Light Marathon

25 Jan 2025

Kia Ora - New Zealand!

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 2025.

The route offers both a Marathon, Half-Marathon and 6 km Fun Run.

Register for the Race


As a resident of New Zealand, you are eligible to a race only entry.

Half Marathon
6 km Fun Run
Early: 11. April - 31. May
160 NZD
85 NZD
40 NZD
General: 1. June - 31. Oct
185 NZD
110 NZD
50 NZD
Late: 1. Nov - 30. Nov
210 NZD
135 NZD
50 NZD
Super late: 1. Dec - 10. Jan
240 NZD
165 NZD
60 NZD


Race entry includes: 

- Exclusive First Light Marathon T-shirt
- Medal to all finishers
- Experienced Medical Personnel 
- Supplies on route
- Finish line refreshments
- Timing and Results 

Sign up here

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

Albatros Adventure Marathons series

Our Albatros Adventure Marathons are challenging running events that take participants to a whole new level.
All our races are characterised by locations of exceptional natural beauty and historic significance. From the barren desert landscape of Jordan to the African savannah, from the epic Great Wall of China to the soundless icecaps of Greenland, we offer races with remarkable courses that challenges novices and experienced runners alike!

Yet our races are never just about the Marathon. Alongside the race, you get the chance to explore each destination, encounter its amazing locals and journey into places not often experienced by the public.

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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