In order to register for First Light Marathon, you must sign up for one of the packages.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.