The Whitianga Marathon, and all associated distances, kicks off at 7am on Saturday 15 October. The Whitianga and wider Mercury Bay communities welcome all coast runners. The number of entries mean there are a few extra thousand people around for this last weekend of the school holidays.

If you’re here and haven’t entered there’s still the opportunity to walk or run 5km, 10km, the half marathon, the 23km Track and Trail or the full marathon. You can enter on line up until Wednesday 12th at midday. Registration is held at the Mercury Bay Area School on the 14th October from 4pm so head there if you’re a late comer to enter. Everyone is welcome. For those here on holiday, or that live here, there is the very festive environment at the Buffalo Beach reserve on event day. Get a coffee or ice cream and support those participating. Or line the streets around the marathon course, play some tunes, dress up and help make it the fun occasion it is.