Published on : Saturday, April 30, 2016
Almost 5,000 competitors have signed up to be a part of the brand new event on New Zealand’s running and social calendar.
The weekend of 14 and 15 May will see participants and thousands of supporters and friends descend upon Napier. The race takes place right in the centre of the coastal wine region, with a track traversing a variety of terrains.
Flat and gentle for the most part, the marathon begins at the Napier waterfront before heading up through spectacular scenery, while the half-marathon and 10-kilometre run take you through privately owned vineyards and groves of olive trees towards the cellar doors of Sileni Estates vineyard.
With a children’s run in the afternoon and post-race festivities, there is no reason to stop once the race is over. Athletes will take part in a variety of events including the Kids Run, AIA 10km Run, NZ Sotheby’s Realty Half Marathon and the full Hawke’s Bay Marathon.
Sitting on the east coast of the North Island, Hawke’s Bay is a sweeping half-circle sheltered from the north by the Mahia Peninsula down to Cape Kidnappers in the south. Its reputation as a holiday spot is as well-established as its internationally-regarded wines.
The event is run by IRONMAN Oceania which also delivers the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon and six other high profile sporting events in New Zealand.
“There is no doubt that the excitement around the very first Hawke’s Bay Marathon is down to the destination itself, with the event set to wind its way through wineries, bike trails, orchards and olive groves, all on beautiful hard packed trails that make the running easier on the feet just as the views and surrounds will be easy on the eye and mind,” IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director Dave Beeche says.
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