Another local’s Whitianga Marathon entry fees to be refunded

06 Apr 2021

Nick Reader, organiser of the Whitianga Marathon, drew Andy Park’s name last week as the sixth Mercury Bay resident who will have their Whitianga Marathon entry fees refunded to them. Andy is living in Whitianga and has entered to run the half marathon distance.

In total, Nick will be refunding the entry fees of eight locals. Two more names will be drawn over the next two weeks. “Refunding the entry fees is a small initiative to motivate Mercury Bay residents to enter the event,” says Nick. “Wouldn’t it be great to see a lot of local faces at the start line?”

The event, to take place on Saturday, 22 May, offers four distances participants can either run or walk - marathon (42.2km), half marathon (21.1km), 10km and 5km.

The marathon is a new distance that has been added to the event from previous years and is something unique with the first half of the course taking participants from Ferry Landing to Cooks Beach and back, and the second half taking them along the half marathon course through Whitianga. It may well be the only marathon in New Zealand with a ferry ride in the middle.

The half marathon course is also different from previous years. Instead of two laps of approximately 10km each, participants will run or walk a single lap, taking in much more of the town. “The half marathon is flat, an ideal course for half marathon entrants trying to improve on their personal bests,” says Nick.

Mercury Bay Area School students can enter the event for free.

With almost 800 entries already received, the 2021 Whitianga Marathon is on track to become the biggest long distance running/walking event Mercury Bay has ever seen. “It’s going to be a great day,” says Nick. “And hopefully the event will keep on growing to become one of the highlights on the New Zealand marathon calendar.”

Pictured: Nick Reader, organiser of the Whitianga Marathon.