FAQ

  1. What date is the ‘Mountain to Surf’ Marathon?
  2. Where is the course?
  3. What is the elevation of the course?
  4. What temperatures would I expect to encounter?
  5. What event options are there?
  6. What is the start time?
  7. How much does it cost to enter?
  8. Is there prize money for the event?
  9. When will entries be available?
  10. Will course records be affected with the change of course?
  11. Does the change of course affect ‘Legendary’ status?

What date is the ‘Mountain to Surf’ Marathon

The long running Bayleys ‘Mountain to Surf’ Marathon is arguably New Zealand’s fastest marathon. The event will be run on Saturday 4 March 2017. This is the 38th anniversary of this event.

Where is the course?

The ‘Mountain to Surf’ is a great course to record a ‘Personal Best’.

The marathon, two person and four person relay is a point to point course that starts at the gates to Egmont National Park (460m above sea level) on the flanks of the imposing dormant volcano Mount Taranaki and then winds its way through picturesque North Taranaki countryside, along the Coastal Walkway, finishing at East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth.  The course is run on tarsealed roads, some tracks and along part of the Coastal Walkway (approximately 4.5km). Click here to view a map of the course.

The half marathon is a point to point course that starts at Hillsborough Hall, Cnr Egmont and Henwood roads, Bell Block and winds its way down to the Coastal Walkway, finishing at East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. Click here to view a map of the course.

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What is the elevation of the course?

Start elevation – 460 metres above sea level.

Finish elevation – sea level. Approximately one third of the elevation drop occurs within the first five kilometres, from then, while encountering a few relatively easy undulations on route, the course gently loses elevation to the finish.

What temperatures would I expect to encounter?

While Taranaki’s climate is generally temperate we from time to time in the late part of summer encounter variable temperatures and weather patterns. Weather conditions can vary from cool, wet and windy to warm and humid (sometimes all on the same day!). Typical start temperature – 10 degrees C (+ or -) and a typical finish temperature of up to approximately 25 degrees C.

What event options are there?

  • Marathon – 42.2km point to point course from the gates of Egmont National Park to East End Reserve, New Plymouth to East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. Medals for all marathon finishers. Click here to view a map of the course.
  • Two Person Marathon Relay – two person team, change over at 971 Mountain Road, SH 3A, Inglewood (half way). Each do 21.1km, point to point course from the gates of Egmont National Park to East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth). Click here to view a map of the course.
  • Four Person Marathon Relay – four person team, change overs at Dudley Road School (9km), 971 Mountain Road, SH 3A, Inglewood (20.8km) and De Havilland Drive (32.1km) – first leg 9km, second leg 10.8km, third leg 11.3km and fourth leg 10.1km. Point to point course from the gates of Egmont National Park to East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. Click here to view a map of the course.
  • Half Marathon – 21.1km point to point course from Hillsborough Hall, Cnr Egmont and Henwood roads, Bell Block to East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. Click here to view a map of the course.

Runners and walkers are both welcome to participate in our event.

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What is the start time?

Marathon, Two Person Relay and Four Person Relay Walkers – 6.30am (Gates to Egmont National Park)

Marathon, Two Person Relay and Four Person Relay Runners – 7.30am (Gates to Egmont National Park)

Half Marathon Runners – 9.30am (Hillsborough Hall)

Half Marathon Walkers – 9.40am (Hillsborough Hall)

Complimentary transport is provided to the event start and from the event finish. This transport runs to and from our Race Headquarters, East End Surf Club, Nobs Line, New Plymouth.

How much does it cost to enter?

The fee depends on the distance you are doing. Below are the 2017 fees.

Distance

Regular fee

Late fee

up to14 February 2017 (online entry closes 27 February)
15 February to 8pm 3 March 2017
Marathon – Individual (minimum 18 years) $100 $130
Half Marathon – Individual (minimum age 16 years) $60 $90
Marathon – Relay (teams of 2) (minimum age 16 years) $120 (for the team) $150 (for the team)
Marathon – Relay (teams of 4) (minimum age 14 years) $130 (for the team) $160 (for the team)

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Is there prize money for the event?

Prize money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall open men and women marathon runners (1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $250).

When will entries be available?

Entries for the 2017 Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon are now open.

Will course records be affected with the change of course?

As 2017 will be the first event held on the new course, new records will be set. All previous course records will remain on our archive displays.

Does the change of course affect ‘Legendary’ status?

Participants who completed the marathon previously and are working towards achieving a ‘legendary’ status will have their past marathon achievements counted towards the ‘legendary’ status with the new course.

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