New course for this year’s Dunedin Marathon

Half Marathon runners start the 2017 event.
Half Marathon runners start the 2017 event.
Half Marathon walkers, smiling at the start of the event.
Half Marathon walkers, smiling at the start of the event.
Full Marathon runners, running alongside the picturesque Otago Harbour for the first 30km.
Full Marathon runners, running alongside the picturesque Otago Harbour for the first 30km.
And they’re off.. The Full Marathon begins at Harington Point.
And they’re off.. The Full Marathon begins at Harington Point.
42km to go... Marathon in full swing, with participants being able to see the Finish Line, from...
42km to go... Marathon in full swing, with participants being able to see the Finish Line, from the starting point.

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The countdown to the Dunedin Marathon is on.

There will be a new course for this year’s event, which will be held on September 9.

Organisers have opted to put the finish line indoors at Forsyth Barr Stadium, rather than in Port Chalmers.

The course will take participants past various Dunedin attractions, including the university and the railway station, race director Charlotte Meiklejohn said.

The first 30km of the full marathon will remain the same, such as the start line at Harington Point; the new part of the course begins once runners reach the Harbour Molars in Portsmouth Dr.

From there, they will weave to the stadium past the Chinese garden, railway station, university, and botanic garden to Ravensbourne and into the stadium.

The half marathon will start at the stadium, head to the molars, and follow the same route back.

The decision to change the course was made based on feedback from participants in previous events, who did not like running towards cars on State Highway 88, Meiklejohn said.

With the change in course there will be new course records to be set.

The event will double as the New Zealand half marathon championships.

The Mini Marathon will be held on the day for children aged 5-12 — 1km for children under 9 and 2km for those older.

 

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