Event all set for first year of new course

Dunedin Marathon organisers are confident it has every turn and footpath covered for the race tomorrow.

The marathon, which started in 1989, has a new route this year, and will no longer finish at Watson Park in Port Chalmers.

The marathon will still start at Harington Point, but its second half will not go out to Port Chalmers, instead being  more centred around north Dunedin and finishing inside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The half-marathon will start in the car park of Forsyth Barr Stadium and run around parts of north Dunedin. It, as well as the 10km event, will also finish in the stadium.

There are plenty of turns in the course, and race director Charlotte Meiklejohn is confident the competitors will find it easy to follow.

"We have a large group of marshals who will be out on the course making sure everything is going fine.

"We’ve got lead bikes out there," she said.

"In the last 10km we have sign posts all the way to show where to go."

She said the route had been run by the course designer more than once, and they had experienced no problem with its lay-out. Obviously, how runners find it will only be known once the race is run, she said.

There was a 25% increase in competitors from last year, and she put that down to an increased marketing push and the popularity of finishing in the stadium. 

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