Dunedin Marathon postponed to Nov 7

Runners in full flight in Ravensbourne Rd during the Dunedin Marathon 10km event in 2019. The...
Runners in full flight in Ravensbourne Rd during the Dunedin Marathon 10km event in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s marathon. PHOTO: THE STAR FILES
The Emerson’s Dunedin Marathon has been postponed.

The event has been pushed back to Sunday, November 7 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

It was originally meant to be held on September 12.

Caversham Harriers president and race committee chairwoman Maria Sleeman was pleased a new date had been finalised.

“It will be so nice to have it for everybody, especially during these challenging times,” Ms Sleeman said.

The event going ahead in November was reliant on being at Alert Level 1, otherwise sadly it would have to cancelled, she said.

Picking a new date had its challenges, as it had to fit in with other running events around the country and upcoming events in Dunedin.

Emerson’s, the naming rights sponsor, is hosting a family carnival at the finish line, so it was important the new date worked for the venue too.

“It would be such a shame for everybody that’s entered and that’s training to miss out.”

If the event proceeds and the alternative date does not work for people, they will be eligible to receive a 75% refund, or they can transfer their entry to the 2022 event.

The committee thanked sponsors and supporters for their encouragement while members worked to find a suitable new date.

‘‘All being well, we look forward to seeing as many runners as possible at the start line on Sunday, November 7.

“We just have to keep our fingers crossed that we will be in Level 1.”

 

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