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Now in its 42nd year, the event has new courses and a new finish line destination.
More than 150 people have already signed up for the 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon events since early-bird entries opened last week.
Marathon committee chairwoman Maria Sleeman was pleased to see a steady stream of people signing up for the September 12 events.
"We are all quite excited about it," Sleeman said.
Emerson’s is the naming rights sponsor and will be where each participant finishes their run or walk.
The full marathon will start in the Portobello Domain and mostly use the cycleway/walkway.
Runners will do a loop in Harwood, go out past Weller’s Rock, turn around and head into the city towards the finish line.
Sleeman hoped the community would show its support to the runners.
In the half marathon, participants will do two loops of a course that starts outside the Sargood Centre in Logan Park Dr and heads out to the Harbour Mouth Molars.
The 10km and 5km events will also start at the Sargood Centre.
The start line had plenty of space for participants to warm-up, had toilets nearby, and was near the marathon headquarters, Sleeman said.
"We think it will be much better for the participants."
Early bird rates end at midnight on June 30. After that, standard rates will apply until midnight on August 23.
Anyone entering between then and midnight on September 7 will be charged the late fee.