Alert Levels postpone Auckland Marathon until January

NZ 28/09/2021

The biggest running event in New Zealand's calendar has been postponed thanks to our not-great-mate, Covid-19.

The event, which was originally scheduled for Sunday October 31st, would only be able to run at Alert Level 1. But with Auckland still in Alert Level 3 a month away from the event, organisers made the call to push the event to 23 January 2022.

“The current COVID-19 Delta outbreak and subsequent lockdown has thrown up more than a few challenges for our team, as well as that we need to be at Alert Level 1 to be able to hold the event, meaning that our only option was to postpone the 2021 event,” ASB Auckland Marathon Race Director Sam Ellis.

“We know that this news will be frustrating and disappointing for our runners, especially given all of the training they’ve put in, but hopefully the move will give them a bit more time to prepare to chase that PB as they cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge.”

Everyone who registered would be contacted by event organisers and entries would remain open for the rescheduled event.

The marathon event, which was going to be in its 30th year, saw 14,000 people take part last year.

The marathon course sees runners race from North Shore's Devonport wharf, over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and into Victoria Park.