Sunday 03 November 2024

Race Rules


After careful consideration and in consultation with local authorities, due to health, safety and logistical concerns on the course, all forms of wheeled conveyance including but not limited to wheelchairs (excluding racing wheelchairs in the Wheelchair Marathon), cycles, rollerblades, prams/buggies, skateboards etc are not permitted to enter or participate in the Barfoot & Thompson Marathon, Garmin Half Marathon or One NZ 11km Traverse.

Accompanying animals are not allowed on the course.

Non-registered persons are not allowed to accompany participants in the event.



In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all entrants please take into account the following;

  • Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right
  • Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times
  • Please obey instructions from race officials, volunteers and traffic management at all times
  • If you choose to wear earbuds or headphones, please turn off any active noise-cancelling function so you can hear verbal instructions and be alerted to hazards


In order to ensure a smooth and safe start for all athletes, seeded start zones will be in place at the start line of each event. In addition, the One NZ 11km Traverse, 5km and Barfoot & Thompson Kids Marathon will all operate with wave starts. Entrants are asked to assemble in the appropriate zone depending on their expected finish time. All walkers must start from the back to ensure runners are not hindered. Please look for the expected finish time signage marked in the start area.



Timing mats will be located at all start lines and at the finish line. 

Additionally, Barfoot & Thompson Marathon entrants will receive a split time at 10km, 15km, 31km, the bottom and top of the bridge and at the half way point.

Garmin Half Marathon entrants will receive a split time at 10km and the bottom and top of the bridge.

Disposable timing chips are attached to the back of your race number and will record your time. Timing chips do not need to be returned.

All timing results will be published on the event website and race app. 



The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon is run under Drug Free Sport NZ Authority Regulations and the competitive and administrative rules of Athletics New Zealand. Athletes should read and understand these rules and regulations prior to race day. Failure to adhere to these rules and regulations may result in disqualification from the event.

Aid Stations

Athletes are well supported with aid stations located on course for all distances.

There will be 11 aid stations on the marathon course (6 of these also provide flat cola), 5 on the half marathon course, 3 on the 11km course and 2 on the 5km course. Please refer to course maps for aid station locations.

Aid stations will provide water, PURE Electrolyte Hydration, toilet facilities and first aid. For more information on PURE Electrolyte Hydration click here. The 2023 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon will have PURE Electrolyte Lemon and PURE Electrolyte Superfruits on course. 

Red Bull will have an aid station at the 8km mark for 11km runners and 18km mark for half marathon and marathon runners.

Gear Bag Drop

There will be a bag drop service available at the start area of each race, except the Barfoot & Thompson Kids Marathon.

Only official event gear bags can be used at bag drop (i.e. not a sports bag) and must be accompanied by the race number bag tag sticker given at Athlete Check-in. Please ensure your race bag has the race tag sticker attached before you drop it off at the designated bag drop area. Any gear left at the start lines or discarded and left at any point on the course will be collected and donated to charity. You must NOT drop any gear at aid stations or anywhere on the course for later retrieval.

Your official event gear bag will be transported to the finish line at Victoria Park and will be available for you to collect when you complete your race. Please collect your bag by 1pm Sunday 29 October 2023 before you leave the Event Hub. Any remaining gear will be donated to charity.

Please note, bags are left at owner's risk. Whilst the upmost is done to ensure your bag is safe, the event organisers are not responsible for any lost bag and/or items.

Personal Drinks

Athletes entered into the marathon or half marathon may drop their personal drinks off to Athlete Check-in and have them delivered to their selected Aid Station/s.

Personal drinks must be clearly labelled and delivered to Athlete Check-in at The Cloud prior to 5:00pm on Saturday. Athletes are encouraged to mark bottles with a ribbon or colour for easy identification and may select which aid station personal drinks are delivered to. 

No glass or metal bottles will be accepted.



There will be loads of entertainment on-course to help you through the kms.

If you've got a band, cultural or entertainment group with lots of energy and are keen to motivate the 15,000+ runners and walkers on course, then please email

Applications close 3 October.


Pace Runners

There will be Pacers for participants wanting to run a specific time. Each Pacer will be wearing a blue Pacer t-shirt, balloon and a pace time on their race bib. The Pacers will be targeting the following finish times:

Marathon      Half Marathon 
3hr 1hr 30mins
3hr 15mins 1hr 40mins
3hr 30mins 1hr 50mins
3hr 45mins 2hr
4hr 2hr 10mins
4hr 15mins 2hr 20mins
4hr 30mins  
4hr 45mins  

Please note pace times depend on Pacer availability.

Pacer Expression of Interest

Spectator Info

To ensure your support crew, family and friends can see you out there on the event course and cheer you on, we have identified the best spectator viewing locations.

Click the link below to view the Spectator Map so you can familiarise yourself with the best way to get around the course as a spectator and the access points for spectators.



The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon App is a fantastic tool for both athletes and supporters. It includes key information on all that is happening at the event, including an athlete tracker so you can follow your friends. Download via your App store below.


 App store        google play

Spectator Access

Location      KM Mark  Details Access Info

• Barfoot & Thompson Marathon start line
• Garmin Half Marathon start line

See your athlete off from the start line in Devonport Catch a spectator ferry from Birkenhead, Bayswater or Downtown terminals. If driving, make sure you're aware of the road closures - onstreet parking only
Lake Rd/Bracken Ave

• Marathon - 6.4km
• Half Marathon - 6.4km

See your athlete as they enter into Takapuna 5 minute walk from Takapuna shops. Exit the motorway at Tristram Ave and use the detour route around Lake Pupuke
Smales Farm, Northcote

• Marathon - 10km
• Half Marathon - 10km
• One NZ 11km Traverse start line

Last chance to see your athlete before they enter onto the busway and up over the Harbour Bridge. Exit the motorway at Northcote Rd and park within Smales Farm (gold coin donation to Harbour Hospice).
Curran St, Herne Bay 

• Marathon - 17.9km
• Half Marathon - 17.9km

See your athlete as they head along the waterfront and pass under the Harbour Bridge. 5 minute walk from Sarsfield St.
Westhaven Drive, Westhaven

• Marathon - 18.5km
• Half Marathon - 18.5km
• 11km Traverse - 8.5km

See your athlete through the beautiful inner city marina of Westhaven. A short walk using the Jacobs Ladder Bridge - accessed from either Beaumont St or St Marys Rd.
Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter

• Marathon - 20.4km
• Half Marathon - 20.4km
• 11km Traverse - 10.4km
• 5km start line

Home stretch for Half Marathon and 11km Traverse athletes.

Accessible from Karanga Plaza which is a 15 minute walk from Britomart Train Station via the Viaduct Basin, or a 10 minute walk from the finish line at Victoria Park.
Point Resolution Footbridge  •Marathon - 24.4km (outbound) & 38.5km (inbound) See your athlete as the head out towards (and back from) the Eastern Bays. 10 minute walk from Parnell Rose Garden via Judge St and St Stephens Ave.
Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay  •Marathon - 29.2km (outbound) & 33.4km (inbound) Set up camp at a Mission Bay café and watch all the marathon athletes pass by Use the detour route to get to Patteson Ave.
Tamaki Dr, Kohimarama  •Marathon - 30.1km (outbound) & 32.7km (inbound) See your athlete twice as they head past Kohimarama Beach Use the detour route to get to Kohimarama Rd.
Turnaround, Tamaki Dr, St Heliers •Marathon - 31.3km Enjoy the on-course entertainment whilst you wait to see your athlete hit the turnaround point. Use the detour route to get to St Heliers Bay Rd.


Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place for the event. More information can be found here.


Join us at the finish line area to relax in the surrounds of Victoria Park. Here you can see participants finish, soak up the event atmosphere and indulge food and beverage options. We have invited a variety of food truck vendors along to keep your full and hydrated throughout the day so you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

Sun, 03 Nov 2024