Marathon event re­vis­its Tau­ranga

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Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral event in 2017, the Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tion­alMarathon­will re­turn to Tau­ranga in Septem­ber.

The event, which over 1200 run­ners par­tic­i­pated in, will once again take to the streets of Tau­ranga.

The marathon, or­gan­ised by To­tal Sport, boasts a “flat, fast and fun” ter­rain. There are 42.2km, 21.1km, 12km and 6km op­tions, as well as a 2km kids (and par­ents) dash.

The full marathon starts in Pa¯pa¯moa. Run­ners will speed on a direct course to­ward­sMount Maun­ganui, along the ocean, be­fore trav­el­ling around the Mauao base track. They’ll run past Pilot Bay then up and over the Tau­ranga har­bour bridge and back to the­wa­ter’s edge on the other side. More views will meet them there as they make their way along the fore­shore to Fer­gus­son Park and back. Fi­nally, run­ners will me­an­der through the Waikareao Es­tu­ary, in­clud­ing the Daisy Hard­wick board­walk, be­fore fin­ish­ing in the heart of the city cen­tre, where they will be awarded theirmedal and soak up the cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere at the fin­ish line party.

Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tional Marathon will part­ner­with Live MoreAwe­some, a non-profit char­ity and move­ment ded­i­cated to in­spir­ing, en­cour­ag­ing, in­form­ing and find­ing help for peo­ple strug­gling­with their men­tal health. Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tion­alMarathon has also part­nered with Girls Who Run NZ for the 12km event.

The first woman and man in the Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tion­alMarathon will re­ceive $2000 each, with sec­ond place get­ters nab­bing $1000 and third place $500. In the Half Marathon, the first­placed woman and man will each re­ceive $1000, with sec­ond place get­ters tak­ing out $500 and third $250.

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