Get ready for Tau­ranga’s very own in­ter­na­tional marathon

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DUST off your run­ning shoes as Tau­ranga’s very own marathon— the Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tion­alMarathon— re­turns on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22.

Or­gan­ised by Total Sport, last year’s event saw more than 1200 run­ners tak­ing part in 42.2km, 21.1km, 12km and 6km op­tions, as well as a 2km kids (and par­ents) dash.

Total Sport founder Aaron Carter says this year’s course will be slightly dif­fer­ent— from Pa­pamoa to The Strand.

“And it will end with a big party at the fin­ish line, not only for run­ners, but their sup­port­ers and the Tau­ranga com­mu­nity to en­joy. Be­cause of the flat and fast course and the stun­ning views, it’s a bucket list event for sea­soned run­ners as well as an ideal first-time op­tion.”

The full marathon starts in Pa­pamoa to­wards Mount Maun­ganui and around Mauao, Pi­lot Bay, over the har­bour bridge, Fer­gus­son Park and back, Waikareao Es­tu­ary in­clud­ing the Daisy Hard­wick board­walk be­fore fin­ish­ing in the city cen­tre, where run­ner­swill be awarded their medal at the party.

For the first time, the Tau­ranga In­ter­na­tional Marathon will also part­ner with Girls Who Run NZ for the 12km event.

Prizes for the full marathon (men and women) in­clude $2000, sec­ond placeget­ters $1000 and third place $500. There are also cash prizes for the half marathon.

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