EVENTS CAL­EN­DAR

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NORTH SHORE MARATHON, AUCK­LAND

SEPTEM­BER 3, START TIMES FROM 6AM

Start­ing on Auck­land’s Taka­puna Beach, this scenic marathon sees par­tic­i­pants make their way to Devon­port, while tak­ing in the Shore’s beau­ti­ful beaches and the his­toric North Head. With op­tions from full marathon to the kids’ 2km beach run, there’s some­thing for the whole fam­ily. Prices start from $30. www.northshore­marathon.co.nz

GIRLS ON CURLS LADIES SURF EVENTS,

AUCK­LAND

SEPTEM­BER 24, 9AM OR 12PM

If you’ve al­ways wanted to learn to surf, this is the class for you. The ladies-only event at Omaha Beach is per­fect for first timers through to con­fi­dent be­gin­ners, and fo­cuses on learn­ing to surf or im­prov­ing skills, and pro­mot­ing self­con­fi­dence and friend­ship. No surf­board? No prob­lem – the lessons in­clude all surf equip­ment, pho­tos from the day and home­made beach­side treats to en­joy post-surf. If you can’t make it this time, don’t worry – it’s held on the last Sun­day of ev­ery month be­tween Septem­ber and May. $69. www.salt­wa­tereco.co.nz/ ladies-surf­ing

THE MUDDER, WHANGANUI

SEPTEM­BER 16, 7AM

Now in its fifth year, this Mudder prom­ises to be the best yet. Held in the rugged hill coun­try of the south­ern Ran­gi­tikei, par­tic­i­pants can ex­pect a great day out – and a lot of mud. While new ob­sta­cles are un­der wraps for now, the course will fea­ture a dam with a float­ing is­land to crawl over, man-made ob­sta­cles and lots of bogs and hills. There’s some­thing to suit all fit­ness types, and cos­tumes are en­cour­aged. 3km, 5km and 8km cour­ses avail­able. Tick­ets start from $55. www.the­mud­der.co.nz

SMITHS CRAFT BEER HOUSE TRAIL RUN,

QUEEN­STOWN SEPTEM­BER 2, 11AM

Suit­able for all run­ning abil­i­ties, this trail run also boasts stun­ning views across Lake Wakatipu to­wards Wal­ter and Ce­cil Peaks with The Re­mark­ables as the back­drop. With a 10km trail loop or a half-marathon, ev­ery­one is wel­come at the post-run cel­e­bra­tion at the Smiths Craft Beer House. Plus, there are plenty of spot prizes up for grabs. $38. www.jack­s­point­trail­run.net

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