Event Info

Entry Fees

Note: all entry fees in NZ dollars and include GST

First 250 entries across all events below
released at 7pm on Monday 19th November
Until 15 December 2018Until 28 February 20191 March to 31 March 20191 April to 6 April 2019
Sun to Surf Half Marathon$60$65$70$80$85
Surfstrider 10km$40$45$50$60$65
Sun Run & Walk 5km$20$25$30$35$40
Sun Run & Walk 5km Under 14 years$15$20$25$30$35

Event Value Pack

All event entrants can enjoy the following inclusions with their entry:

  • A personalised souvenir event number with your name on the front
  • A recorded time in the official results
  • A limited edition inaugural event finisher medal
  • Aid stations and event recovery area with access to water, Pure Sports Nutrition product and other sponsor goodies
  • Opportunity to win spot prizes
  • Post event entertainment at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue including the Bonfire

Event Restrictions/Exclusions

Note: Minimum age for Surfstrider 10km is 14 years of age on event day. Minimum age for the Sun to Surf Half Marathon is 16 years of age on event day.

For Sun Run & Walk 5km if under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No forms of wheeled conveyance permitted in any event. Child carriers/backpacks permitted for Sun Run & Walk 5km.

Earphones, iPods, earbuds with music playing internally not permitted.

No dogs/animals to be taken by participants during their participation in events.

Event Venue

The venue for the event is the Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue at Ōhope Beach.

Event Transport

The Sun to Surf Half Marathon and Surf Strider 10km events are point to point events starting from Whakatāne Heads and the Whakatāne Surf Life Saving Club next to Mahy Reserve.

As there is limited parking at these start venues bus transport is included in the entry fee for both these events.

Parking will be available in Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue on the day of the event and nearby Ōhope Beach area for particpants prior to boarding the buses that will depart from outside Surf & Sand.

There will be an event vehicle marked Participant’s Gear at the respective start lines for the Half and the 10km for participants to place their gear before it is taken back to the finish to a secure area. Labels and pens will be provided on the buses to mark gear.

See the event schedule below for bus departure times from Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue for the Sun to Surf Half Marathon and Surf Strider 10km event start areas.

Note: there are no refunds of the transportation component of the entry fee for both these events.

Event Schedule

All events commence at 3pm.
Note: all times are approximate and may be subject to change.

Friday 5th April 2019

6.00pm to 8.00pmEvent registration Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue, Ōhope Beach

Saturday 6th April 2019

9.00am to 1.00pmEvent registration Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue, Ōhope Beach
1.00pmEvent foodies and bevie vendors available for competitors and supporters at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue
1.45pmSun to Surf Half Marathon Buses depart Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue for the start at Whakatāne Heads
2.00pmSurf Strider 10km Buses depart Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue for the start at Whakatāne Surf Club
2.50pmEvent safety briefings commence at the start areas for all events
3.00pmAll events commence at respective start lines
4.00pmEvent entertainment (bands and DJ) commence at Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue
7.00pmEvent Prize-Giving Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue, Ōhope Beach
7.45pmControlled bonfire begins below Surf & Sand Beachfront Venue, Ōhope Beach

Sun to Surf Half Marathon Cut Off Times

For the purposes of traffic management timeframes and marshal safety the maximum allowable time to complete the Sun to Surf Half Marathon is 5 hours. As the event will start at 3pm this will mean all runners and walkers need to be finished by 8pm.

In order for this to happen there will be generous times in place at two cut off points in the first 11km of the event that participants need to meet to be able to continue to the finish.

These are:

Top of Hillcrest Road junction with Ōhope Road – 4.10pm

Whakatane Surf Club – 5.20pm

These times are based on the event starting at 3pm. The times represent a walking pace of approximately 12 minutes 30 seconds per kilometre but also allowing for the fact that there is a sizeable hill in the first 5.165km of the event route.

The event organisers also reserve the right to ask participants who make the first two cut offs but then slow to a kilometre rate that won’t have them complete the event by 8pm.

If you are in this situation please respect the request to conclude your official participation in the event.

There are no cut off times for the Surf Strider 10km or Sun Run & Walk 5km events.

Note: all participants who are still out on the course at 7pm when the event prize giving commences at Surf & Sand will still be eligible for spot prizes providing they finish within the allotted time.

Event Refund Periods

Until 31 December 201890% Refund
1 January to 28 February 201970% Refund
1 March to 15 March 201950% Refund
16 March 2019 to 31 March 201930% Refund
1 April 2019 to 6 April 2019No refunds

Event Transfers

$15 incl. GST per entry transferredUntil 31 March 2019
$25 incl. GST per entry transferred1 April 2019 to 6 April 2019

Anti-doping Statement

Sun to Surf Anti-doping Statement & Policy

Half Marathon Elite Support Programme

Sun to Surf Half Marathon Elite Support Programme

Sanctioning

The Sun to Surf Half Marathon is an officially sanctioned event by Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty

Event Organiser

The events are organised by Victory Events. Victory Events is one of NZ’s leading athletic event management companies, and have been operating since 2002. Victory Events specialise in the creation, management and delivery of a diverse portfolio of events in running and walking. Victory Events are a Rotorua based business.

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