Race Rules

Event Exclusions

Due to Health and Safety, wheeled conveyances (including wheelchairs, baby buggies, scooters, bikes, inline skates) cannot be used for all events. Accompanying animals are not allowed on the course. Headphones and personal music devices are strongly discouraged.


Event Cut-off Times

Marathon Course Cut-off times – Athletes must reach the start of the Lake Hayes Trail (11.65km from the start) by 11.00am, the start of the Domain Road Track (distance 25km) by 1:10pm and the SH6 crossing (distance 32.2km) by 2:25pm.

Competitors who do not make these cut off times will unfortunately not be permitted to continue due to time constraints and the need to reopen the roads. Official Event Closure Time: Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the course will officially be closed to all runners and walkers at 4:00pm.

We welcome walkers in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10KM distances. We ask all walkers to start behind the runners in the designated section at the start line and give way to runners at all times.


Health & Safety

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all entrants please take in to account the following.

70% of the course is on smooth hard packed trails, away from roads. The other 30% is on roads that are closed or partially closed to general traffic. These roads will be managed by Traffic Management specialists and where feasible local residents and businesses will be allowed controlled access on closed roads. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  • 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 have to withdraw from the race please make your way to the next Aid Station and inform the race officials. If you are unable to continue due to a medical emergency, please ask your fellow competitors to inform the next visible race official or volunteer who will be able to inform medical services of your location.

Wave Starts

To ensure a smooth start for all runners, wave starts and self-seeded start zones will be in place at the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km Run start lines. Runners will need to gather in the appropriate zone depending on their expected race finish time. The wave start system will release a set number of runners at timed intervals after the start gun is fired.

Your race time is calculated from when you pass over the timing mat on the start line so no-one will be disadvantaged. Introducing wave starts will help everyone to run at their own pace across the course, giving you a true race time. And you can soak up the scenery as much as you choose!

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Timing mats will be located at each race start line and at the finish line. All races will have timing splits every 5kms

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.

Placegetter results only will be published after your race on the Info Desk board in the Queenstown Memorial Centre. Timing results will be provided by age group category and age group placings will be based on participant's mat time. Overall distance placings will be based on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Male and Female runner across the Finish Line.

Bag Drop

There will be a Bag Drop service available at the start area of each race. Only event Race Bags can be used at Bag Drop (i.e. not a sports bag) and must be labelled with the bag tag attached to your race bib when mailed out or when given at Athlete Check-In. Please ensure your Race Bag is labelled before you drop it off at the designated bag drop area. Any gear left at the start line, 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 event Race Bags will be transported to the Event Hub at Queenstown Memorial Centre and will be available for you to collect when you complete your race. Please collect your bag by 4:30pm Saturday 21 November before you leave the Event Hub. Any remaining gear will be held at the Queenstown Memorial Centre until 12:00pm Sunday 22 November, and if not collected by this time will be donated to Charity.

Aid Stations

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Athletes are well supported with Aid Stations located on course for all distances. Aid Stations will provide: water, POWERADE sports drink (Powerade ION4 in bottles at the finish line and Powerade Isotonic formula at Aid Stations in cups - both Mountain Blast flavour, neither are sugar free), NZ Natural Formulas Cramp Stop, toilet facilities and first aid.
From Aid Station 3 onwards Clif Bars (Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Chip, White Choc Macadamia) and Jet Plane lollies are available.
Aid Stations 8, 9, 10 & 11 will also have Coca-Cola.

There will be 11 Aid Stations on the marathon course, 5 on the half-marathon course and 2 on the 10km course. Please refer to Course Maps for Aid Station locations.

Full Marathon Personal Drinks

Full Marathon Personal Drinks will be distributed to Aid Station 6 (22.5km) and/or Aid Station 9 (32km) for full marathon runners only. The bottles must be marked clearly with runner’s race number and the drink station you want them left at. Runners are encouraged to mark bottles with a ribbon or colour for easy identification.

Bottles must be handed in at athlete check-in on Thursday 14 Nov or Friday 15 Nov. The personal bottles will be set out in numerical order at the first table of the designated Aid Stations. No glass, metal or unsealed bottles will be accepted.

Event Shuttle Service

Make your race morning transportation stress-free and use our easy shuttle service to get you from Queenstown direct to the start line of the Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race. (Note - there are no pick up's on route to the start line, this is a direct shuttle).

If you didn't book this service when you entered, you can log in to your My Events Portal to make additional purchases under your profile. All online transport tickets must be purchased before 5pm Wednesday 18 November. You will be able to purchase tickets in person at Athlete Check-In from the Transport Desk.

 Start line  Time  Pick up Price
Half Marathon  5:45am - 7:00am Memorial Street  $15
Cigna 10km  6:15am - 6:45am Robins Rd  $10
NZ Sotheby's RE Marathon 6:45am - 7:25am Robins Rd  $15




Spectator Info

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Spectator Viewing Locations

To ensure your support crew, family and friends can see you out there on the event course and cheer you on, we have identified three great spectator viewing locations. Please view the spectator map and familiarise yourself with the best way to get around the course as a spectator and the access points for spectators.

Event Day Road Closures

There will be a number of road closures across Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown on event day. Download the road closure map  so you can plan accordingly.


Mobile App

The Queenstown Marathon mobile app is a fantastic tool for both athletes and supporters. It includes key information on all that is happening at the Queenstown International Marathon, including maps and an athlete tracker so you can follow your friends.


Finish Line Car Parking

The closest public car parking to the Queenstown Memorial Centre is on Boundary Street (off Gorge Road) approximately 100m away.  Parking is also close at Warren Park (accessed from Fryer St) and a $5 donation applies. There is also public parking at the Man Street car park approximately 300m away which can be accessed from Isle St, Hay St and right into Man St.

Sat, 21 Nov 2020