South Island Half Marathon

Lake Hood

South Island Half Marathon

Sunday 2nd August 2020 - Lake Hood

Covid - 19 Announcement

New Zealand is currently on a Level 2 restriction with Covid-19 and an announcement, at the latest on 22 June when New Zealand will move to Level 1.   We are planning for the South Island Half Marathon to be held on Sunday the 2nd of August 2020.  We are anticipating that we will be at least at Level 2 and hopefully at Level 1.  We are unsure yet if there will be limitations on crowd gatherings at Level 1.   With this in mind we are limiting the number of competitors to 350. 

South Island Half Marathon, in it's history has always been well over 350 competitors and generally around 900 competitors.  With this in mind, we do urge those that haven't entered, to do so.  If the event was to be cancelled with further restrictions, we would transfer you to next years South Island Half Marathon or to the Canterbury Half or Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon's, those competitors that take out the Insurance would be fully repaid their entry fee. 

We have had a lot of inquiries about the event from the North Island and Australia.  With boarders closed and flights throughout New Zealand limited. This is making it impossible for International competitors to take part and difficult and expensive for North Island competitors.  To accommodate those competitors and those that will miss out because the numbers will be limited, we are offering the half marathon and 7km as a Virtual Half Marathon and Virtual 7km, run or walk.  Competitors can register as per normal but click the Virtual Run or Walk.  After the event we will put your results up as a Virtual Race and send you out your medal. 

Half Marathon (21km)

  • Run
  • Hybrid
  • Walk

1/6th Marathon (7km)

  • Run
  • Walk

Kidz Dash (1.5km)

  • 7 - 12 year olds
  • On hold depending what Level of restrictions are in place with Covid-19

The South Island Half Marathon is being held on Sunday 2nd August 2020 at Lake Hood Ashburton. This beautiful lake will host the South Island Half Marathon and 1/6 Marathon.

Held in the beautiful Lake Hood catchment, the run will see runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views throughout the run.  Then some of the most amazing home and garden settings and reserves in the South Island.

South Island Half Marathon will cater for all runners; whether you’re a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest half’s you’ve ever done.

There will be a walking section in both the ½ and 1/6 marathon, plus the introduction of a Hybrid in the 1/2 marathon this year "This allows you to run a bit and walk a bit".  With the Kidz Dash being a 1.5km run, this giving them a flavour of the experience of running at the lake and subdivision. (A decision will be made on the KIDZ Dash once we know what Level we are at with Covid-19)

The Minimum age for the Half Marathon is 13-years of age on Race Day and the 7km is 10-years of age on Race Day.

Start Times:

  • All Walkers and Hybrid will start at 9:30am with race brief at 9:25am.
  • All Runners will start at 10:00am with race brief at 9:50am. 
  • The Kidz Dash will start at 10:08am with race brief at 10:05am