Race One: 29 September 2019
Mizuno Devonport Half Marathon
Race Two: 1 December 2019
Omaha Half Marathon
Race Three: 9 February 2020
Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon
Race Four: 15 March 2020
GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon
Grand Finale: 5 April 2020
Waterfront Half Marathon
|26 May 2019||Super earlybird entry rates expire.|
|21 Jul 2019||Earlybird entry rates expire.|
|29 Aug 2019||Last opportunity to claim 75% refund (Series Pass only) for withdrawal.|
|01 Sep 2019||Last chance to claim free delivery of your hoodie and race numbers.|
|22 Sep 2019||Series Pass registrations CLOSE!|
|28 Sep 2019||4-5pm: Pre-race registration at Devonport Half Marathon.|
|29 Sep 2019||From 6am. On site registration at Devonport.|
|29 Sep 2019||Race One: Devonport Half Marathon|
|01 Dec 2019||Race Two: Omaha Half Marathon|
|09 Feb 2020||Race Three: Coatesville Half Marathon|
|15 Mar 2020||Race Four: MaraetaiHalf Marathon|
|05 Apr 2020||Grand Finale: Waterfront Half Marathon|
Every person who purchases an Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass will also receive – FREE! – the official 2018/19 Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series hoodie. There is no better way to stay warm on race morning as you await your call to the start line than snug inside our super-comfortable hoodie!
The design of the 2019/20 hoodie will be released soon. In the meantime, the 2018/19 hoodie is shown below for reference only. When booking your series pass, you will be asked to select your size and it’s important you get this bang on as all hoodies are made months in advance and numbers are strictly limited. Check out the size guide below:
Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite hoodie to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the hoodie laid on a flat surface. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the collar (not the hood). The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.
Event Finisher Medal
Each event that is part of the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series will award a finisher medal to each finisher, irrespective of the distance they competed at. Each medal is unique to that particular event – for more details see the individual event web sites.
Half Marathon Finisher Tokens
In addition to the standard finisher medal, each and every finisher – in the 21km half marathon distance only – will also receive an AHMS finisher token.
Grand Slam Medal
Each person who earns all five tokens in a single season (meaning they have personally finished the 21km distance at Devonport, Omaha, Orewa, Coatesville and Waterfront Half Marathons) will receive the amazing Grand Slam mega-medal as a memento of your superb achievement. Each of your finisher tokens fits inside the Grand Slam medal to make the ultimate runner’s blingfest!
The Grand Slam Medal will be available to collect at the Grand Finale after you finish. See the Grand Finale web site for precise details on how to collect your Grand Slam medal.
The Grand Slam medal will only be awarded to those who meet the qualification criteria. This means that they have recorded a 21km half marathon finish time at all four qualifier events (Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville and Maraetai) under the exact same name and date of birth. You can easily check this for yourself and it is your responsibility to do so if you feel you have qualified – by going to the Series Points link below and checking that the series points in your name for the Half Marathon Series show a finish time and points earned in all four lead-up events.
Important! If you do not have points recorded for all four lead up events, you will not be on the list to receive a Grand Slam medal at the Waterfront. We will not enter into any discussion about this on race day so you will be turned away without a medal.
Make Up Runs
We get it. There are many, many reasons (and we’ve certainly heard most of them) why you may be forced to miss one of the qualifier events leading up to the Series Grand Finale – thus invalidating your Grand Slam medal. Whilst being there on the exact day and doing the exact distance is exactly what the challenge is all about, we nevertheless understand how “normal life” can get in the way sometimes.
So we have developed the following rules to allow as many people as possible to validate their Grand Slam medal, whilst still maintaining the original objective – which is to create a challenge that is worth striving for. These rules will be applied without exception to everyone. There will be no variation from them whatsoever, so please take note and respect them:
- Make up runs are only available for the qualifier events (Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville and Maraetai).
- No finish at Waterfront = no Grand Slam medal.
- Only one make up run is permitted per competitor, per series.
- The make up run must take place within 10 days (before or after) the actual Event Date.
- Make up runs must follow the exact course of the original event and be completed within 4 hours, start to finish.
- A link to your make up run on Garmin Connect or Strava (no other evidence is acceptable – no exceptions) must be provided within 14 days of the original event
Under no circumstances will we even discuss any exceptions outside of these rules. Please do not ask, you will be turned down.
Remember … if it was easy, it would not mean so much!
It is a requirement of your participation in each event of the series that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it. When your race pack arrives with your hoodie – approximately two weeks prior to race one of the series – you will receive your individual race number for each of the series events. It is vitally important you wear the correct race number for each event and do not misplace any of them (see below).
Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.
Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 28 days prior to the first event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. All of these numbers will be delivered with your hoodie. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone else who has registered for a series pass. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.
Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.
When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.
Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.
Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.
Running Events, organisers of the Auckland Half Marathon Series welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.
Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.
Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.
Important! Hybrid run/walk competitors should start on the same start horn as the runners. For the 21K and 10K distances, Competitive Walk participants should start on the dedicated walkers start which will be three minutes after the main field.
Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.
How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.
Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.
The Grand Finale of the Auckland Half Marathon Series will include a special section to acknowledge the top place-getters in the series. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for the Grand Finale for times.
Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:
- Top 3 men and women overall in …
- Half Marathon Run Series,
- Half Marathon Competitive Walk Series,
- Classic Run Series,
- Classic Competitive Walk Series
- Age group champions in the Half Marathon Run Series
Series Points – How Are They Calculated?
The calculation method for series points for the 2018/19 Series will be different from that previously used. We believe the new method will result in fairer results and help to smooth out the peaks and troughs encountered due to differing participation levels at each event.
Series points will be awarded based on where you finished relative to the winner in your gender for that distance (and also the winner in your age group for those in the half marathon run series). The first placed male and female athletes in each category receive 100 points, and then subsequent finishers are awarded points as a percentage of the winner’s time. That means that, no matter how long you take to finish, you will always earn some points in your season-long quest for greatness!
Important! Once again, we will be offering DOUBLE POINTS for the Grand Finale. That means the overall winners at the Waterfront Half Marathon will receive 200 points instead of 100 … and so on down the line. So make sure you save your best til last!
Important! Although you do not need to complete all five events in the series to achieve an overall placing, it will obviously be difficult to win your category unless you do.
Important! For the Half Marathon Run Age Group Series competition, your age group will be based on your age as at Race One in the series. Trophies will be presented to the following age groups (both male and female): Under 20 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, 70 years & over.
It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing at each event. Above all else, however, please understand that – event where roads are closed – we cannot guarantee they will be traffic free. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.
Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.
Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan for any event in the series is available from Running Events on request.
Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.
Series Points Standings
Grand Slam Medal
The Grand Slam medal is a unique feature of the Auckland Half Marathon Series.
Each and every runner and walker who completes the 21km half marathon distance at any qualifying event will receive an AHMS finisher token alongside the normal finisher medal for that event. Collect a token from every event in the series in the same season and we’ll have a Grand Slam medal waiting for you at the finish line of the Grand Finale. The Grand Slam medal has recesses to fit all your individual token inside and, together, they make the most outrageous race blink in New Zealand! It’s a fitting momento of an eight-month long journey completed. Onya!