10km Route Description
The race starts at 10.30am just off Golf Course Road
The trail follows the Upper Waiau River firstly at river level before climbing up to higher terraces on three occasions. A relatively flat section with a few rises lets you reach the Lake Te Anau Control Structure where a drink station will greet you.
From there, the township of Te Anau will pop in and out of view, follow the great lake and mountain views, passing Tui Bay and the Bird Sanctuary and past the Marakura Yacht Club, before joining the lake trail along the waterfront to finish at Lions Park in the centre of Te Anau.
Elevation is between 190m and 240m.
Elevation map coming soon
On the Day
Collecting your bibs and race information
Althletes have twos options to collect their bibs in town
Friday night at Outside Sports in town 4pm – 6pm
Saturday at the Meridian Marquee in Lions Park 8am – 9.30am
Safety pins will be provided for the bibs
Last year Pure Sports Nutrition donated a 50g Energy Gel pack for each athlete and we are working on this for 2021
Those that have booked their bus ticket, can collect those. Transport will depart from Lions Park.
The Meridian Half Marathon starts at 10.30am so there will be a safety briefing before the race starts – time to be confirmed
Please follow directions of the race organiser on the day.
Parking is very limited at the start line
There will be a “drop trailer” available to leave personal items/ coats – please provide your own bag and ideally label it with your name. These will be transported to the finish line to collect there. No valuables please.
Transport to Start
Transport from the “check in” at Lions Park to the start is available at $15pp
Book your transport via your registration link.
• We will provide portaloos at the start line
• Near the Control Structure at the Kepler Track Main Car Park
• Bird Park Public toilets
• Finish line Public toilets and portaloos
Lions Park is in Te Anau town centre, easy walking distant to the cafes and accommodations
Golf Course Road Start
There will be limited parking for spectators and athletes here although we request all vehicles left are removed asap to allow space for emergency vehicles and the Half Marathon that also passed this location
Map of Route
Water Stations Enroute
This is a zero rubbish (cup free) event so we ask you bring your own container
Suitable “SpeedCups” are available from most sports shops in New Zealand.
Water will be available at the following locations:-
• Start line
• Te Anau Control Gates
• Finish line
Prizegiving will be at the Meridian Marquee, at the finish line. Time to be confirmed
Finishers medals are included for all “Meridian Hydro Half Marathon” athletes that complete the race before end of day and pack up time
1st Male $150 & 1st Female $150
2nd Male $70 & 2nd Female $70
3rd Male $50 & 3rd Female $50
Some of these will be awarded during the race to be collected as you finish to allow athletes that arrive after prize giving to be eligible, Some will also be awarded at prize giving.
There is parking close to the Te Anau Control Structure at the Kepler Track carpark and at the waterfront near the yacht club
Finally we encourage you to cheer the athletes through town and at the finish line at Lions Park.
Golf Course Road Start
There will be limited parking for spectators and athletes here
Marakura Yacht Club
There is some parking available near the Marakura yacht club.
A good parking option is at the DOC Visitor Centre long term car park and also parking and toilets at the adjacent Ivon Wilson Park.
Lions Park finish line
This is in the centre of Te Anau town with ample parking and a short walking distance to the cafes and accommodations
Health & Safety
If any participant becomes distressed or exhausted – the Safety Director or Race Director has the right to withdraw that person from the event.
Runners and walkers should be quite certain that they are fit enough and sufficiently well trained to complete this event. If you are unsure about your general health or fitness consult your family doctor before embarking on a training program. There are many running/ walking training programs available on the net.
Road Closures/ Course Safety
There will be limited road closures in Te Anau… however runners and walkers should remain vigilant, obey normal pedestrian rules and respect other trail users at all times.
The trail is still open to the public although usually quieter in Winter. However, runners and walkers should constantly be on alert and follow all directives from the course safety marshals.
Runners and walkers must follow the indicated channeling of the cones where necessary.
Walkers should walk no more than two abreast and keep single file/ to the left on narrower sections of the course to allow runners to pass safely.
You will be able to view the list of registrations after registration goes live