The inaugural Mackenzie Half Marathon is a fantastic way to explore the stunning Fairlie basin, the Gateway to the Mackenzie.
Starting from the Village Green in the heart of Fairlie, the three running/walking events (5.5 km, 10 km and 21.1km) cater for all levels of ability and fitness.
Start times will be staggered throughout the morning to ensure entrants can support each other.
The Mackenzie Half Marathon, the headline event, kicks off at 9.30am for participants with an estimated race time of over three hours, and 10am for everyone else. This exciting course includes river walkway tracks, river crossings and views that will take your breath away…. unless the hill climb does that beforehand!
The 10km ‘River Dip’ starts at 10.30am, followed by the 5.5km ‘Flat Jack’ at 10.45am.
The Flat Jack is the only event that does not include a river crossing, but wet feet may still be on the menu if there has been a lot of rain as the river track can get quite puddly!
Afterwards why not stay awhile and enjoy some High Country hospitality! Grab a pie at the famous Fairlie Bakehouse, browse the shops with their fine array of goodies and clothes or maybe a game of mini golf. Tekapo is a 30 minute drive away if you want to soak your muscles in the hot pools. If you're still feeling energetic take a hike to the top of Mount John and enjoy stunning views of the mountains and lakes. And why not stay until Easter Monday to experience the Mackenzie Highland Show - the largest 1 day show in the southern hemisphere!
Here's a hard case preview of the Half Marathon course
Half Marathon 21.1km
The main event! A hill climb, river crossing and views to take your breath away! Two start times for joggers and serious competitors.
River Dip 10km
Want to get your feet wet? This shorter run includes a section in the Opihi river and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Flat Jack 5.5km
Our shortest course is perfect for families running together or younger competitors. No river crossing or hills - just a great run in awesome countryside!