About the Omaha Half Marathon

Auckland’s most beautiful beachside suburb is less than an hour from the city.

If the three things you are looking for in your next running or walking event are “flat”, “fast” and “stunningly beautiful” – then you’ve come to the right place! Magical Omaha, less than an hour – and about a million miles – away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland City plays a most gracious host to the Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon.

The event is based in Rahui Te Kiri Reserve in southern (or “new”) Omaha, surrounded by multi-million dollar beach pads and billion dollar views. All events start on Omaha’s pristine and peaceful suburban roads and finish with a winding run through the reserve with cheering spectators hanging over the fences Tour de France style!

The half marathon course is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful – and fast – you will find anywhere. It features a full circumnavigation of the Omaha Peninsula, including 2km on the hard packed white sands of Omaha beach. Added to this is an out-and-back over the causeway and around the coastal reserve at historic Point Wells. Throughout, you are treated to wide sea views and the water is never more than a stone’s throw away. Both the 5k and 10k runs follow the route around the peninsula, with the 5k turning around near the surf club whilst the 10k continues right up to the bird sanctuary at the northern tip.

Driving to the event on race morning is easy, but why not make a weekend of it? Omaha is replete with holiday home rentals suitable for all budgets, from Russian oligarch down to those of more modest means. Take on the challenge of the Omaha Half Marathon, then settle onto the deck of your rental for a BBQ and a well-earned glass of wine!

The perfect escape from the pre-Christmas madness, a fun and fitness filled day or weekend awaits at Omaha this year. C’ya there!


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Entry Fees

Half Marathon

  • Race Day | Fee Info
  • 14 yrs & over

10km Classic

  • Race Day | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

5km Fun Run & Walk

  • Race Day | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

2km Kids' Dash

  • Race Day | Fee Info
  • Ages 3 – 10 yrs

Family 5k Pass

  • 2 Adults/1 Child | Fee Info
  • Extra Child (U16) $10

Your Entry Includes …

  • Superb Race Organisation
  • Finisher Medal

  • Fully Pimped Out Race Number
  • Running Events Gift

  • Electronic Timing & Instant Results

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon.

Race Day: 2 December 2018

Venue: Rahui Te Kiri Reserve, Omaha

Start Times

Half Marathon Start – 7:30am
10K Start – 8:30am
5K Run/Walk Start – 9:30am
Kids Dash Start – 10:30am

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience. The Race Guide is available now!


Important Dates

Date Details
30 July 2018 Online registration opens.
23 Sep 2018 Earlybird entry rates expire.
02 Nov 2018 Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.
04 Nov 2018 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
25 Nov 2018 Family entry packages expire.
26 Nov 2018 Race Week entry rates apply.
01 Dec 2018 4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.
01 Dec 2018 9pm: Online registration closes (if not already sold out)
02 Dec 2018 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

When? What’s Happening?
6:00am Late entry & race day registration opens
7:15am Compulsory race briefing – Half Marathon
7:25am Walk to start line
7:30am RACE START Half Marathon Runners
7:33am RACE START Half Marathon Competitive Walk
8:15am Compulsory race briefing – 10K Classic
8:25am Walk to start line
8:30am RACE START 10K Classic
8:33am RACE START  10K Competitive Walk
9:15am Compulsory race briefing – 5km Fun Run & Walk
9:25am Walk to start line
9:30am RACE START 5km Fun Run & Walk
10:15am Compulsory race briefing – Kids’ Dash
10:25am Move to start line
10:30am RACE START 2km Kids’ Dash
11:00am Awards ceremony and spot prizes
11:30am CLOSE Event Concludes

Race Pack Pickup

The vast majority of race numbers have already been distributed for this event:

  • If you entered the event as part of a Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass, then you already have race numbers for all five events in the series. You are good to go.
  • If you registered for the event online before November 5th, your race number was sent to you in the mail. You are good to go.
  • If you registered after November 5th, your race number has to be collected from the race site. We have two opportunities for you to do this:
  1. Pop-up Registration is available from 4pm – 5pm at the finish line on Rahui Te Kiri Reserve the night before the event
  2. Race Day Registration opens at 6am on race morning. Again, just look for the big green Registration tent near the finish line.

Important! Whichever registration you plan to come along to, please remember to bring your e-ticket, it makes things so much quicker and easier for everyone. You can show us your e-ticket on your mobile device or go old school and print it out.

Important! If you received your race number in the mail, remember to bring your voucher to claim your free Running Events number belt. Sorry, no voucher = no belt for you!

Event T-shirt

The Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon event t-shirt is available to purchase when you register. Made from light-weight, dry-fit material, the shirt design features the event logo. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – add it to your registration later. You can pick up your t-shirt from the Merchandise tent at the venue during pre-race registration or on race day. The t-shirt design will be available soon.

Important! All of our t-shirts are produced months in advance of the event and quantities and sizes are strictly limited. Please order your t-shirt early – once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Cost: $25


Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
Chest (cm) 50 53 56 60 64
Length (cm) 74 76 78 80 82


8 10 12 14 16 18
Chest (cm) 45 47 49 51 54 57
Length (cm) 62 64 66 68 70 72

Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite t-shirt to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the t-shirt laid on a flat surfaces. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt. The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.

2018 T-shirt

2017 T-Shirt

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event 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.

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 event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. 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.

Timing Tag

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.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes the Mike Pero Omaha Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative finisher medal. In keeping with the “beach and bach” theme of the event, the medal also doubles as a fridge magnet and features a different coastal or beach motif each year. If you are lucky enough to have a bach to call your own, the fridge is the perfect place to display it. If not, stick it on the fridge until you do!

Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS)
Additionally, as this event is part of the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series, all finishers in the half marathon distance will also receive an AHMS finisher token. Each person who earns all five tokens in a single season (meaning they have personally finished the 21km distance at Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville, Maraetai and Waterfront Half Marathons) will receive an 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!

2018 Finisher Medal

2017 Finisher Medal

Road Closures

There are no extended road closures in place for the Omaha Half Marathon, however our crew will temporarily halt traffic near the race venue for a few minutes to allow the events to start safely.

  • From 7:25am to 7:35am: Paraoa Cres & Mangatawhiri Rd south of Paraoa Cres northern end
  • From 8:25am to 8:35am: Paraoa Cres & Mangatawhiri Rd south of Paraoa Cres southern end
  • From 9:25am to 9:35am: Taumata Rd & Mangatawhiri Rd south of Rahui Te Kiri Reserve

Important! See also the parking information tab for information on no-park and no-drive zones for competitors.

Important! Running Events are indebted to Auckland Transport for their assistance in helping us provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our participants on race day. We are especially thankful to the residents and road users of Omaha for their patience and understanding whilst the event takes place.


With potentially over 2,000 people taking part and a single road in and out of the venue, it will be busy and congested on race morning. Please, please, don’t be one of those people who just abandon their car wherever it suits them, causing great inconvenience and a potential safety hazard for the local residents and other participants. We ask (plead!) that all competitors take note of the parking information below and arrive at the venue with a clear plan of where to park and how long it will take you to reach the event venue. Please be aware that all events will start precisely on time.

There are three primary parking options to select from. Your selection will largely be determined by how early you plan to arrive at the race site but we advise ALL COMPETITORS to allow AT LEAST FIFTEEN MINUTES in their race morning plan to get from their vehicle to the race venue.


The most desirable parking on race day is right in the Rahui Te Kiri Reserve – our race venue. We can fit approximately 200 vehicles into the western side of the reserve and a sealed parking area opposite the entrance. We expect this parking to fill very early with half marathon competitors.


Option 2 is to park on the non-seaward side of Mangatawhiri Road and in designated parking areas on Tohora Cres. There is also a 40-space car park approx 100 metres north of the northen side of Paraoa Cres.

Important! No parking is permitted on the seaward side of Mangatawhiri Rd and no access is available to Paraoa Cres. Mangatawhiri Rd will be blocked for competitors north of Paraoa Cres just prior to 7:30am.


For those taking part in the 10K, 5K or 2K, your most likely parking options are on Mangatawhiri Rd – and any side roads – north of the northern end of Paraoa Cres. From 8:40pm, Paraoa Cres itself will be available for parking. In the past, the “high tide mark” of parked vehicles has not extended further north than Tuna Place, which is a comfortable 10 minute walk/jog to the finish line.

Parking Map

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Brooks running shoes and the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watch. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:

  • Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
    • Half Marathon Run,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
    • 10K Classic Run,
    • 10K Classic Competitive Walk
    • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over


Thanks to the good guys at Metro Run and the Auckland YMCA club, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. Our pacers will be wearing a black Run More tshirt or singlet and a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. Look out for the coloured flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the finish line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!

Target Time Colour
1’30” White
1’40” Green
1’50” Blue
2’00” Red
2’10” Yellow
2’20” Orange (subject to availability)

Information For Walkers

Running Events 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.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. 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 is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Remember that other a small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Even where a road closure is in place, we cannot guarantee the course will be traffic free. Stick to the pavement where directed to do so and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

Half Marathon

The Omaha Half Marathon features a beautiful coastal route that takes in the many highlights of the Omaha Peninsula and nearby Point Wells. the course features a variety of running surfaces and some of the most amazing views you will find anywhere. All of this on a flat and fast route that is sure to see lots of PBs!

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Classic

The 10K Classic takes runners and walkers on a full loop around the Omaha Peninsula across a variety of surfaces with stunning views around every corner. Boardwalk, beach, utility trail and road – the one constant is that this course is flat and fast!

Half Marathon Course Map

5K Fun Run & Walk

If the longer distances are not your thing – or you want to blast a super-quick time without any running on the beach – the 5K fun run and walk is for you!
After a loop around the scenic reservoir, the 5K follows the wide beachside path north towards the Surf Club before turning onto Mangatawhiri Rd. From there, you’ll join the half marathoners for the return stretch back to the finish line and your well deserved finisher medal!

Half Marathon Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

Feel the thunder! We expect a huge line up of adults to cheer on the kids as they take centre stage for 2K dash. The dash starts on Taumata Rd, a safe and quiet cul-de-sac. The loop course takes all the kids right past the finish area half way through where plenty of whoops, cheers and encouragement will help carry them through the second km. And when they finish – an awesome finisher fridge magnet and a lolly to replace those lost sugar reserves!

Half Marathon Course Map

Venue Map

Welcome to the Omaha Half Marathon venue – the hidden gem of Rahui Te Kiri Reserve at the southern end of “new” Omaha. Nestled amongst the multi-million dollar beach homes of the rich and famous, the 300 metre long reserve runs all the way from Mangatawhiri Road to the dunes lining the white sand beach of Omaha.

The venue offers great views, space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the day, a truly magical approach to the finish line and on-site parking for over 100 vehicles. We know you will love it.

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of the Rotorua Half Marathon

“Very scenic and flat course.”

“Very scenic and flat course with great sunny weather! Not too far from Auckland and made for a quick weekend away. Loved the medal, friendly pacers and entertaining prize giving.” – Gah Chan (Half Marathon)

Stunning half marathon course right on Auckland’s back doorstep. This course easily has the measure of some bigger races that are marketed as ‘beautiful‘.

Mark Paterson, 10k Classic

Really well organised event that the whole community seems to get involved in. Beautiful half marathon course.

Michelle Trubshaw, Half Marathon

What an amazing half marathon. Just so beautiful to run around. Also pulled a PB which I am pretty proud of!

Alana Oliff, Half Marathon




2017 VIDEO
2016 VIDEO

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Running Events offer a 50% refund of the entry fee paid to anyone who is unable to take part in one of our events for medical reasons (or a 75% refund in the case of a Series Pass entry). Notification of your intent to withdraw must be made at least one calendar month prior to the event (in the case of a “Series Pass” entry – this must be one month prior to the first event in the series) using the online contact form on the event web site. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferral of race entries to future events under any circumstances.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please DO NOT ASK for an exception – you are wasting your time and ours. In fairness to all participants, we do not make exceptions to these rules under any circumstances.

Everyone registered in the event more than 4 weeks out from race day can expect to receive their race number (with timing tag attached to the back) 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Those who registered after this time will need to collect their race number from the venue during race weekend. Check the Info section of the web site for dates, times and locations for Race Packet Pickup.

If you ordered any merchandise, it will be available for collection on race morning from the Merchandise tent.

Our new timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your bib.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies the athlete and records the exact time at which the athlete passes the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain and sweat as the mechanical part of the tag is covered by a foam spacer but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do is make sure you have your bib attached to the front of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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