Race Day: Sunday, 1 December 2019
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.
|14 Apr 2019||Half Marathon Series Pass Registrations open – click here.|
|29 Jul 2019||Online registration opens.|
|22 Sep 2019||Earlybird entry rates expire.|
|01 Nov 2019||Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.|
|03 Nov 2019||Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.|
|24 Nov 2019||Family entry packages expire. SOLD OUT|
|25 Nov 2019||Race Week entry rates apply. SOLD OUT|
|30 Nov 2019||4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue. SOLD OUT|
|01 Dec 2019||Race Day!|
Race Day Schedule
|6:00am||Late entry & race day registration opens – SOLD OUT – no race day registrations available|
|7:15am||Compulsory race briefing – 21K|
|7:20am||Warm Up at Main Stage|
|7:30am||RACE START Half Marathon (Runners & Hybrids)|
|7:33am||RACE START Half Marathon (Competitive Walk)|
|8:15am||Compulsory race briefing – 10K|
|8:20am||Warm Up at Main Stage|
|8:30am||RACE START 10k Classic (Runners & Hybrids)|
|8:33am||RACE START 10k Classic (Competitive Walk)|
|9:15am||Compulsory race briefing – 5K|
|9:20am||Warm Up at Main Stage|
|9:30am||RACE START 5K|
|10:15am||Compulsory race briefing – 2K|
|10:20am||Warm Up at Main Stage|
|10:30am||RACE START 2K|
|11:00am||Awards ceremony and spot prizes|
|11:30am||CLOSE Event Concludes|
Everyone who registered at least four weeks prior to the event – by midnight on November 3rd – should already have their race number. If you registered with an Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS) Pass, you will have received race numbers for all five events in the series – plus your free hoodie – by courier. For those entering just the Omaha event, your personalised race number will have arrived through the mail.
Keep your race number safe! Your race number includes your integrated, disposable timing tag on the back. Because of this, replacement bibs cost $10 – so don’t lose yours!
I Don’t Have My Race Number Yet!
If you registered after November 3rd, you will need to collect your race number (and hoodie if you purchased an AHMS Series Pass) from the Registration tent at the race venue on race weekend. There are two opportunities to do this:
- Pre-race registration runs from 4pm – 5pm at the race venue on the day prior to the event (Saturday)
- Race-day registration opens at 6:00am. We advise those who still have to collect their race number to allow a little bit more time on race morning.
The Registration Tent is easy to find once you get the event venue. Just look for the green marquee with “REGISTRATION” written on it!
Important! Remember to bring your e-ticket. It makes things so much quicker on race day. A link to your e-ticket was sent to you by email when you registered.
The 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 when you order online.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Everyone who finishes the Omaha Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive a stunning and exclusive commemorative Finisher Medal. The design for the 2019 medal will be revealed here closer to the event.
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
We have also requested a single lane closure of Point Wells Rd from Waimanu Place to the Matakana bike trail entrance.
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.
CAR PARK OPTION 1
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.
CAR PARK OPTION 2
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 all vehicles north of Paraoa Cres just prior to 7:30am and again just prior to 8:30am to allow the 21k and 10k events to start. If you arrive at the race site at this time, be ready to wait.
CAR PARK OPTION 3
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.
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.
We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Mizuno shoe vouchers and the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watches. 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.
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
The iTab is a self-adhesive metal plate which is delivered direct to your home approximately three weeks after your event with your name, distance and time engraved on it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement. Where possible, our finisher medals have a recess on the back to fit your iTab insert.
iTabs are available for the following events:
– Tauranga Marathon
– Devonport Half Marathon
– Omaha Half Marathon
– Coatesville Half Marathon
– Maraetai Half Marathon
– Waterfront Half Marathon
– Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam (will include all five of your half marathon finishing times in the series)
– North Shore Run Series Super Slam (will include all three of your finishing times in the series)
You can purchase an iTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $15 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam and North Shore Run Series Super Slam medals, they are $19. The price includes delivery to your door. If you didn’t order one when you registered – but would like to do so now – you can do it via My tiktok up until race week. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.
Thanks to the amazing team at the Auckland YMCA Marathon Club, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. We will have two pacers per finishing time, one will be wearing a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. The second will be wearing a race bib with the target time printed on it. Look out for their flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the start line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!
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.
The official cut-off times are:
3.5 hrs for the Half-Marathon
2 hrs for the 10km Classic
1 hr for the 5km Fun Run
Marshals, aid stations, traffic management, signage, etc. – may all be removed from the course on a schedule equal to the course cut off pace. If you are unable to maintain the course cut off pace, you must be ready to stop participating and make your way back to the finish area. At your option, you may elect to continue and complete the course at your own volition. This means you must carry sufficient water and nutrition for your needs, be able to direct yourself around the course and observe and care for your own safety. Where the event has been taking place on closed roads, you must move onto the footpath – where one exists – or to the side of the road and continue as a pedestrian.
Running Events want to encourage all of our participants to make it to the finish line – no matter how long it takes. The above conditions notwithstanding, we are normally at the race site conducting the awards ceremony or packing up the site for at least an hour after the official close off. Provided you make yourself known to us when you finish – and confirm that you followed the correct course – we will be delighted to record your finish time in the official results and present you with your finisher medal.
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.
Remember that other a very small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Stick to the pavement where one exists 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.