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 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!


Enter Now

Let’s do this! Sign up for the Omaha Half Marathon here …

Entry Fees

Half Marathon


10km Classic


5km Run/Walk


2km Kids' Dash



In these uncertain times, Running Events are doing everything we possibly can to ensure our events can go ahead. Based on the current information (which changes, like, *all* the time!), we can only proceed with a series event when Auckland is at Level 1 (i.e. no limits on mass gatherings). To give us the best possible chance to produce the events, we have booked contingency dates in addition to the original event date. We will publish details of these if/when they are required. If we do postpone any event – and you can’t make the new date – you’ll be able to transfer your entry or compete virtually (and receive an entry fee credit). Full details will appear here if needed.
Current Status: WE ARE 100% ON FOR DECEMBER 6, 2020.

SEE YOU IN 2021!

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the Omaha Half Marathon.



In these uncertain times, Running Events are doing everything we possibly can to ensure our events can go ahead. Based on the current information (which changes, like, *all* the time!), we can only proceed with a series event when Auckland is at Level 1 (i.e. no limits on mass gatherings). To give us the best possible chance to produce the events, we have booked contingency dates in addition to the original event date. We will publish details of these if/when they are required. If we do postpone any event – and you can’t make the new date – you’ll be able to transfer your entry or compete virtually (and receive an entry fee credit). Full details will appear here if needed.
Current Status: WE ARE 100% ON FOR DECEMBER 6, 2020.

Race Day: Sunday, 6 December 2020

Race Day
6 December 2020

Start Times

Half Marathon Start – 7:30am
10k Classic Start – 8:30am
5K Fun Run 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.


Important Dates

Date Details
01 Jun 2020 Half Marathon Series Pass Registrations open – click here.
03 Aug 2020 Online registration opens.
13 Sep 2020 Super-Earlybird entry rates expire.
11 Oct 2020 Earlybird entry rates expire.
08 Nov 2020 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
29 Nov 2020 Family entry packages expire.
30 Nov 2020 Race Week entry rates apply.
05 Dec 2020 4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.
06 Dec 2020 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Time Details
6:00am Late entry & race day registration opens
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

Start Line Congestion

We don’t want anyone to feel as though they can’t participate in the event. If you’re worried about starting close to people, we’ll have the start line open up to 15 minutes and you may start whenever you like in that period.  Please use this time to maintain social distancing if needed.  Your official time will not start until you cross the timing mats.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the refueling station, registration, gear drop and waste stations areas. Please help yourself as often as needed.

Important!  Please do not attend if you:

  • are unwell
  • are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • are waiting for a test result for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating.

Continue to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • Using the hand sanitiser located around the event site:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces

Switch to Virtual Run

It ain’t a thing unless you get that bling!

If you can’t make it to the event – but you are fully committed and dedicated to securing our superb finisher medal (and maybe even the stunning Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam awards) – then switching to the Virtual Run is the best option for you. If you want, we can send your finisher medal out to you by courier (at your expense) – or just let us know the next event you will be attending and we’ll put it aside for you to collect.

Some Important Conditions:

  • You’ll need to transfer from the physical event to the virtual event BEFORE the physical event starts. You will need to have created a my.runningevents account via the LOGIN section to do this and you can see how by clicking on the Virtual Race Transfer Cheat Sheet button below.
  • You can complete your virtual run any time from 00:00 on Saturday December 5th to 23:59 on Sunday December 6th.
  • Finish times recorded in the Virtual Runs are NOT eligible for Auckland Half Marathon Series points. However, a virtual run finish time in the 10k or half marathon DOES qualify to be counted for the GRAND SLAM series awards.
  • To record a virtual finish time, you need to use our Strava import function (you can find full instructions for doing this in this awesome document HERE) or else email us a screenshot or URL link to your GPS recorded activity. Use the “Contact Us” link here if you want to send us a file.
    Important! We only accept manual (non-Strava) activites from the Thursday after race day.
  • The Virtual Run results are declared FINAL at midnight on the day 7 days after the event.

Everyone who registered at least four weeks prior to the event – by midnight on November 8th – will have their race number sent out to them. 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 8th, you will need to collect your race number 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.

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 Omaha Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive a stunning and exclusive commemorative 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

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.


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 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.


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.

Spot Prizes

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.

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


The revTab 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 revTab insert.

revTabs 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)
– Run Devonport
– Run The Point
– Run Albany

You can purchase a revTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $15 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam, 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.runningevents.co.nz up until race week. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.


IMPORTANT!!  In line with social distancing recommendations, we will not have pacers for the 2020/21 season sorry.

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!

Target Time

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.

Cut-Off Times

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.

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 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.

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.

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

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




2019 VIDEO

Photo Gallery

Contact Us

Get answers to any question about your next Running Event …

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… we’ve listed the five questions we get asked most often in the list below. You can save yourself (and us!) a whole heap of time by checking these Questions and Answers to see if this might answer your query. There’s a good chance this will nail it and you’ll be all set!

Your question may also be listed in our Frequently Asked Question page found HERE

Your my.runningevents.co.nz dashboard allows you to make a variety of changes to your registration without even needing to ask us. How good is that? From within your account, you can update your contact details, upgrade or downgrade your race selection or transfer your entry to another person. You can also add additional items like t-shirts and revTabs to your registration and pay the extra online. Just click on the LOGIN  link in the menu and follow the prompts to access the system or create a new account. Provided your account is email validated, you will find all of your registrations listed here. Select the one you wish to change and follow the Make Changes options from there. If you do have any difficulties, please just get back to us through this Contact Form.

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

Important: Please do not ask for an exception. Our refund and transfer policy is clearly stated and applied evenly, without exception. We do not make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances whatsoever.

Single Race Registrations

  • If you registered at least 28 days prior to race day. your race number – with timing device attached – will be sent to you in the mail to the address specified in your registration. If you change address, make sure you let us know in time. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to the event.
  • If you registered within the last 28 days prior to race day, you will need to collect your race number from the Registration Tent at the event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Series Pass Registrations

  • If you registered for an Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass at least 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, all of your race numbers (for all of the series events) and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to the Devonport event. If you registered within the final 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, your race numbers and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Devonport event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.
  • If you registered for a North Shore Run Series Pass before the early December courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to Christmas. If you registered after the courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Race One event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details and to check the exact date of the courier deadline.


  • If you ordered any merchandise with your registration, it will be available for collection from the Merchandise tent at the event venue during either the pre-race or race morning registration times. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Our MyLaps disposable timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your race number.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies you and records the exact time at which you passed the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain, sweat and normal wear-and-tear – but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do to make sure your result is properly recorded is to wear your race number on the front of your shirt throughout the event. The tag is disposable – you do not need to return it after the event.

Important! Keep hold of your race number after you finish. You will need it to register for the prize draw at the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements.

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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