Race Day: September 30th 2018
Venue: Windsor Reserve, Devonport
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 now available for download – just click the button below to make it yours!
|28 May 2018||Online registration opens.|
|22 Jul 2018||Earlybird entry rates expire.|
|02 Sep 2018||Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.|
|02 Sep 2018||Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.|
|23 Sep 2018||Family entry packages expire.|
|24 Sep 2018||Race Week entry rates apply.|
|29 Sep 2018||4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.|
|29 Sep 2018||9pm: Online registration closes (if not already sold out)|
|30 Sep 2018||Race Day!|
Race Day Schedule
|6:30am||Late entry & race day registration opens|
|7:30am||Warm Up at Main Stage|
|7:35am||All 10k, 15k and 21k participants assemble on Victoria Rd|
|7:40am||Compulsory race briefing – 10K and 15K|
|7:45am||RACE START 10K Classic & 15K Hit Out|
|7:48am||RACE START 10KM Competitive Walk|
|7:55am||Compulsory race briefing – Half Marathon|
|8:00am||RACE START 21K|
|8:03am||RACE START 21K Competitive Walk|
|9:15am||Compulsory race briefing – 5km (@ Main Stage)|
|9:20am||5K – Walk to start line (Clarence St is 650m from race site)|
|9:30am||RACE START 5K Fun Run & Walk|
|10:15am||Compulsory race briefing – Kids’ Dash (@ Main Stage)|
|10:25am||Move to start line (Ferry Terminal)|
|10:30am||RACE START 2km Kids’ Dash|
|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 September 2nd – should already have their race number. If you registered with an Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS) Series 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 Devonport 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 September 2nd, 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 6:30am. 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.
Mizuno Technical Event T-shirt
Title sponsor, Mizuno, have put together a great t-shirt package for you to celebrate your participation in the event. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – click on “Athlete Log In” at the top of the page and you can add one to your cart. Don’t delay, however, because sizes are limited and these shirts normally sell out. You will be able to pick up your t-shirt, and any other merchandise you ordered, from the registration tent on race day.
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 Devonport Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative Finisher Dog Tag. We award a dog tag medal at our Devonport event as it is in keeping with the many military institutions in the area (many representatives of whom take part in the event).
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!
The Mizuno Devonport Half Marathon employs two minor road closures around the race site to help ensure that all participants get the best experience on race day.
- From 7am to 8:30am, Victoria Road will be closed from Clarence Street until shortly before the ferry terminal
- From 6am to 11am, King Edward Parade will be closed from Victoria Road to Buchanan Street
Running Events would like to place on record our thanks to Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the local Devonport residents for bearing the inconvenience caused to allow the event to take place in a safe and enjoyable environment.
It is important to note that much of the street parking in the centre of Devonport has a one-hour time limit. If you are thinking you might just take your chances on a Sunday morning … Do Not. Auckland Transport have already informed us that traffic wardens will patrol the area on race morning specifically to discourage this. So please, please, don’t give yourself a nasty headache to come back to after the event.
If you are parking, arrive at the venue in plenty of time and expect a 10-15 minute walk from your parking space to the finish line. Try for un-metered street parking on the major roads; King Edward Parade (east of Buchanan St), Queens Parade (west of Anne St) or up on Calliope Rd. You may also find street parking in the residential streets outside of the centre. These words are our best guess only – you are fully responsible for your own decisions. Please be sure to check parking signs and comply with the parking rules posted – or expect a shock when you return to your vehicle.
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
Important! There are no merit prizes for the 15k event. The 15k distance is a training event for those aiming for the Auckland Marathon.
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!
|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.
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.