Sunday 20th September 2020

Race info

Dog rules

  • Only 1 dog per participant.
  • Dogs must hold a valid and current dog registration with their respective city council.
  • Minimum age for dog participation is 9 months (5&10km), 12 months (half marathon), and 15 months (full marathon). Age is as per age on race day.
  • Participants will be expected to be responsible/tolerant pet owners and must maintain effective control of their dog at all times.
  • Dogs will need to be well socialised and in a healthy enough condition to participate. No female dogs on heat please.
  • Training with your dog is recommended for all entry distances (considered essential for the half and full marathon).
  •  If any dog appears to be under distress or harm, the race day vet reserves the right to cease participation.
  • Dogs must wear a dog band (provided in your registration pack) around their collar that must include the dog’s name, participant race number, and an emergency contact number. This emergency contact must be available to pick up the dog in event of pet/owner separation, minor injury, or if the dog retires early from the event.
  • Participants must carry dog leads (no retractable leads please), fold away dog drinking cups, and biodegradable dog poop bags at all times (dog drinking cups will be part of the registration pack and dog poop bags will be provided on the day).
  • There will be compulsory vet checks at 17km (Half Marathon) and 16.5km/28km (Full Marathon) to assess the well being of dogs and their ability to continue to participate safely.
  • For safety reasons, all dogs will be required to be on the lead at the start/finish area. One kilometre from the start line, participants will be given the opportunity to have their dogs off lead if they are confident they can maintain effective control of their dog throughout the duration of the course. One hundred metres from the finish line, all dogs will be required to be back on lead again. Note: Dogs that are classified as ‘dangerous or menacing’ must be kept on the lead and muzzled at all times for the safety of other dogs/owners. Full marathon only: All dogs are required to be on lead for 10km from the 6.5km mark due to local bird habitat. This area will be signposted.
  • Human/dog retire policy – If both parties decide to retire, then please make your way to the nearest aid station and advise event marshals. If an owner wishes to continue without their dog, it is their responsibility to make sure that their dog is picked up and cared for by a friend/family member. This exchange can be achieved at vet check points, aid stations, and designated ‘Spectator Points’ (see course maps).
  • Please clean up after your dog.

Human rules

  • Minimum age for human participation is 10 years (5km), 12 years (10km), 16 years (half marathon), and 18 years (full marathon). Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Age is as per age on race day.
  • Your race bib number (timing transponder attached) must be pinned to the front of your shirt and be visible at all times.
  • At all times, obey instructions given to you by event officials and marshals. If asked to put your dog on a lead, then please comply.
  • Please note that Bottle Lake Forest will be open to the public so respect the rights of other walkers/runners, mountain bikers, and horse riders. The majority of the course avoids mountain bike and horse tracks but you will cross these tracks so be cautious. The main horse/mountain bike intersections will be sign posted.
  • Marathoners will need to have the capacity to carry 1.5L of water and it is recommended that half marathoners have the capacity to carry 1L of water.
  • Walkers are requested to walk no more than two abreast on narrow single trail. Please keep left and give way to faster runners on the right.
  • Please no wheeled conveyances e.g. bikes, wheel chairs, child buggies (single sand tracks will make these problematic).
  • Please no littering.

Training plans

Thank you to our sponsor, The Balanced Dog, for providing the training plans below:

Race registration

This will take place at the Bottle Lake Forest Visitor Centre (Waitikiri Drive) on Saturday 19 September between 1-4pm. There will be no race registration on the day. If you cannot make this time please arrange for another participant to pick up your race pack.

Race briefing and start times

  • Full marathon start time 7.30am (compulsory race briefing 7.15am)
  • Half marathon start time 9am (compulsory race briefing 8.45am)
  • 10km start time 9.30am (compulsory race briefing 9.15am)
  • 5km start time 10am (compulsory race briefing 9.45am)
  • Course closure and medical support ceases at 3pm

Transfers and refunds

  • Refunds requested up until Sunday August 23 will receive 50% of their entry fee.
  • Unfortunately entry fees are non refundable from 24 August.
  • Transfers to another person are permitted but include a $20 processing fee.
  • Transfers between distances are permitted as long as any increase in fee is paid. There will be no partial refunds if downgrading.
  • No person to person transfers or transfers between distances will be permitted from 4 September.
  • Transfers do not apply to future years.
  • In the event of any ‘Act of God’ causing cancellation of the event, total entry fees are non-refundable.

Event waiver

I have read all the information supplied on the website and accept the conditions of entry. I undertake to follow all event rules and instructions. I take personal responsibility for my/my dog’s fitness and actions during this event. I accept that exercising and participating in an event involving dogs has inherent risks. I understand that the event organiser cannot be held responsible for the actions of dogs, horses, or any members of the public during this event. As such I, my family, heirs and executioners of any estate discharge the event organiser, sponsors, and all other persons involved in the event of any liability, claims/damages related to personal injury, loss/damage to equipment, or any other matter arising from this event. I authorise my personal details, voice, and picture to be used without payment in any capacity related to the event. I understand that if I am under the age of 16 that this entry had to be made by my parent or guardian.