Recreation

Running

This guide looks at resources related to running in Christchurch. It has information on local running events.

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Events

Regular events are held throughout the year including the Shoe Clinic Asics 5K series around Hagley Park.

Christchurch Airport Marathon

The annual Christchurch Airport Marathon takes place on the Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

The event is a celebration of running and walking, for competition and for personal fitness challenges.

City 2 Surf

This annual run has been raced since the 1970s, attracting large crowds. Pioneering ultra-distance runner Don Cameron – who ran from ran from Sydney to Melbourne in 11 days to promote the 1974 Commonwealth Games – played a key role in establishing the event.

Tracks and training

Cover of Running Writing Robinson There are many paths and tracks around the city – favourite venues for running in Christchurch include Hagley Park, Bottle Lake Forest, Victoria Park and the Port Hills. Christchurch also has a range of walking programmes and walkways.

Commonwealth Games 1974

The 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch featured a feast of famous runners. The main venue was QEII Park, purpose built for the Games. New Zealander Dick Tayler won the 10,000 metre race on the opening day. Don Quarrie from Jamaica blasted the competition away with two sprint titles.

On the closing day Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi won the 1500 metres after an epic battle with New Zealand’s John Walker – both men broke the world record. The national records of five countries Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand – were all broken in this race.