DUN RUN 2018

Thanks <<First Name>> for entering the first DUN RUN LONG COURSE
This email details
the course,
the start area
and Cut Off times, these are specific to the Long Course.



Starting in Central Nelson, next to the Trafalgar Street Bridge.

You will pass a mixture of urban and natural surroundings as you run alongside the Maitai River on the Maitai River Walkway.

There will be some track marking signs along the trail to help guide you, but you will be expected to know the course prior to event day.   A more detailed description of this section can be viewed here.  You must stay on the walkway at all times.

The Maitai River Walkway ends at the pedestrian pipeline bridge (approximately 7km ish up from the start).  Here, you will cross this pipeline bridge over the Maitai River.

From here you will continue your upwards journey, veering right and onto the road.  Run on the right hand side of the road up the Maitai Valley.  The unsealed road section lasts for approximately 2.5 km taking you through to Smiths Ford.

At the Ford you will take the Dun Mountain track on your RIGHT.

The Dun Mountain Track will sign post you to the Maitai Dam.
Follow this track which takes you along the side of the hill after a small climb.  You will join up with the Maitai Dam concrete water pipe. Keep on this track until you reach the Junction for Smith's Hill (Big Hill) Track (629 Smiths Ford climb) on the RIGHT.

You will then climb Smith's Hill carrying on up until you come out of the Pine tree coverage into newly felled land.
You will then reach the T- junction with 629 South Branch Climb, you will take the LEFT downhill. Follow this forestry road down and along the side of the hill till it joins with Bob Taylor Road (well formed forestry road).

The downhill run on Bob Taylor Road will take you directly into the Maitai Dam - Coppermine Saddle Track where you will join the Original Dun Run trail.

The route then ascends the Dun Mountain Saddle (875m) following the south branch of the Maitai River.  Taking the Coppermine Saddle track up you then traverse the backside of Wooded Peak, through to Third House and then downhill along New Zealand's first railway line, finishing at the new carpark at the end of Tantragee Road, Brook Street, Nelson. 

There are three checkpoints.  One at the bottom of Bob Taylor Road, one at Coppermine Saddle and one at Third House.

There will be one aid station - this will be unmanned and will be positioned at Smiths Ford.


Start Area

The Start Area is beside the Trafalgar Street Bridge over the Maitai River.
Location here.
There is ample parking for supporters at the iSite car park.

Registration is at the Start area and is open at 7:00am.
Race Briefing is 7:15am and the Start time for Long Course Competitors is 7:30am

Cut Off Time

The requirement to entering this event is that you can run a Half Marathon distance in under 2 hours.
Based on this expectation we have established a cut off time that we expect all Long Course entrants to have reached the end of Bob Taylor Road by.

This point is the first race number checkpoint for the Long Course and is approx 14.5km into the course.

The cut off time at the end of Bob Taylor Road is 2 hours after the race start.

These cut off times are enforced so crew and volunteers are not out on the course beyond our defined maximum times and to ensure our tail end crew can maintain sufficient coverage of the field.

Should you not make the cut off time you will accompanied off the course by Event Crew and transported to the finish area to be recorded in by Race Management.

If you have any concerns over your ability, or would like to change down to the original course, please get in touch by emailing

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