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Rugged but runnable – up into the “ Backwoods of Nelson” and along the sub alpine mineral belt. Sweeping views out to a glittering Tasman Bay await you as you descend New Zealand’s first railway line to the finish.

From the Maitai Dam, the route ascends to the Dun Mountain Saddle (875m) following the south branch of the Maitai River. Taking the Coppermine Saddle track and downhill along New Zealand’s first railway line, through Third House and finishing at the OK Corral, Brook Street, Nelson. This is a testing run – but not impossible.

Start: Maitai Dam in wave starts, based on your honest half marathon estimate. First wave will begin at 8.30am.

Entry Criteria – To enter this event you must be capable of running a half marathon on the road in under 2 hours and 45 minutes or equivalent.



Leading up to this event we will be sending out ‘pre-event’ emailers, that will give you important information. Watch this space for when you will receive them…

2020 Event

#1 – June 28th 2020

#2 – July 26th 2020

#3 – August 9th 2020

#4 – August 16th 2020

Please let us know if you have not being receiving our pre-event emailers as these will have important event information in them.


Entry fee is $85 (2020)
Discounted opening offer of $70 now extended to the first 200 entries – offer closes 5pm June 21st.


If you can complete a half marathon in under 2.45 hours then you can enter The Original Dun Run 26km (so if you are a Trailwalker and meet the time criteria then you can enter The Dun Run in 2020. Please note: There is no separate category for walkers)

The minimum age of competitors is 16 years for the Original course.

If you are unsure of your suitability please email us at [email protected] and we can discuss.

Please note that all competitors compete at their own risk and the Organising Committee will accept no liability for any mishap or injury, or loss/damage to personal property during the event.

Please see Nelson Event Policies for further details.

In the event of extreme weather/health/environmental conditions, the Organising Committee reserves the right to substitute an alternative course, postpone or if necessary, cancel the event.


Withdrawals must be received via email to [email protected]

Withdrawals received by 1st of July will be refunded in full less a $30.00 administration fee.

Withdrawals received by the 15th of July will be refunded $35 of entry fee.

Withdrawals received after this date are not eligible for a refund.

Please note entries cannot be transferred to other competitors, other events or future editions of this event.

Entry to the 2020 Event will open 5pm Friday 12th June


The Start

Maitai Dam in wave starts, based on your honest half marathon estimate.

You will be advised of your wave start closer to the event date.

Waves will begin from 8.30an.

The Finish

Andrews Farm, Tantrgee Road, Brook Valley.

Check In and Race Pack Collection

Check in, race pack (race number and any pre-ordered merchandise) collection, gear check and briefing will be conducted at the start line for each event.

There will be a designated vehicle for you to leave any gear you want taken through to the finish line (please keep this to a minimum). Just check in with crew as to where to place this.

Course Check in is 40mins before your Wave start at the Maitai Dams.

Post-Race Function

Prizegiving function – venue and timing to be confirmed.


Performance and spot prizes will be awarded

Numerous spot prizes will be awarded, however, to be eligible winners must be at the prizegiving function.


Map sourced from Nelson City Council website.


The Dun Run starts at the Maitai Dam (about 12km from Nelson City). Transport to the start is available and will leave the OK Corral (finish line area) from 7am  and will be confirmed in the pre-event emailers ($15 cost). This must be pre-booked. The finish is at the OK Corral, Brook Street, Nelson.

Travelling from the North Island?

Then check out the Interislander Group rates below (Group rates quoted for Nelson Events 2019/20)

Booking Reference: GM5605

The below rates are based on return travel, prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability.

FARES: Off Peak Each Way (01 March – 8 April 2020 & 15 April – 15 December 2020)
PASSENGERS: Adult $48;  Premium Lounge $55 18yrs plus; Child $26
VEHICLES/EQUIPMENT: Car/Ute/4×4/Trailer up to 5.5 $124 each (additional half metre $22), Campervan up to 5.5 $145 (additional half metre $37), Motor Bikes $42, Kayaks $15 each, Pushbikes $15 each

FARES: Peak Each Way (01-29 February 2020 & 9-14 April 2020)
PASSENGERS: Adult $53;  Premium Lounge $55 18yrs plus; Child $26
VEHICLES/EQUIPMENT: Car/Ute/4×4/Trailer up to 5.5 $137 each (additional half metre $24), Campervan up to 5.5 $170 (additional half metre $42), Motor Bikes $52, Kayaks $15 each, Pushbikes $15 each

Group Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander – Online at
NOTE: Putting GM5605 into the Discount Code box.

Every reservation will be given an expiry/payment date, required to be paid in full by that date.
Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
90% refundable if cancelled prior to final check in time – no refund if cancelled after.
Email confirmation of event entry to be shown at check in – otherwise full retail fares will be charged.
Prices subject to change with notification.
Fares valid from 01 February through to 15 December 2020


The Dun Run - Top Men Under 1.55hrs
Patrick Higgins1.48.392019
Matt Ogden1.51.182019
Martin Cox1.53.092005*
Callum Wilkie1.54.092019
Patrick Higgins1.54.282017
* Denotes Old Course via Dun Saddle
The Dun Run - Top Women Under 2.15hrs
Paula Canning2.05.282016
Paula Canning2.06.492017
Paula Canning2.09.482019
Josie Wilcox2.12.142009*
Angela Leck2.12.182019
Caitlin Fielder2.13.572016
* Denotes Old Course via Dun Saddle
The Dun Run - Course Race Records
Age GroupNameTimeDate
Under 40 MenPatrick Higgins1.48.392019
Under 40 WomenJosie Wilcox2.12.142009*
40-49 MenDave Keen1.56.452017
40-49 WomenPaula Canning2.05.282016
50-59 MenStu Cottam2.09.012016
50-59 WomenMarianne Timpson2.39.362019
60+ MenNorman Carrington2.31.002004*
60+ WomenPat Boland3.34.582002*
(*old course)


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