Running Events started life in 2010 at the modestly attended – but beautifully formed – Coatesville Classic. There may have only been 234 registered athletes, but it was the start of something big! Back then, we didn’t even have an arch for the start line – everyone just lined up between two cones and took off on the “classic” 8k loop. How times have changed since then and you’ll now find the big Running Events truck stuffed to the gills with fencing, flags, inflatable arches, timing gear, sound gear … whatever it takes to produce events of the very highest quality and excitement.
Running Events own and produce four running properties which attract over 20,000 entrants registrations each year. These are the Auckland Half Marathon Series, the North Shore Run Series (formerly known as the Albany Lakes Summer Series), the Corporate Challenge Series and the Tauranga Marathon. In a few short years, the Auckland Half Marathon Series has grown to be the biggest run series in the country. The series brings together five of the best half marathons you will find anywhere – Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville, Maraetai and the stunning Auckland Waterfront. We guess you must agree because the series now attracts over 12,000 entrants.
Having become the undisputed market leader in half marathons, the team at Running Events were excited to take on the challenge of producing a full length marathon in Tauranga for the first time in September 2019.
How did this tiny enterprise producing for 200 runners get to be one of the biggest mass participation event producers in the country?
Our secret is simple … we’re runners too.