Cherry Blossom Marathon, Half Marathon,10 km & Kids 2.5 km

North Hagley Park Christchurch

Events for all the family in a safe and beautiful parkland setting.

About the event

COURSE CHANGE 10/09/20: Due to City Council restrictions we have had to change the course slightly. We will be using a 2.5 km loop within North Hagley Park instead of a 2.6 km loop. The finish area is still at Victoria Lake. See the new course map

COVID-19 UPDATE 06/09/20: This event will go ahead with a maximum of 100 participants, unless the local or national alert level changes to level 3 or 4, in which case it will be cancelled as per government restrictions.

Join us for a friendly and well-supported marathon event held under the blossoming cherry trees in North Hagley Park.


Marathon; Half marathon; 10 km; Kids 2.5 km


Vajin Armstrong (race director)
027 303 9978
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Emily Oliver (race admin)
021 069 3732
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  • The registration area and start/finish line is by Victoria Lake in North Hagley Park, Christchurch. 
  • Parking is available in the Botanic Gardens carpark - access from the Armagh Street bridge.
  • The course is a 2.5 km loop using pathways inside Hagley Park. See course map.
  • There will be one aid station offering water and Horley's Replace electrolyte drink.
  • Strollers are permitted.
  • Please be aware that the park will be open to the public during the event.

Event options:

  • 42.2 km Marathon (ages 17+)
  • 21.1 km Half Marathon (ages 15+)
  • 10 km (ages 14+)
  • Kids 2.5 km (ages 13 and under)
    • Parents or caregivers are welcome to accompany children in the 2.5 km race at no extra charge.


  • 07:15 - Marathon and Half Marathon registration opens
  • 08:00 - Marathon start
  • 08:15 - 10 km and Kids 2.5 km registration opens
  • 08:30 - Half Marathon start
  • 09:00 - 10 km and Kids 2.5 km start
  • 09:30 - Kids prizegiving
  • 10:30 - Half Marathon and 10 km prizegiving
  • 12:30 - Marathon prizegiving
  • 13:00 - Races cut-off (no official time given for finishers completing the course after this time)
Event Youth Adult Concession Late Entry
Kids 2.5 km (13 and under) $10 N/A N/A +$5
10 km (14 years +) $15 $20 $15 +$5
Half Marathon (15 years +) $35 $40 $35 +$5
Marathon (17 years +) $55 $60 $55 +$5
  • Youth entry is valid for entrants aged under 20 years of age on race date.
  • Concession entry for holders of current student ID, community services card, or aged 65 and over.
  • Online entries are open until midnight the Friday before event date.
  • On the day entries (cash only) are accepted with a $5.00 late entry fee until 15 minutes before the race starts.
  • All events are open (no age groups).
  • Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each event.
  • Certificates are available for all participants after the race.
  • Results and race photos are uploaded to the website during the week after the event.
  • A post-race breakfast is available from 9:30 am. The meal is complimentary for all participants. Supporters are welcome to purchase breakfast for $10.
  • The international Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is a non-profit organisation conducted by the Sri Chinmoy Centre.
  • Our races are held as a service to the running community to promote self-transcendence through sports.
  • A competitor at any Sri Chinmoy Race across the globe can be assured of the same high standard and quality of care.