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Hanmer Holiday Homes

Alpine Marathon


Race Info

7 December 2024

The Alpine Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km is back for 2024! Supported by Hanmer Holiday Homes the Alpine Marathon starts and finishes at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp and runs through the picturesque Hanmer Forest on trails that are not normally accessible to the public. This is a truly unique race which provides expansive views of the stunning scenery and our thanks goes out to Rayonier Matariki Forests for allowing us to access Hanmer Forest.

The Courses

The courses predominantly follow gravel forestry roads with a short section on sealed road at the start/finish.

The Marathon course is not for the fainthearted, taking you to the highest point on Top Road and all the way out to the edges of the Hanmer River. It involves several steep climbs with a total elevation gain of approximately 700m. There is a cut-off time for the Alpine Marathon of 7 hours.

The Half Marathon still packs a punch with nearly 350m of elevation gain and the 10km race has 100m of elevation gain

Race Categories

Marathon (Run Only) - Male and Female

1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall

Half Marathon - Male and Female

1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall

10km - Male and Female

1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall

The Alpine Marathon 'BIG Bounty'

Thanks to Hanmer Holiday Homes and Four Square Hanmer the 'BIG Bounty' of $1,500 per category is on offer in 2024.

First male to break 3hrs 10mins

First female to break 3hrs 30mins

As well as the above we have a range of spot prizes to win, however you must be at the prize giving on the day to win!

Course Maps

Full Marathon - Click here

Half Marathon - Click here

10km - Click here

Aid stations are approximately every 5km across all distances.

Bib Collection / Registration


Bib Collection is on Friday 6th December 6:30pm-7:30pm from Monteiths Brewery Bar or from Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, Saturday 7th December 6:45am - 9:00am. Please ensure you have collected your bib prior to the race safety briefing.

Start Times

Full Marathon - 8am (briefing 7.45am)

Half Marathon - 9am (briefing 8.45am)

10k - 9.30am (briefing 9.15am)

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On the Day


Race Briefing: 7:45am

Race Start: 8:00am

Half Marathon

Race Briefing: 8:45am

Race Start: 9:00am

10km Run/Walk

Race Briefing: 9:15am

Race Start: 9:30am



Hanmer Springs is an alpine village and can experience a wide range of weather conditions. We recommend you consider carrying the following. Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration pack, survival blanket, energy bar. Please do not wear headphones as this limits your ability to hear directions from marshals and hazards.

Prize giving

The Prize giving ceremony will be held at the finish line at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp at 1:00pm or when the last competitor has crossed the finish line and the timekeeper has finalised the times. There will also be spot prizes, you must be at the prize giving to receive your certificate and or prize.

Enjoy Hanmer Springs

Food and beverages will be available throughout the event for purchase. Hanmer Springs is a gorgeous alpine village, so bring your family and friends along and stay the weekend. You can find accommodation options here.

Due to liquor licensing Hanmer Events do not allow BYO to their events. Please do not bring dogs to the event unless they are assistance dogs or with our marshals.

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Earlybird Entry (till 31/7) - $115
Standard Entry (till 31/10) - $130
Late Entry (from 1/11) -

Half Marathon
Earlybird Entry (till 31/7) - $80
Standard Entry (till 31/10) - $95
Late Entry (from 1/11) - $110
Earlybird Entry (till 31/7) - $40

Standard Entry (till 31/10) - $55
Late Entry (from 1/11) - $70

Registration & Entry Inclusions

Your registration includes Race Number, Timing Device, Medical & Safety support, Buffet Aid Stations & Finishers Medal.


Refund & Transfer Policy

For your name to be on your bib you must have entered by Tuesday 26 November. Online Registrations close on Thursday 5th December. After this date you will need to register on Friday 1st  December at Monteith's Brewery Bar in Hanmer Springs. 

Changes and cancellations incur a fee of $10.00. No changes can be made to your registration after 1st November. No refunds will be given after 1st November.

Bib Collection is on Friday 6th December 6.30pm-7.30pm from Monteith's Brewery Bar or from Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, 243 Jollies Pass Road, Saturday 7th December 6:45am - 9:00am.

Please note no walkers are to enter the Marathon. Walkers are welcome in the Half Marathon and the 10km races. You must walk competitively. Walkers must walk, you cannot run or jog. Please respect the walkers that enter this race as a competitive race and follow the rules. If you are seen to run or jog you will be disqualified from the race. Walkers must walk to the left and allow space for runners to pass.

In the case of Force Majeure, including COVID-19, no refunds will be issued. Your entry will automatically be transferred to a rearranged date or you will be provided with a credit towards any other Hanmer Event.

For all juniors completing an indemnity form will need to be completed by a parent or legal guardian.


Hanmer Holiday Homes


Hanmer Holiday Homes offers the largest range of holiday home accommodation in the wonderful alpine village of Hanmer Springs. All Hanmer Holiday Homes are fully furnished and made affordable by being self catered however you can choose to have the holiday home fully serviced including options such as linen hire, equipment hire and cleaning services. You can design a package to suit your budget!

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