Queenstown International Marathon

Ironman’s hometown push

An Arrowtown triathlete's stunned at finishing 15th out of almost 2400 runners in last weekend's Queenstown International Marathon. Adam Wilson was the fastest local runner in Saturday's race – breaking the three-hour barrier to finish in an impressive two hours,...
Anyone keen for a lake swim is invited to Queenstown's Southern Lakes Swimming Club's season-launching open day today by the Frankton Marina scout den. Committee member Sheena Ashford-Tait says the club provides a chance for swimmers who'd like to tackle...
More than 11,000 runners pounded the streets of Queenstown across four marathon events today as the sun beat down on the resort. The event, which organisers say is the country's "largest marathon event'', attracted thousands of spectators, who cheered on...
Adventure tourism operator Go Orange has unveiled a new addition to its fleet – 'Frank the Tank'. After months of hard work to make the old combat vehicle road-legal, the company's new 11-tonne toy might make its first public appearance...

Council boss run off his feet

He might run the council, but he also runs a good race. Queenstown council CEO Mike Theelen, who's closing on 50 half marathons, runs yet another one this Saturday – the New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Half Marathon. The 58-year-old,...

Jodie’s bucket-list marathon

Having the Queenstown International Marathon in our backyard is inspiring many locals to give it a go. An example is Jodie Adams, who admits she'd never have gone out of town to run a marathon. "I just thought, I just want...

Do not adjust your set

"You can't just watch the TV and sit around all day." So says the oldest runner in the resort's half marathon this weekend, steely Dutch athlete Clasina van der Veeken – who was born 10 years before the first commercial...

Resort’s marathon benefits

Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says the benefits of thousands of visitors at this weekend's marathon event "far outweighs any perceived" infrastructure problems. The fifth Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon's expected to bring an estimated $8 million boost to...

Running through the pain

A first-time marathon runner who's prepping for the big race won't even let a nasty knee injury get in the way of her fundraising efforts. Sunshine Bay local Rebecca Conway, 28, has set herself one of the biggest challenges of...
A Queenstowner is stalling his career as a triathlete to pursue marathon running – and coaching. Auckland-raised Jason Hall, who shifted here two years ago, announced himself as an up-and-coming triathlete when he won his 18-to-24-year age group at the...
A Queenstown teacher told by doctors he would never run again is now training for the resort's marathon. Three years ago, the Shotover Primary School team leader Joe Bailey ran the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon. He hoped to break the four-hour...

Bracing for the big race

Final preparations are in full swing for first-time marathon runner Kris Barr. The Station info centre boss, who turned 40 earlier this month, admits he's not a complete stranger to racing. He's completed what he calls a "hike" – the Shotover Moonlight...
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