About Run Albany

The final race of the North Shore Run Series is at Albany Lakes Civic Park

Welcome to Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Albany … your chance to run or walk on closed roads around stunning Albany Lakes Civic Park and North Harbour Stadium. Formerly the Albany Lakes Summer Series, Run Albany is a reboot of an old favourite and the Grand Finale of the Harcourts Cooper & Co North Shore Run Series. The course is mostly flat and very fast and distance options are 5k, 10k or 15k for runners and 5k or 10k for walkers. A shorter 2km course is available for the kids. Every finisher of Run Albany receives a beautiful commemorative finisher medal. 

Albany Lakes Civic Park
Event base is stunning Albany Lakes Civic Park, a beautiful and tranquil oasis in the heart of Albany’s bustling retail sector. Entrance to the park is directly opposite the main plaza of Westfield Albany. The entrance is the perfect spot to view the two water catchment lakes, bisected by the centrepiece of the park, the Art Bridge – a feature of all race distances.

North Shore Run Series Grand Finale
Run Albany is the Grand Finale of the North Shore Run Series and includes your chance to secure a super-slam medal – awarded to those who complete all three rounds of the series within the same year. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special presentation for our “Shore Legends” – those who have completed five full North Shore Run Series (or Albany Lakes Summer Series). The “drive for five” will see you called up onto stage with other inductees to receive a beautiful commemorative trophy. Your name, legend number and group photo will also feature on the North Shore Run Series web site. What an achievement!

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Entry Fees

Run Albany 5/10/15k

$3500

Run Albany Kids' Dash

$1800

IMPORTANT COVID-19 CONTINGENCY INFORMATION

In these uncertain times, Running Events are doing everything we possibly can to ensure our events can go ahead. Based on the current information (which changes, like, *all* the time!), we can only proceed with a series event when Auckland is at Level 1 (i.e. no limits on mass gatherings). To give us the best possible chance to produce the events, we have booked contingency dates in addition to the original event date. We will publish details of these if/when they are required. If we do postpone any event – and you can’t make the new date – you’ll be able to transfer your entry or compete virtually (and receive an entry fee credit). Full details will appear here if needed.
Current Status: WE ARE 100% ON FOR 21 MARCH, 2021.

IMPORTANT! ALL ADULTS REGISTER IN 5K

Adult entrants only nominate 5k Run or 5k Walk. You will automatically be upgraded to the 10k  or 15k on race day by our timing system based on laps completed. Important! there is no separate walking category in the 15k. If you register and start as a walker and complete 3 laps, you will be placed in the run results.

ENTRY OPENS 16 NOV

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to Run Albany.

Sponsors

IMPORTANT COVID-19 CONTINGENCY INFORMATION

In these uncertain times, Running Events are doing everything we possibly can to ensure our events can go ahead. Based on the current information (which changes, like, *all* the time!), we can only proceed with a series event when Auckland is at Level 1 (i.e. no limits on mass gatherings). To give us the best possible chance to produce the events, we have booked contingency dates in addition to the original event date. We will publish details of these if/when they are required. If we do postpone any event – and you can’t make the new date – you’ll be able to transfer your entry or compete virtually (and receive an entry fee credit). Full details will appear here if needed.
Current Status: WE ARE 100% ON FOR 21 MARCH, 2021.

Race Day: Sunday, 21 March 2021

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21 March 2021
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5/10/15k Runners – 8:00am
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5/10k Walkers – 8:03am
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Kids Dash Start – 9:30am

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience.

2021 GUIDE RELEASED 7 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT

Important Dates

Date Details
27 Jul 2020 North Shore Run – Series Pass registration opens
01 Nov 2020 Series Pass super-earlybird rates expire
16 Nov 2020 Run Albany single race entry opens
29 Nov 2020 Series Pass earlybird rates expire
29 Nov 2020 Last chance for Christmas delivery of Series Race Packs!
27 Dec 2020 Run Albany super-early rates expire
23 Jan 2021 Series Passes close
24 Jan 2021 Run Albany earlybird rates expire
15 Mar 2021 Race Week entry rates apply for Run Albany
21 Mar 2021 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Date What’s Happening
6:30am Late entry & race day registration Opens
7:45am Compulsory race briefing – 5km / 10km / 15km
8:00am RACE START 5km/10km/15km Runners
8:03am RACE START 5km/10km Walk
8:10am Kids’ 2km Dash race-pack pick up and late entry
9:15am Kids’ 2km Dash race briefing – compulsory for kids & parents
9:20am Kids’ 2km Dash warm up
9:30am RACE START Kids’ 2km Dash
9:50am Last finishers (approx)
10:00am Awards Ceremony & Spot Prizes
10:30am (approx) Event close

Start Line Congestion

We don’t want anyone to feel as though they can’t participate in the event. If you’re worried about starting close to people, we’ll have the start line open for up to 15 minutes and you may start whenever you like in that period.  Please use this time to maintain social distancing if needed.  Your official time will not start until you cross the timing mats.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the refueling station, registration, gear drop and waste stations areas. Please help yourself as often as needed.

Important!  Please do not attend if you:

  • are unwell
  • are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • are waiting for a test result for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating.

Continue to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • Using the hand sanitiser located around the event site:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Series Pass entrants keep their race number for all three series events. Don’t lose it! Replacement numbers are $10.

Important! All Series Pass race numbers will be sent by courier along with your event running cap and other items. All single race numbers must be collected at the race venue during the pre-race or race day registration sessions.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes Run Albany – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative Finisher Medal. The design for this year’s medal will appear here soon!

Check out the finisher medal here

revTab

The revTab is a self-adhesive metal plate which is delivered direct to your home approximately three weeks after your event with your name, distance and time engraved on it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement. Where possible, our finisher medals have a recess on the back to fit your revTab insert.

revTabs are available for the following events:
– Tauranga Marathon
– Devonport Half Marathon
– Omaha Half Marathon
– Coatesville Half Marathon
– Maraetai Half Marathon
– Waterfront Half Marathon
– Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam (will include all five of your half marathon finishing times in the series)
– Run Devonport
– Run The Point
– Run Albany

You can purchase a revTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $15 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam, they are $19. The price includes delivery to your door. If you didn’t order one when you registered – but would like to do so now – you can do it via my.runningevents.co.nz up until race day. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.

Road Closures

Running Events have requested the following road closures to assist with the safe and enjoyable operation of the Run Albany event.

Road closed from 7:30am – 10:00am

    • Appian Way
    • Warnboet Lane – from Corban Ave to Davies Dr
    • Davies Drive
    • Munroe Lane
    • Don McKinnon Drive – from Munroe Lane to Appian Way
    • Stadium Drive
    • Corban Avenue – from Warnboet Lane to Appian Way

Important! Running Events are indebted to Auckland Transport for their assistance in helping us provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our participants on race day. We are especially thankful to the residents and road users of Albany for their patience and understanding whilst the event takes place.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Parking

There is limited parking available on Civic Crescent and further street parking over towards the bus station. The most convenient and plentiful parking, however, is available within Westfield Albany mall, which is right across the road from the race venue. For the best parking, follow the signs for Event Cinema or Farmers and you’ll have a 2-minute walk to the race venue.

Important! Westfield Albany mall has parking zones which are rigorously enforced. Taking part in the event does not absolve you of the need to park appropriately. When you arrive, look out for FOUR HOUR parking spots, which are normally placed furthest from the mall entrance. This will give you ample time to enjoy the event and even take in some shopping before returning to your car. If you park in a one hour spot you are very, very likely to receive a parking ticket.

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

Each event in the series will conclude with a prize ceremony where we will give away thousands of dollars of spot prizes, thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Each individual series event will also include a small number of merit awards for the overall winners. The Grand Finale will also include an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances across the series, as well as crowning the latest group of Shore Legends.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including shoe vouchers and a Garmin GPS sports watch. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies for Run Albany winners will be awarded to:

  • Overall champion male and female in the following races …
    • 5K Run
    • 10K Run
    • 15K Run
    • 5K Walk
    • 10K Walk
  • Overall champion boy and girl in the 2K Kids’ Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over

In addition to these awards, points are accumulated from each race in the North Shore Run Series and special series points awards will be presented at the Grand Finale.

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Should I register in the Walk?
If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the RUN entry category. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! The walking competition is limited to the 5k and 10k races only. If you are registered as a walker and complete the 15k distance, you will be moved into the run category.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the competitive Walk category, start on the Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Even though we have road closures for this event, we cannot guarantee the field of play will be free of all vehicles. Vehicles such as emergency services or our own service or lead vehicles may also be present on the course. Stick to the pavement where one exists or unless otherwise instructed and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

5K / 10K / 15K

Run Albany features an incredible course comprised of a circuit around the iconic North Harbour Stadium and the Albany Lakes Civic Park.  The course is an accurate 5 kilometres and a decision point just before the finish line lets you choose the distance that suits you on the day; 5km, 10km or 15km (the 15km course is intended for runners only). Onya!

Half Marathon Course Map
PDF DOWNLOAD
GOOGLE MAP
PLOTAROUTE

2km Kids’ Dash

Feel the thunder! The kids will enjoy a flat fast blast around the western side of the Albany Lakes Civic Park – mostly on footpath – before turning around to follow the adults back over the Art Bridge to the finish line . What a great way for the kids to get the running vibe!

Half Marathon Course Map
PDF DOWNLOAD
GOOGLE MAP
PLOTAROUTE

Venue Map

Important! Due to scheduled redevelopment work on the main wharf car park area at Catalina Bay, the 2020 event is currently scheduled to take place at Hobsonville Point Park. Should the wharf be available on race weekend, that’s where we’ll be! Check out the facebook page for the latest announcements.

Half Marathon Course Map
PDF DOWNLOAD
GOOGLE MAP

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of Run Devonport

Results

2020 RESULTS
2020 RESULTS
2019 RESULTS
2018 RESULTS

Video

2018 VIDEO

Photo Gallery

Your photos from the 2020 Virtual Run Albany held during NZ’s first COVID-19 lockdown.

Contact Us

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Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please do not ask for an exception. Our refund and transfer policy is clearly stated and applied evenly, without exception. We do not make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances whatsoever.

Single Race Registrations

  • Your race number will be ready for collection from the Registration Tent at the event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Series Pass Registrations

  • If you registered for an Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass at least 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, all of your race numbers (for all of the series events) and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to the Devonport event. If you registered within the final 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, your race numbers and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Devonport event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.
  • If you registered for an North Shore Run Series Pass before the early December courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to Christmas. If you registered after the courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Race One event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details and to check the exact date of the courier deadline.

Merchandise

  • If you ordered any merchandise with your registration, it will be available for collection from the Merchandise tent at the event venue during either the pre-race or race morning registration times. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Our MyLaps disposable timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your race number.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies you and records the exact time at which you passed the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain, sweat and normal wear-and-tear – but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do to make sure your result is properly recorded is to wear your race number on the front of your shirt throughout the event. The tag is disposable – you do not need to return it after the event.

Important! Keep hold of your race number after you finish. You will need it to register for the prize draw at the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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