Twilight Marathon – Mighty Totara

Twilight Marathon

A NEW 42.2

If you're looking for a truly unique, wonderfully different, spectacularly beautiful marathon experience, you've come to the right place. The Mighty Totara Twilight Marathon starts in the late evening - just before the sun goes down - and comprises six laps of the Mighty Totara night time course with a 2km out-and-back lead in. This unique running experience ends with a superb Mighty Totara finisher medal and a legendary Twilight Marathon "halo".

The Night Tme loop at the Mighty Totara has been designed for minimum fuss and maximum ease of navigation. Much of the vertical gain of the Day Time course has been ironed out, leaving an eminently achievable marathon on a mix of gravel farm road, single track forest trail and concrete footpath. Take in the stunning soundtrack of the park as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away into the night.

We promise a running experience unlike anything you else and one that focuses as much on what you can hear and what you can smell as what you can see.

Important! Even if your event does not qualify for an allocated spot in Tent City, you can still join in the fun and enjoy the atmosphere. All athletes have full use of the communal rest area - directly opposite the finish line - and there is plenty of space around the outside of Tent City for your friends and family to bring a blanket or camping chairs and setup an impromptu personalised aid station.

A Unique Marathon Challenge & A Medal to Match



Saturday evening


42.2 km

Officially Measured


10 hrs

Until 4am Sunday


Just Run

Gun start/run til finish

 The Course

The Twilight Marathon takes place exclusively on the Mighty Totara Night Time Course. Click on the image to view in a pop window or head on over to the dedicated Night Time Course page for downloads, detailed info and links to external mapping services.

Important! Both the Day Time and the Night Time course is measured to the standards set down by the New Zealand 100 Marathons Club.

6 Laps

Night Time Course

2 km



Race Info at a Glance

The Basics

Event Date Saturday November 30th
Start Time 08:01pm
Time Limit 10 Hours
Distance 42.2KM | 6x Laps of Night Time Course + 2km Lead-In
Tickets & Fees See here page

Event Base

Location Totara Park [click for google pin to start line]
Access & Parking See the dedicated Getting There & Parking page.
Toilets Portaloos will be located opposite the Start/Finish line in the communal rest area.
Overnight Stay Is not available to participants in this event (you'll be busy running!).

On Course

Course Map See Night Time Course & 2km Lead-In
Directions Look out for our directional arrows at all turns and intersections. There are no marshals on course and we reccommend carrying a mobile phone at all times in case you get lost or encounter another issue.
Overtaking It's likely you will spend most of the race without many runners in front or attempting to overtake. Nevertheless, please be considerate should this occur on any of the narrower trail sections.
Pedestrians & Dogs We anticipate very little other park traffic during your event.
Toilets Portaloos at the event base can be accessed at the start and finish of each lap.
A well appointed set of modern public toilet block with three enclosed units is available in the picnic area near the park entrance (approx. 2km into the lap).
Aid Stations An unmanned refill station - for water only - is situated at the 4km mark (half way around the lap). We will make best efforts to keep this station fully stocked throughout the event but you should not plan your race nutrition around this.
Another  refill station is available at the end of each lap where you can refill your bottles with water or PURE sport drink.
There are no cups provided at this event ... you must bring your own water containers.
You can also leave your own personal drinks in the unattended communal rest area directly opposite the Start/Finish line.
Race Rules Due to the narrow tracks, we do not allow nordic poles in this event.
See our general Competition Rules here.

Awards & Results

Results 2024 results will be here and updated live throughout the event.
Scan the QR code on your race number to be taken directly to your personal result page.
Scoring Awards and Online Results lists will be based on GUN TIME.
Merit Awards Trophy to first place overall Male & Female.
Participation Awards All finishers receive the 2024 Mighty Totara medal plus an exclusive Twilight Marathon Halo.
More details here.

Your next Marathon Challenge awaits ...

... mighty achievements happen at the Mighty Totara.