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Got a burning question about Southern Cross Round the Bays 2024? These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) may be able to help you out! 

If you’re left with an unanswered question, please feel free to email us on

When do registrations open?

Registrations will open on Friday 3rd November and close on Saturday 17 February.

What are the start times?

  • Go Media 21.1km Half Marathon – 7:45 am

  • Sign Foundry 10km run/walk – 8:30 am

  • Fiji Airways 5.5km Fun Run/Walk – 9:15am

  • PAK’nSAVE 5.5km Buggy Walk – 9:15 am

  • Nutrient Rescue 5.5km Active Families – 9:15 am

It is recommended that you are at the start area no later than half an hour prior to your race start time. A warm-up will run at the start line 10 minutes before each race starts.

What can I do with my bag or belongings?

We provide a free bag check service at our start area with collection after the race at Kilbirnie Park. There is limited space in our vehicles and there may be a queue, so please get to the bag check early if you would like to take advantage of this service to ensure you don’t miss out.

Are dogs, skateboards or bicycles allowed on the course?

For safety reasons pets, rollerblades, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted on the course.

Are push scooters allowed on course?

Yes, but only for participants aged 12 and under in the Active Families category – for safety reasons, those participating with a push scooter are required to start at the back of the pack, must wear a helmet and be accompanied by an adult. We highly recommend for any children registered in this category, to have their emergency contact information written on the back of their bib should they get separated from their parent or guardian. For safety reasons, electric scooters will not be allowed on course.

Can I take a buggy on course in a non-buggy race?

Yes – however for safety reasons, those participating with a buggy in any of the non-buggy walk event are requested to start towards the back of the pack.

Are there pace runners?

We will have 7 pace runners in the Half Marathon event. They will aim to complete the course in the following times: 1:30hr/1:40hr/1:45hr/1:50hr/2:00hr/2:10hr/2:20. The 10km will have 5 pace runners aiming to complete the course in the following times: 40mins/50mins/60mins/70mins/80mins.

Is the Half Marathon and the 10km certified?

The Half Marathon and 10km are both measured and certified by Athletics Wellington.

How many drink stations will be located along the course?

Our course is lined with 7 water stations, all water stations are equipped with reusable cups which we separate from our general waste in order to package them up and send back to be commercially cleaned and repurposed for another event.

Is there a competitive walking event?

Participants can walk any of the events. Walkers will receive a time, but Southern Cross Round the Bays is not an officiated walking event, and there will be no official recognition for the leading walker’s home.

Where can I collect my medal after the event?

Half Marathon medals are handed out to half marathon participants as they cross the finish line. If you are not participating in the half marathon event but have pre-purchased a medal you can collect this from the medals and merchandise tent at Kilbirnie Park.

Is there anything I need to return after the event?

Once you have drunk water from the reusable cup provided to you after you cross the finish, you are required to return your cup to one of the containers so that it can be reused for next year’s event.

Where is the start area for 2024?

The 2024 Southern Cross Round the Bays will once again be starting at Waitangi Park! Our start line will be positioned on Herd Street, with  turnaround points for our 10km and Half Marathon.

When will I receive my race bib?

For bib collection information, click here. 

Is there any parking around Kibirnie Park?

If you're keen to park close to the race's endpoint at Kilbirnie Park, Rongotai College on Coutts Street in Kilbirnie is opening up the school car park from 6:30 am. You can then take a bus or scooter from Kilbirnie to the start line. There is a $5 charge, which will serve as a fundraiser for the school hockey team. 

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