Christchurch Airport Marathon

The Christchurch Airport Marathon is the South Island’s favourite foot-race!

Sunday 5 June 2016Christchurch Airport Marathon logo

Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games marathon, the Christchurch Airport Marathon event is renowned as one of the fastest courses in the world. But it is also one of the most scenic and supportive.

With a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Kids’ Mara’Fun, there is something for everyone.

For full course information and online entry visit:

Proposed Christchurch Airport Marathon Route

Christchurch Airport Marathon proposed route

Here is the proposed Christchurch Airport Marathon Course with the proposed traffic impacts that will be in place on Sunday 5 June 6am – 2pm.

The roads the marathon will take place on will be closed to traffic and roads crossing the route will be closed or heavily restricted during this time.

Proposed Christchurch Airport Marathon Route [PDF 100KB]

What’s different this year?

  • Route has been changed to retain access to the hospital.
  • Traffic will be diverted onto alternative roads rather than attempting to cross the marathon route.
  • Montreal and Durham Streets will be open from 10am.
  • An operations centre, including emergency services, event and traffic operations, will be established.
  • Start time has been moved 30 minutes earlier to reduce impacts on peak traffic later in the day.
  • Enhanced communications and signage will be implemented.

Proposed traffic impacts

CBD 6am – 10am

  • All north-south CBD routes will be restricted by the marathon route, and detours will direct traffic onto Deans Ave.
  • An extra 10-20mins will be required to cross the CBD.
  • This will include delays along the detour route Deans Ave.

CBD 10am – 2pm

  • Montreal Street and Durham Street will be open, and detours will be changed to direct traffic onto these routes.
  • Along these routes, traffic should allow an extra 30-40mins between 11am-2pm.

Eastern Suburbs 6am – 2pm

  • Controlled crossing points will be in place at two key Avon River bridges – Stanmore Rd and Gayhurst Rd.
  • It is recommended that motorists allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes to cross the route at these points between 9am and 2pm.
  • The Avondale Bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured onto SH74 ANZAC Drive which is also a bypass east of the route.

These closures are proposed to be made under paragraph 11(e) of the Tenth Schedule of the Local Government Act 1974. The proposed closures will apply to all vehicular traffic with the exception of emergency service vehicles.

For updates on the proposed course and route changes to this year’s Marathon event please visit

source: Christchurch City Council

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