Frequently Asked Questions

For 2022 the Coastal Five is a cupless event. We will have collapsible cups available for purchase at registration that are easy to carry on you during the race to fill at aid stations.

Yes. There are four water stations on the half marathon course at 4km, 8.5km, 12.5km and 17km. The aid stations are stocked with water and Tailwind product.

In the Pukeiti 10km there is 1 aid station at the 5km turnaround point.

For all other events water stations are at the start/finish lines.

We welcome walkers to the event and have a specific category for walking. In 2021 all our walkers finished the event well within the cut off times.

However, as we need to move race infrastructure between each event within a short period of time have applied cut-off times for the event. These are 4 hours 15 minutes for the half-marathon, 2.5 hours for the 10km climb and 1.5 hours for the remaining events.

We will do our best to accommodate all walkers out on course but if you finish outside of these cut-off times we can not guarantee a race time or road closures in the case of the 10km climb or Mile.

Headphones are strongly discouraged during the half marathon and Pukekura 5km run. There are parts of these events where runners will be on roads that are not closed to traffic and the use of headphones can inhibit a person’s awareness of their surroundings. Where headphones are used we request them to be removed during any on-road sections of the race.

No you can enter any event individually or you can complete all five events as part of a team.

We encourage people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to compete. If you are entering all five races as an individual we recommend that you can run a minimum of 45 minutes without stopping.

Anywhere from 2-5 members. It’s up to you how many events each person completes.

Yes, there are minimum ages for each event. All 5 events and Half Marathon: 16 years and over 10 km Mountain Climb: Must be 10 years of age on race day to compete. All participants between the age of 10 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the event and the accompanying adult takes full responsibility for the safety of the entrant 12 years or under. Participants over the age of 12 can complete the event without an adult accompanying them. 5km Road Run, 4.8 km Cross Country and the Devon Mile: Open to all ages. All participants between the ages of 0 – 12 must register and be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the event. The accompanying adult must also register for the event and takes full responsibility for the safety of the entrant 12 years or under. Participants over the age of 12 can complete the course without an accompanying adult.

Yes there will be medals for all participants. Entrants in the individual events will receive a medal at the finish line. Entrants in the solo 42.2 km will receive one medal at the completion of the Devon Mile to acknowledge that they have completed all five races (yes your one is bigger). All solo participants competing in their second year will receive the 2x finisher medal to acknowledge this achievement.

COVID Alert Levels Information

Planning for the event is in full swing and we are continuing to refine our plans with the ever changing environment of COVID-19.

With this in mind we would like to highlight the following information for participants so you can understand the different variations to the event depending on the alert level:

Nationwide Alert Level 1
The event will progress as normal

New Plymouth Alert Level 2
The event will progress with some changes to the schedule to allow for gathering numbers to be kept at 100.  Each event will set off in waves with full details available in the athlete guide for alert level 2.

New Plymouth at Alert Level 3/4 or Nationwide Alert Level 3/4
Event is postponed. We have the support from Council to work towards a rescheduled date and have the event still go ahead.