Sunday Pack Runs...

The 14 week buildup to Rotorua Marathon starts on Sunday January 31 at 7am.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us while training for your next event.

The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club have packs of like minded people to suit most pace groups for those long runs or walks.  

We run & walk every Sunday morning at the times below. It pays to arrive 15 minutes early to get a park and get changed. We have great showers so bring a towel for after the run and enjoy a tea/coffee & muffin with fellow members.

The current club programme is run every Sunday unless noted below.

  • 7:00 am - Runners. 7.00 am - Walkers

Note: We run at 7:00 am from January (6:00am walkers from Feb 21) until the week before the Rotorua Marathon in May, and at 8:00 am after the Rotorua Marathon until Christmas (7:00am for the walkers from August 15 until Auckland Marathon). 

2021 Rotorua Marathon Build-up...

Full Half Description


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Sunday 31 January: Week 01; 21 km. Hillsborough, here we come! 15 km for non-marathoners - and you are spared Hillsborough.

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Sunday 07 February: Week 02; 23 km. One Tree Hill, Orakei Basin & Tamaki Dr. 15 km for non-marathoners.
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Sunday 14 February: Week 03; 24 km. Coyle Park then Blockhouse Bay Rd and back across Auckland. With extra option of boardwalk in Westmere. 18 km for non-marathoners.
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Sunday 21 February: Week 04; 26 km. Down to Onehunga and along the Manukau Coastal Walkway. 18 km for non-marathoners
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Sunday 28 February: Week 05; 26.5 km. Through Newmarket to Avondale and back via NW motorway and Chinaman's hill. 18 km for non-marathoners, turn early onto Mt. Albert Road
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Sunday 07 March: Week 06; 28 km. College Hill, out along the waterfront to Kohimarama, some hill training up to Kepa, back to the waterfront, then up THAT hill again. 20 km for non-marathoners; College Hill, out along the waterfront to Okahu Bay and back.

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Sunday 14 March: Week 07; 28.5 km. Penrose, Royal Oak, Mt Albert, Western Springs, and just as you think we're almost there we turn left at the top of Chinaman's Hill for a loop before home. 20 km for non-marathoners. Newmarket to Church Street and back to the Y.

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Sunday 21 March: Week 08; 32 km. It's our first 26-miler so a loop around Mangere Mountain. 22 km for half-marathoners it's out to Onehunga and back.
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Sunday 28 March: Week 09; Only" 27 km today but with a nasty climb over Mt Wellington in the middle. Just remember, "hills are my friend!". 20 km for half-marathoners, turn left on Burt and head home via Marua and Remuera Roads.
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Sunday 04 April: Week 10; 33 km. One for the Westies, way out Te Atatu way and back past the cemetary. Oh, and there might be one or two hills. 22 km for half-marathoners, out to Rosebank Road and then turn for home.
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Sunday 11 April: Week 11; 27 km. A big loop out Hillsborough way and Penrose via One Tree Hill.20 km for half-marathoners, out Mt. Roskill, 3 Kings and home via Manukau Road.
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Sunday 18 April: Week 12; Glen Innes via Tamaki Drive both ways. 22 km for half-marathoners, St. Heliers and back.
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Sunday 25 April: Week 13; 26 km. Halsey Drive, Lynfield. Hills galore! 18 km for half-marathoners.
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Sunday 02 May: Week 14; 16 km. Tamaki Yacht Club & back. Yep, a nice taper for the last week of the build-up. 12 km for half-marathoners, Royal Akarana Yatch Club.
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Saturday 08 May: Week 15; 42.2 km or 21.1, your choice. Today is what is all been for - good luck to all.