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Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon - Race Details

Watch the movieMoonlight Mountain Marathon

EVENT DATE: Saturday 22nd February 2014

RESERVE DATE: Sunday 23rd February 2104

EVENT VENUE: Ben Lomond High Country Station, Queenstown

RACE ENTRY FEE: $170 inc FREE Race T-Shirt (valued at $60), 4WD Coach Transport to the start, finishers medal and a Wanaka Beer Works Ale at the finish line!

AGE LIMIT: 18yrs+

MARATHON REFUND POLICY: If in the unfortunate circumstances a participant must withdraw from the Marathon event the participant will be eligible for the following refund.

  • Before 30th November 2013 = 100% of entry fee paid or transfer to 2015
  • Before 31st December 2013 = 75% of the entry fee paid or transfer to 2015
  • Before 31st January 2014 = 50% of the entry fee paid or transfer to 2015
  • After 1st February 2014 = No refund available or transfer to 2015


RACE BRIEFING: 7.50am – Pipeline Bungy HQ, Skippers Canyon

Skippers Canyon, start line


ONLINE Marathon Entries CLOSE at 12pm Midnight on Sunday 16th February 2014 unless the MAX number (400) of Marathon entries has been reached beforehand.

Manual Race Entries for the Marathon will be available at Outside Sports, Queenstown up until 8.00pm on Sunday 16th February 2014.



Marathon race numbers and race packs are to be collected between 10:00am – 8:00pm at Outside Sports, Shotover Street, Queenstown on Thursday 20th February and Friday 21st February 2014.

Outside Sports Queenstown


Gear Checks are compulsory and will be available / carried out between 10:00am – 8:00pm at Outside Sports, Shotover Street, Queenstown on Thursday 20th February and Friday 21st February 2014.


  • Short Sleeve Thermal Top
  • Long Sleeve Thermal Top
  • Full length tights
  • Seam Sealed Waterproof Jacket
  • Thermal Beanie & Gloves
  • COMPULSORY FIRST AID KIT: First Aid Kit must contain the following items:
  • 1.5m long (un-stretched) roll of 5cm wide crepe bandage
  • 5m long roll of 2cm wide strapping tape
  • 10 band aid strips
  • Triangular bandage
  • Small scissors,
  • Survival bag

The compulsory garments and first aid kit must be worn or carried for the duration of the race.


A map of the marathon course will be allocated to all runners upon collecting their race numbers and packs and completion of compulsory gear checks at Outside Sports, Shotover Street, Queenstown on Thursday 20th February and Friday 21st February 2014.

The map illustrating the course and checkpoints will not be publicised prior to the event as the entire race takes place on the private Ben Lomond High Country Station which is actively farmed. The Station owners do not wish for any farm animals to be disrupted by people venturing on to the course should information be disclosed beforehand.


4WD Coach Transport to the Marathon start is included in race Entry Fee

Skippers Canyon Road

*Please note – you cannot drive yourself or be dropped off at the Marathon Start. All participants must travel on the race transport provided.

4WD Coach Transport will be provided by QT Rafting and Skippers Canyon Jet on the morning of the race - departing from the Race Finish at Moke Lake or Shotover St, Queenstown.

OPTION 1: Pick Up -Moke Lake

If you choose this option you will need to drive a short distance from Queenstown (approx 13km / allow 20 mins drive time) to the Race Finish at Moke Lake where parking facilities will be available for you to leave your car near the finish line – so that when you complete the marathon your vehicle and personal items will be nearby.

  • Board Coaches 6.00am
  • Transfer to Start 6.10am
  • Arrive at Start 7.15am
  • Race Start 8.00am

OPTION 2: Pick Up - Queenstown

If you are staying in Queenstown the night before the race and have somebody to collect you from the Finish at Moke Lake - you needn’t travel to Moke Lake on the morning of the race to meet the coaches to transport you to the start – you can simply be picked up outside the Queenstown Rafting shop on Shotover Street, Queenstown (main high street). Transport again will be provided by Queenstown Rafting and Skippers Canyon Jet.

  • Board Coaches 6.15am
  • Transfer to Start 6.25am
  • Arrive at Start 7.15am
  • Race Start 8.00am

Skippers Canyon

DIRECTIONS: From Queenstown to Moke Lake – (APPROX 13km / 20 mins)

  • From Shotover St (Main High Street in Queenstown)
  • Continue on to Lake Esplanade (700m)
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st EXIT on to Glenorchy Road (5.4km)
  • Turn ‘RIGHT’ on to Moke Lake Road (2.5km)
  • Drive straight on to a 4WD Road (all vehicles allowed / capable of drive) and follow this road for approx (5km) until you reach the Ben Lomond Woolshed. Follow the signs and instructions of Race Officials


Marathon - A Luggage Truck will be located near to the Start Line to transport personal belongings to the Finish Line at Moke Lake.

Waterfall crossing


All participants are to follow and obey the instructions of the race officials and follow the Red arrow markers and Red & White tape.

DRINK STATIONS: Participants are responsible to carry their own food and hydration for the Marathon – however water and energy drinks will be readily available at EIGHT checkpoints located approx every 5km along the Marathon course.

The station

CHANGING FACILITIES & TOILETS: All amenities are available at the start of the Marathon at Pipeline Bungy, Skippers Canyon and at the finish line at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake.

PRIZE GIVING: The PRIZE giving will take place approx 4pm on Race Day at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake.


CAR PARKING: There is plentiful car parking within the grounds of the Ben Lomond Station at Moke Lake.

Please look out for CAR PARKING signs and follow directions of Race Officials.

REFRESHMENTS: There will be a number of caterers located at the finish line offering a plentiful variety of wholesome food and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.

MASSAGE: The Team at Body Mechanics Physio and Massage will be on site ready to ease away any aches and pains after your accomplishment at the Finish Line.


FIRST AID: First Aiders will be on hand throughout the race in the unlikely event of an emergency and located at the START / FINISH.

WASTE: Please dispose of any waste in the rubbish bins provided.

DIDYMO: We need all competitors to be vigilant and ensure that Lake Hayes remains Didymo free. Please ensure that your wetsuits and/or kayaks have been thoroughly cleaned and dried before using them on race day if you have been anywhere near any Didymo affected areas.

Crossing the finish line