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Middle-earth Halfling Marathon Course Map

The entire Middle-earth Halfling Marathon course takes place on private property and is not accessible to the public outside of this event. Course map is indicative only and may vary slightly on the day. 

Choose your adventure with our race distances:

  • Halfling Marathon (21.1km) Course Description

    Prepare for an enchanting off-road trail running journey through the bucolic landscape of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

    The immersive and unique Middle-earth™ Halfling™ Marathon allows runners and walkers of all levels to explore the picturesque rolling green hills and storybook landscapes of the Waikato countryside. This course is all about the views!

    You will begin your journey at Buckland Landing with breath-taking views across the valley and the mighty Kaimai Ranges in the distance. You will then twist and turn through the farmland, following the trails created by the farm’s inhabitants, with a couple of hills to keep even the most seasoned runners honest.

    You will soon arrive at Hobbiton where you’ll wind your way through half the village and pass numerous hobbit holes tucked into the hillsides. Don’t worry though, you’ll be back soon to see the other half! You leave the village and head back onto the farm, meandering through paddocks, around ponds, and taking in the amazing views of the valley below.

    You’re in for a treat when you arrive at the Watering Hole, we’re not telling you, you’ll have to wait for the surprise. The best thing about this is, you’ll be back here after a 2km loop. Halfway around this loop, make sure you pause at the highest point on the course and take in another breath-taking view of the valley. From here you can see all the way there and back again.

    Your adventure is close to coming to an end, through more farmland before you wind your way through the other half of the Hobbiton village. Before you leave the village, how about stopping for a quick tipple to quench your thirst at The Green Dragon Inn?

    Only a few kilometres left on this amazing journey and adventure before you’ll arrive at the finish line across from The Shire’s Rest, where your fellowship of supporters will be waiting.

    Elevation gain: 475m

    Aid Stations at 4.5km, 6.5km, 10km, 12km, 16km, and 19.2km.

  • Cut off times (for 21.1km only)

    A course cut-off will be enforced at the 10km point at 4.50pm, 2 hours 20 minutes into your run/walk. You will still be allowed to finish, we will just send you on a little short-cut. This is for your safety, we don’t want you finishing in the dark!

  • Eleventy-first (11.1km) Course Description

    Prepare for an enchanting off-road trail running journey through the bucolic landscape of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

    The immersive and unique Middle-earth Halfling Marathon™ allows runners and walkers of all levels to explore the picturesque rolling green hills and storybook landscapes of the Waikato countryside. This course is all about the views!

    You will begin your journey at Buckland Landing with breath-taking views across the valley and the mighty Kaimai Ranges in the distance. You will then twist and turn through the farmland, following the trails created by the farm’s inhabitants, with a couple of hills to keep even the most seasoned runners honest.

    You will soon arrive at Hobbiton where you’ll wind your way through half the village and numerous hobbit holes tucked into the hillside. Don’t worry though, you’ll be back soon to see the other half! You leave the village and back onto the farm meandering through paddocks, looping around a scenic pond before making your way through the other half of the Hobbiton village. Before you leave the village, how about stopping for a quick tipple to quench your thirst at The Green Dragon Inn?

    Only a few kilometres left on this amazing journey and adventure before you’ll arrive at the finish line across from The Shire’s Rest, where your fellowship of supporters will be waiting.

    Elevation gain: 257m

    Aid Stations at 4.5km, 6.5km, and 9.3km

  • Aid Stations, Bathrooms and First Aid

    Aid stations will be supplied with water, hydration, chips, lollies, and fruit.

    To minimise waste and our environmental impact we will have no disposable cups at the drink stations. All entrants will receive a complimentary Middle-earth Halfling Marathon branded collapsible reusable water cup to use at the drink stations. You are also welcome to bring your own bottle or hydration pack if you wish. The stations are equipped for you to refill these and we will have volunteers ready to help you fill your vessel as quickly as possible.

    Toilets are located at the 6.5km, 10km, 12km, and 19.2km aid stations. (6.5km and 9.3km for 11.1km)

    First Aid will be available on the course by a roving Peak Safety team member. Basic first aid kits will be available at each aid station.

  • General Course Information

    All courses are marshalled and signposted. The courses are not suitable for wheelchairs and all entrants must complete the same course. Please obey marshals at all times.

    No dogs on the courses please. Supporters and spectators must not accompany runners and walkers at any stage during the event.

    Children aged 16 and under are not able to participate in these events without prior approval.

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