Race Information


The Owai 5 is Auckland’s prestige club-based road race. It is maybe the only 5 mile road race running in the country. This year is a special year -  the 75th Anniversary of Owairaka Athletics & Harrier Club founded by Arthur Lydiard back in 1943 - and the Owai 5 Mile is a central part of the weekend’s celebrations. We want to attract a competitive field to mark this occasion and we are especially keen to see other athletics clubs well represented.

The course is a flat and fast circuit incorporating War Memorial Park and including the historic Lovelock Track.


The race record is currently held by Hamish Carson (25:11). Can anyone break this in this historic year?


This ye
ar we have continued our partnership between Owairaka Athletics and the Puketapapa Local Board to encourage participation in sport.

              Sunday 23rd September 2018


  - Owai 5 Mile (Run Only Event)

  - Puketapapa 5km & 2.5km Fun Run & Walk Events

Which event should you choose?

The Owai 5 Mile (8.05km) run event open to everyone, you might run competitively, regularly or play team sports so you might be want to test yourself over the distance in amongst some good company.  The O5M is also the only event where we offer Cash Performance Prizes and Official Race Trophies so if you think you've got it, give it a try!!

The 5km Run or Walk event is a good test of your fitness with two laps of memorial park. We want to see everyone out there having a go and having some fun. You would have had to do some running in preparation to complete the course comfortably but the emphasis on this event is fun and participation so you can get out and get active while having some fun with like minded peoples. Age restriction applies; you must be 10 years or older to run in the 5km. 

The 2.5km Run or Walk event is aimed at younger age groups with one lap of the park course. We encourage the whole family participating and would like to see the younger generation being supported around the course by parents, aunties & uncles, or nana & grandad walking or running! you can join in and do it together or support them around the first lap and continue on to finish your second lap in the 5km event! Open to all ages!! 


Event Under 10 10-18 years 18 and over

Owai 5 Mile $30 $30 $30
2.5K and 5K Fun Run/Walk Free $10 $20

**All participants must register to participate.

*Standard entry fees apply to Midnight 21st September. Late Entries will incur additional $5 late fee charge and will be accepted up to 8.00am on Race Day. Entry fees paid at registration can only be accepted in cash. 

Race Day                              7.30am - 8.30am at Owairaka Athletics Clubrooms, Lovelock Track.


      8.45am     Race Briefing
      9.00am     Owai 5 Mile Start
      9.05am     5km and 2.5km Fun Run & Walk start 
    10.30am     Prizegiving


2.5km loop course starting & finishing on The Lovelock Track running through Memorial Park within the confines of the park. 
                                                                Owai 5 Mile, 5km & 2.5km Course Map

2.5km - Start at Start/Finish line head out into park and complete 1 lap of 2.5km course within confines of memorial park, then take inside lanes of track to enter finish chute.
5km - Start at Start/Finish line head out into park and complete 1 lap of 2.5km course then take outside lines and complete one lap of the track before heading back out into memorial park for another lap before entering track and taking the inside lanes of track to enter finish chute.
5 Mile (8.05k) - Start opposite Start/Finish line side of track, after passing Start/Finish line side complete one lap of track (550m total) before heading out onto park course, complete lap 1 of 2.5km course, at end of lap 1, take outside lanes, then complete lap two of 2.5km course, at end of lap 2, take outside lanes, then complete lap three of 2.5km course before moving to the inside lanes of the track to enter finish chute.


We have thousands of dollars worth of prizes to give away from our local supporters. There is plenty to give away, so make sure you are registered to be in to win!! 


Owai 5 Mile - Cash performance prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winner in each age group.
**$250 cash bonus up for grabs for any athlete who can break the coveted 25 minute mark, and any female athlete who can break the 28 minute mark!!**

U18 Male 1st $20
U18 Female 1st $20
Open (18-39) Male 1st $50
Open (18-39) Female 1st $50
Masters (40+) Male 1st $50
Masters (40+) Female 1st $50
Fastest Male also wins the Bill Baillie Trophy for Best Male Performance.
Fastest Female also wins the Club Trophy for Best Female Performance.

5km Fun Run - Ribbons to all participants

2.5km Fun Run - Ribbons to all participants


5 Mile (8.05km)

Male Hamish Carson 25.11     22/9/13

Female Maria Kroonenburg 33.56     28/9/14 

5km Male Teklay Zinaw 16.00 26/02/14

Female Heidi Robinson 20.13 30/10/13 2.5km

Male Haile Tesfaye 7.59 5/02/14

Female Emily Hackett Pain 10.55 22/9/13

EVENT RESULTS - Owai 5 Mile Results 2018

EVENT PHOTOS - can be viewed on Facebook here


TRANSFERS: Any accepted entry can be transferred to another person free of charge; this can be done online through the eventbrite registration service or at registration.

REFUNDS: Requests for refunds must be notified to the organiser before midnight 23rd September. 

COURTESY: Please seed yourself accordingly at the start depending on your ability and event i.e faster runners to the front in the start chute, walkers to the back. Out on the course please be aware of participants passing you from behind and keep to the left. As course track space is limited, if you are walking or running in a group please do not walk or run more than two abreast.

RESTRICTIONS: All forms of wheeled assistance are not permitted; this includes pushing prams or buggies. No pets are allowed to accompany participants.


Owairaka Athletics have taken every reasonable measure to ensure your safety; as a participant of the Owairaka 5 Mile, 5km and 2.5km events you are responsible for your own safety and enter this event at your own risk. It is important that you read the following Safety message in conjunction with your Waiver and Declaration and adhere to each of the safety guidelines of the event:

• All participants must be present at the Event Safety Briefing.

• Race Numbers must be worn on the front of your top at all times.

• The course will run alongside two sections of public roads that are not closed to road traffic. You must run on the footpath at all times and within the safety cones. Please follow course marshal directives and remain inside the designated course area at all times. Participants that persist in running outside the coned lane on the open road will be removed from the event for their own safety and the safety of the public.

• If you have a medical condition that may require attention please ensure you have your doctor’s clearance before entering this event. If you are unsure please seek advice from a medical professional. If you feel unwell or unfit during the event we strongly advice you to withdraw immediately and seek assistance from a course marshal. If another participant is in distress immediately offer assistance and inform a Race Official.

• At all times please obey the instructions of marshals and beware of road traffic. Any participant who fails to obey the instructions of either a marshal or other clearly identified race official will be removed from the event.


I hereby release Owairaka Athletics, their officers, volunteers, sponsors or any party associated with the event of any liability, financial or otherwise, which might arise whether or not by negligence, from any direct or indirect loss, injury or death which might be sustained by me or any other party directly or indirectly associated with me, from my intended or actual participation in the event and its related activities. I hereby permit the free use of my name, voice or picture to be used in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, promotion or in any other way relating to this event pursuant to the Privacy Act 1993.