Jaimie on Crater Rim run

Shoe Clinic Mizuno Crater Rim Trail Run


  • 28km Trail Run starts 8.00am
  • 16.5km Trail Run starts 8.30am


28km: St Martins Primary School to the Sign of the Bellbird via Mt Vernon Farm Park Track, Crater Rim tracks and mountain bike tracks through Hoon Hay Reserve and return.

16.5km: As above to the Sign of the Kiwi and return.

The course description from 2012 is available here until we can update with the revised 28km course: 2012 Course Description.


This is an Athletics New Zealand Sanctioned Event.

Entry is open to registered and non-registered competitors, 18 years of age and over.

Trail run: $35.00 non registered, $25.00 2013 Athletics NZ Registered

Entries close Monday, 7th October 2013 with:
The Secretary, Port Hills Athletic Club, PO Box 12-069, Christchurch

LATE ENTRIES: Late entries on the day up to 30 minutes prior to each event start.
Entry fee as above plus $15.00.

Event details

From a low key beginning in 2001, when 31 runners finished the course, the event has now increased to over 140 entrants completing the course, including many top local athletes.

The event attracts interest from outside Christchurch and is a popular build-up to the Kepler Challenge in early December. Many competitors return for the challenge and the scenic nature of the course which overlooks both the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour.

Conditions for the event in early Spring can vary from a hot fine day to the type of conditions encountered in 2007 where it was extremely wet and cold.

For many entrants this is their introduction to trail running in a competitive environment.

The Port Hills Club have a full traffic management plan in place for the trail run and many club members assist as marshals and drink station attendants around the course.

The event is followed by a presentation function with place prizes and generous spot prizes and all competitors receive a great morning tea.

The picnic style atmosphere at the end as competitors sit around enjoying their refreshments and recounting their various experiences on the course and the support they give to other finishing competitors is a reflection of the friendly atmosphere of this Port Hills club event.

Crater Rim run

Last modified 10 September 2013