What are the categories?

The Link (24km) is a new route and it’s not for the faint hearted. As the longest of our courses the 24km’s includes many challenging hill climbs, but the views are worth it. This would be better suited for the experienced fitness enthusiast. The Snout (13km) is a challenging course with a couple of hard hill climbs but when you reach the top, the views are amazing. This would be better suited for the mid-level fitness enthusiast and regular joggers. This year we offer both walking and running options. Marina 2 Marina (9km) is a shorter course and suited to families, beginner runners, walkers, shufflers, whatever category you think you come under! We offer both walking and running options. Kids Dash (approx. 2km) is for the younger members of the family and follows the Picton to Waikawa track behind the Emergency Centre, around the dog park and back to the finish line at London Quay. Children must be aged between 5 and 9 years to participate in the Kids Dash. Find out more about the courses here.

Where does the race start and finish?

The Link race starts in Anakiwa (at the beginning of the Queen Charlotte Track). Competitors have the option of enjoying a boat cruise from London Quay Picton to Anakiwa (must be pre-booked) or by making their own way to the start line. All entrants must be registered before event day and must check in to receive their race pack on Friday 9th October 2020.

All other races start on the North side of the Coat Hanger bridge (over the bridge from the festival hub) by the Marlborough Sounds Marina office. You will finish on the south side of the coat hanger bridge amongst the festivities and entertainment.

How much does it cost to enter?

Link Adult (19yrs+) with boat $99

Link Adult (19yrs+) without boat $80

Link Youth (16 - 18 yrs) with boat $80

Link Youth (16 - 18 yrs) without boat $60

Snout/M2M Walk or Run Adult (19yrs+) $45

Snout/M2M Walk or Run Youth (14 - 18 yrs) $25

Child M2M (9 - 13 yrs) or Kids Dash (5 - 9yrs) $10

Tickets for the Link Run will not be for sale on the day of the event and must be purchased in advance. The Snout and M2M race tickets can be purchased on the day of the event but carry an extra $10 late entry fee. We recommend you purchase your ticket in advance. The entry fee for the Kids Dash will remain the same up until registration closes on the day of the event.

Can I walk and run?

If you want the flexibility of not running the whole way please enter as runner.

How can I pay?

When you register online you can pay by credit card. If you register on the day there will be no EFTPOS facility and we will require cash. There will be an extra $10 added to the entry fee on the day of the event. Unfortunately, we do not accept cheque payments.

How long will the event take?

The Link – fast runners will finish in about 2hrs, and the slower will take about 4.5hrs

The Snout – fast runners will finish in about 1hr 10mins, and the slower will take about 3hr 30mins.

Marina 2 Marina – the fast runners will take about 30mins and the slower walkers may take over about 1hr 30mins.

Prize-giving will be held at approximately 1pm in the Festival Hub near the finish line.

Where and when to register?


Visit our registration page and register online. Online registrations close at 5pm on Thursday 24th 23rd March.


We will have the registration/check in desk open on Friday 25th March (5pm - 8pm) and Saturday 26th March (7.30am - 8.30am) at Picton Yacht Club Hotel, please note there is an additional $10 admin fee for registrations at the desk. There are no eftpos facilities for registration so please bring cash on the day. NB. Link runners cannot enter on the day of the event, the latest they can enter is Friday 25th March.

What time do the races start?

Briefing and start times are as follows:

The Link Run – runners must be ready to board at the boat in Picton at 6.30am, briefing 7.40am at Anakiwa, start time 8.00am (competitors not using the boat cruise option must be at Anakiwa by 7.30am ready to meet the boat).

Snout Run/Walk - briefing 8.40am, start time 8.50am

Kids Dash - briefing 8.50am, start 8.55am

Marina 2 Marina Run/Walk - briefing 9.25am, start time 9.30am

Please note that it is compulsory to attend the briefing for your own safety.

Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I'm racing?

We will have a gear tent available near the finish line at London Quay for you to leave your bag in.

If you are entered in the Link Run and booked on the cruise you will be able to leave your bag on the boat, once the boat is back in Picton all the bags will be relocated to the Wilderness Guides Marlborough Sounds Offices at London Quay and can be collected after you have finished. If you are making your own way to Anakiwa we are unable to take your gear back on the boat, and you must make your own arrangements.

Please note: We do not take responsibility for your gear on the day, so please do not leave valuables in your bag.

Will there be water stations?

Yes, there will be water stations on both the Link, Snout and Marina 2 Marina courses, location of these water stations will be available on the day and advised during the race briefing.

What can supporters do while they wait?

While the event is being run there will be festival activities at London Quay. There will be some food available (however we encourage you to visit one of the many eateries in town for lunch), coffee carts, family entertainment and an MC announcing the runners as they come over the finish line.

There will be NO EFTPOS available at the event (unless by independent vendors). However, ATMs are available on High Street.

M2M has reduced its carbon footprint and now runs as a zero-waste event. All cups at the water stations will be washed and re-used each year. Vendors at the finish line area will be asked to implement this policy and use mugs only and recyclable materials. The team from Envirohub Marlborough will be on hand to implement the policy by collecting food scraps, washing cutlery and refilling water bottles. Feel free to bring your own mugs, bottles, cutlery etc

Is there parking?

There is long term pay and display car parking adjacent to the festival zone off London Quay. On Waikawa Road there is plenty of free parking and on the side streets off Waikawa Road. Please note parking wardens still work on Saturdays so be wary of one-hour parking limits. Please respect the residential areas and do not block driveways.

If you are supporting a runner on The Link, we ask that you do not park near any water stations or along the Queen Charlotte Drive where there is no designated parking available. The safety of our runners is paramount and visibility of the Link Pathway from the Queen Charlotte Drive is limited. If you are found to be parked in a place that causes safety concerns, we will issue a warning. If we must issue a second warning, the competitor you are supporting will be disqualified.

Can I use my iPod or other music device while competiting?


We will allow music devices on The Link but we ask that you remove headphones near water stations and road crossings to allow you to hear clear instructions from the marshals.


We will not allow music devices on the Snout as the track is narrow in places and we need runners to hear the calls of other runners passing etc.


On the Marina 2 Marina track, you are fine to use music devices though we ask that you remove them at road crossings and water stations so you can hear clear instructions from the marshals.

If the race doesn't happen, or I can't come, can I get a refund?

There are no refunds. We will endeavour to make sure the event goes ahead on the day. Should we need to cancel the event due to the COVID-19 Alert Level, all entries will be transferred to the 2022 event.

Can I transfer my entry to someone else?

Yes you can, but there will be a $5 admin fee. Transfers are only available up until 5pm Monday 4th October 2021.

What will I receive as confirmation of my entry?

You will receive your confirmation via email when you enter online. This will include a link to your race day information.

Will the race be timed?

Yes, we are using a timing team to make sure that you get your results quickly and accurately. Race results will be available on our website within 24 hours of the race completion. We will keep you up to date on our social media pages.

Is there an age limit?

Competitors must be aged:

The Link: over 16years

The Snout: over 14 years

The Marina 2 Marina: 7 years or over

The Dash: 5 - 9 years

“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running”
Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

Do you have another question?

You can email us at info@marina2marina.co.nz

Where can I stay?

There are plenty of accommodation options in Picton, head to www.visitpicton.co.nz for listings. The Picton Yacht Club Hotel (where registration will take place in their conference room) is kindly offering a discount to all competitors of $169.00 incl GST for maximum of 2 pax per room night. Offer valid for direct bookings only on the 8th or 9th October 2021. Call reception 03 573 7002 to book using the reference number included in the confirmation email you receive when you register. Book direct with the Picton TOP 10 Holiday Park for 2 nights and receive 10% discount PLUS a FREE 30 minute Hot Tub booking (subject to availability). To book call 0800 277 444 Promo Code:Marina2Marina.

How do I redeem the 25% Interislander offer?

After you register the redeem code will be provided in your race day information email. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Do I have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to be able to enter the event?

Yes. Marina 2 Marina adheres to the Government's COVID-19 Protection Framework which states that a vaccine certificate will be required for entry to large scale events. You will be asked to produce your certificate at check-in. If you do not have a vaccine certificate, we cannot provide you with your race bib and no refund will be available. Please consider this at the time of ticket purchase.