Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Stu's Monaco Marathon

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Dave Hall

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 20

Gnarl Factor: 0





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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.1%


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The Monaco Mid-Winter Marathon happens every year in mid-June but the trail is open all year round. The run takes place on the Nelson Tasman Great Taste Trail, utilising seaside trails around the Waimea Inlet, with snow capped mountains in the distance. From the Honest Lawyer the trail heads out to the Monaco peninsula & then turns around & heads back past the Honest Lawyer & out towards Richmond on the cycle way. Before Richmond you will see the signs to turn off to your right & head towards Rabbit Island. From here you head on the Great Taste Trail along the coast to Rabbit Island where you do a small loop along the beach & then retrace your steps back to the Honest Lawyer.

As you run around the Great Taste Trail it is quite scenic, especially if the tide is in. On clear days there are beautiful views up towards Mt Arthur on the way out, & the Richmond Ranges including Mt Rintoul etc.

There is plenty of parking near the Honest Lawyer.

9 km

14 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

There is no water available on the route. The Honest Lawyer does provide some good refreshments, including water, at the end :-)

A good track year around

The Honest Lawyer
At the start/finish line
Supporters of both the Monaco mid-Winter Marathon & also the Pub Run series over Summer

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Mike McManaway

Mike McManaway

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Trail Reviews

Sorry- but anyone hoping for the 640 metres of vert promised above will disappointed lol. In fact this coastal trail seems almost perfectly designed to be a "flat" marathon. Hot tip: if you start near Richmond then the Honest Lawyer can make a useful potential stop for refreshments. I would however recommend using earplugs along the relatively short Richmond Deviation.

Mike McManaway

November 15, 2022

Flat, fast, scenic, enthusiastic, and BY DONATION!!! Go Stu and all your volunteers - a real asset to us (enthusiastic) amateurs. I do it every year without debate.


September 18, 2018

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