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Stu's Monaco Marathon, Nelson

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Stu's Monaco MarathonBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Dave Hall

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Tasman and Nelson


Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat


Beginner - Intermediate

6:00 (Slow)
4:15 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Gravel Road: 50%

Sealed Road: 50%

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  • Access

    The Honest Lawyer

    There is plenty of parking near the Honest Lawyer.

    9 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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

  • Post run indulgence

    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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