As at 3 March 2022, the event is scheduled to go ahead. However we suggest that you keep any travel and accommodation bookings flexible because these are, as we all now know, uncertain times.

If the Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run has to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, then competitors can opt for one of the following options:

1. Transfer your entry to the November 2022 Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run OR

2. A refund of your entry fee, minus a $10 administration charge.

These options will be available for two weeks after the postponement is announced. If you do not advise us within this time that you would like a refund, your entry will automatically be deferred to November. Deferred entries are not further deferrable or refundable.

The Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run at Red

Last updated 23 March 2022 – this information will be reviewed and updated weekly as required


Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF), the Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run is classed as a controlled access event, operating as a commercial recreation activity, and able to run at scale providing Vaccine Passes are mandated.


All competitors, crew and volunteers must hold a valid COVID-19 Vaccine Pass.



  • There is daily monitoring of the COVID-19 situation. As at 1 March, it was widely predicted that the Omicron peak will have passed by 2 April.

  • The event may be cancelled at any time if the current situation deteriorates in a way that could impact on the event eg non availability of medical crew


Competitor Management

  • Competitors must:

    • stay at home if they are sick

    • sign in

    • sanitise

    • physical distance as much as practicable

    • sneeze or cough into their elbow

  • Competitors are encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible out on the course

  • Competitor attendance is tracked through registration and timing systems once out on the course



  • We have extended our registration window to spread the arrival times of competitors

  • To enter the registration area, all competitors must 

    • wear a face mask

    • show a valid Vaccine Pass

    • self check the health questions

    • practise physical distancing as appropriate 

  • All competitors will be issued with a coloured wrist band which is proof of their Vaccine Pass having been checked. Colour will denote starting time.

  • The race briefing is at the start line, 10 minutes before your start.


Start Line

  • The start/finish line aka event village will be located at The Woolshed, 459 Clifton Road.


On the Course

  • The course is not open to the public.

  • Competitors have ample room for social distancing on the wide, open course that covers 3000 hectares.

  • Competitors are encouraged to be self sufficient, but there will be aid stations where water supplies can be replenished.


Finish Line​

  • Prize giving and entertainment have been cancelled - we are reviewing this.

  • All touch points will be sanitised regularly.


Summary of Changes under Red

  • Registration time extended

  • Vaccine Pass must be shown at registration

  • Only competitors to attend registration

  • Wear a mask at registration – max of 200 people allowed inside at a time

  • The start/finish area has moved to The Woolshed, 459 Clifton Road - across the road and 100m up the road from Hygge Café

  • The 5k event starts earlier at 9.05am

  • Teams event cancelled


All participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as at event date. This is in accordance with the Government mandate for events, under the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

As a continuing commitment to the health and safety of all our participants, staff and volunteers, Jamrac Events are adopting the voluntary code of conduct that has been set out for the NZ events sector. Here are the key points for us all to follow when coming to our events:

Stay home if you are unwell

All participants must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  We will also be using the event timing as part of our contact tracing system.

Follow basic hygiene measures:

  • Hand hygiene - requently wash or sanitise your hands. We will have hand sanitiser stations available at event base and at aid stations.

  • Cough and sneeze etiquette – sneezing or coughing into the crook of your elbow or covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then putting the tissue in a bin and cleaning your hands

  • Do not spit or do “snot rockets” while out on the course

  • Practise physical distancing. The course is wide, there is plenty of room for everyone.

  • Avoiding touching your face – hard surfaces can be contaminated with infectious droplets. Hands can be contaminated after contact with these surfaces. If you need to touch your face, clean your hands first.

  • Cleaning surfaces and frequently touched items – we will be implementing frequent cleaning around high traffic areas such as registration and the finish line.


  • DO NOT swap, trade, sell or give your entry to someone else.  This is never ok, but due to heightened requirements around contact tracing, we consider this to be a serious transgression and will result in a permanent ban from all future Jamrac Events.

  • Each distance starts as a separate wave to reduce early course congestion.

  • Seed yourself according to your pace - faster participants to the front.