The FAST Five 2024 – Event Information, Instructions, Race Rules, Terms & Conditions

Event Information

  • ·         We are thrilled to be able to invite YOU and your friends to compete at The FAST Five as part of the International Track Meet weekend. The 5km run is open to all levels and abilities (year 9 and above). You have 45 minutes to complete the course to finish on the athletics track at Ngā Puna Wai before International Track Meet starts.

·         The course starts and finishes on the athletics track at Ngā Puna Wai before heading out on the smooth roads around Aidanfield and returns to finish back on the track. Full traffic management is in place.

·         This event was developed for the purpose of providing an income stream to support the International Track and Field Trust to deliver the annual International Track Meet. The charitable objectives of the International Track and Field Trust are:

o    to provide competitive opportunities for aspiring athletes, with a proven record of helping develop international careers for the likes of Tom Walsh, Angie Petty, Lauren Bruce and Hamish Carson, who all got their first taste of international competition in our events; and

o   to showcase current Kiwi stars like Walsh, Bruce, Rosie Elliott, Hamish Kerr, James Preston, and Keeley O’Hagen, against international competition – and we are really looking forward to this year with unprecedented numbers of offshore athletes from around the world showing an interest in this event.

·         The International Track Meet carries Bronze status on the World Athletics Continental Tour, the highest World Athletics ranking possible in New Zealand, giving the athletes involved the opportunity to gain bonus ranking points to assist them in qualifying for major championships, which will see the very top athletes target this meet for their pinnacle performances in the domestic season.

·         Entry is open to all runners, either as an individual or as part of a team of three. If you are entering as a team, please ensure all entrants enter the exact team name when entering, so you can be grouped for results and prize allocation purposes. Please enter under your primary team code and name. If you wish to be eligible for teams in more than 1 category, please email with your additional team names/categories.

Team categories are:

o   Coach – team of athletes all coached by the same coach

o   Club – team from the same sports club, ANY code (not just athletics clubs).

o   Corporate – team from the same company or organisation

o   College – team of year 9 to 13 students enrolled at the same school

o   Crew – any other collection of 3 people, no matter your connection

·         Included in the entry process is the functionality to make a donation to the International Track and Field Trust, and/or to upgrade your $25 race entry to a $295 Supporters Club membership. Direct donations to the Trust are also welcomed (SBS Bank, account number 031355 0698641 00), and a tax receipt can be provided upon request.

·         Supporters Club Membership includes a ticket to one of our excellent partners luncheons (on Thurs 1st Feb 202 this year), your entry to The FAST Five and an invitation to join us at our VIP / Partners hosted and catered trackside marquee at the ITM on 24th Feb – the best way to enjoy International Track Meet. Being part of the Supporters Club is an excellent way to support the sport and the International Track and Field Trust.

·         Entries received by midnight on Sunday the 4th of February will see their names published in the complimentary International Track Meet programme provided by Spectrum Print.

·         Entries will close at midnight on the 19th of February – late entries after this time cannot be accepted this year.


·         Numbers and programmes will be available for collection between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February at REPRESENT FOOTWEAR in the Guthrey Centre, Christchurch City Central (behind Nespresso, outside Lichfield Street Carpark, Cashel Mall side), or between 10.00am and 11.45am on race day from the High Performance Throws Centre (known as HPT, or “the Marshmallow” – this is behind the 1500m start on the track) at Ngā Puna Wai.

·         Timing chips will be issued upon presentation of your race number to the desk in the HPT Centre between 10.00am and 11.45am on race day. Upon completion of the event, you will exit the Ngā Puna Wai track via the gate and marquee at the north end, and chips are to be returned there. Seats will be available. Your race number is yours to keep.

·         Gear storage is available from 9am on race day in the HPT Centre. All bags and belongings should be reclaimed from here by 1.30pm on race day.

·         Access from the HPT Centre to the track is via the course entrance adjacent to the 200m start & Athletics Canterbury gear shed before the race, and via the stairs adjacent to the 1500m start and hammer cage after the race.

·         Entry to Ngā Puna Wai athletics track is via the main entrance known as “gate A”. Please bring your race number or a printout of your entry confirmation to gain access to the track.

Race Rules

·         In entering this event all participants have agreed to an event waiver whereby they enter and participate at their own risk, and are responsible for their own actions at all times with no liability to the organisers, sponsors, or associated parties.

·         This event is organised by Track Events Ltd, as a fundraiser for the International Track & Field Trust, in order to facilitate the organisation of the International Track Meet. As such, in the event of cancellation or individual unavailability, no refunds will be offered.

·         The official number must be worn on your front, and be clearly visible – great for you, your event sponsors, and commentators.

·         You must not tamper with or adjust your race number in any way.

·         You must follow the course as set out in the event programme (issued with your race number).

·         You must obey the directions of course marshals, traffic management personnel, and police at all times.

·         You must stay within the lane allocated and give way to traffic at all times, unless advised otherwise by course marshals, traffic management personnel, or police.

·         Entrants being overtaken must give right of way to faster entrants during the race.

·         You must not be accompanied or assisted in any way by cyclists, vehicles, animals or people not entered in the race. If you choose to wear headphones, you must remain aware of your surroundings and able to hear factors such as traffic, other runners around you, or instructions from course marshals.

·         Absolutely no child buggies, cycles, skateboards, scooters or roller blades are permitted to be taken in the event.

·         The event is open to entrants 13 years of age and older. Teams entrants in the “College” category will be accepted from year 9 to 13 students only.

·         Only entrants wearing the official race number will be allowed to enter the Ngā Puna Wai athletics track to the finish.

·         Any entrant who contravenes general competition or race rules will be ineligible for prizes.

·         The course closes at 12:45pm – entrants approaching the finish after 12.40pm may be directed to an alternative finish line outside the Ngā Puna Wai athletics track.

·         By participating in this event, you grant the organisers an irrevocable right to use your name, result, and/or images from the event for future promotional purposes. No images taken during the event can be used by any party for commercial purposes without the written consent of Track Events Limited or the International Track & Field Trust.

·         We will collect certain information in the course of your entry that is subject to the Privacy Act. Your information will be stored by us, and certain details may be published in the programme and results for this and future events.  We may contact you using various forms of unsolicited electronic communication regarding this or other events. You may contact us at any time to review what personal information we hold, or to request that we no longer make any further unsolicited communications.

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