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Race Details: The Three Peaks

Please note that the details below were for the 2018 event and there may be updates on the information for the 2019 event which takes place on 7 April 2019. 

The teams race is now a recreational event so there will be no prizes based on placings.

SAFETY: As a compulsory safety requirement all competitors must carry a seam sealed jacket, long sleeved thermal top and beanie. A gear check will be available at the start from 7.30am on the morning of the race. Spot checks will be done at registration and during the race. In poor weather, gloves and leg coverings are strongly recommended.

Please visit this page regularly for any updates

Start time

Event Time
Early start (main 26km race only) 8:30am
26km Three Peaks, Teams Race and 11km "Race the Summit" 9:30am
11km Walk 8:30am

All running and walking races start at Leith Valley (by the bridge at the corner of Malvern and Woodhaugh Streets). Registration is available from Malvern Street entrance to Woodhaugh Gardens from 7.30am.


The main 26km Mountain Race finish will be at Chingford Park, North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin. 

The "Race the Summit" race and Walk finish and Teams Race changeover are at the top of Swampy Summit starting from the Malvern St/Woodhaugh St intersection at the bridge and the distance will be about 11km. Transport from Swampy Summit to the finish or start area will be at a cost of $10 and must be indicated on the entry form otherwise you may miss out on available transport.

Early start

The early start option (8.30am) is available for the main 26km running event only (Note: all walkers also start at this early time). Runners who anticipate they will take over 3 hours 30 mins for the 26km race are eligible for an early start. Please indicate on your entry form if you require an early start. Eligibility for an early start is at the discretion of the race committee.

Race packs

Race Packs will be available for pick up from 7.30am from the start at the Malvern Street entrance to Woodhaugh Gardens.

Personalised Numbers

Entries would have had to have been received by 21 March 2019, to get a personalised race number. Note that there is no price change, it just means that you won't have your name on the number.

Late entries

Late entries will be accepted on the race day, up to 30mins prior to the race starting. Any entries received after Wednesday 3 April 2019 will incur a late entry fee.

Water/aid stations

All competitors please ensure their fluid levels are maintained for the duration of the race.


There are four water stations on the course; Flagstaff, Swampy Summit, Leith Valley and Mt. Cargill. These stations will only provide water. They will also be equipped with first aid kits and cell phones. Please, if you are feeling unwell, have an injury, or are starting to feel an injury, please stop at your nearest drink station for assistance.


There will be two water stations on the course at top of Flagstaff and the finish at Swampy Summit. These stations will be equiped with a first aid kits and cell phones. Please, if you are feeling unwell, are injured or are starting to feel an injury, please stop at the drink station for assistance.

Check points

Runners must visit the checkpoints (water stations) on Flagstaff, Swampy Summit and Mt Cargill. Please inform a marshal at a checkpoint or the finish line if you retire from the race as soon as possible. We need to account for everyone on the course.


In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will seek to delay the start of each race by two hours. As with events of this nature, there will be no refunds given if the event is cancelled for reasons beyond the organisers' control.

Postponements/cancellations will be advertised on the major Dunedin Radio Stations and on the Three Peaks website as soon as reasonably possible.


Prizegiving venue and time still to be determined.

King and Queen of the Mountain

Sponsored by Town Garage, this includes a cash prize for the first man and first woman to the Swampy Summit who then go on to finish the 26km running race (individual race only).

Meal and refreshments

Light refreshments will be available at the finish line. A sausage sizzle will also be operating, with all competitors receiving a free sausage on presentation of their race number. Sausages will also be available for family and friends to purchase for $2.


Please see the Maps section for directions for the recreational walkers, teams race competitors, and Race the Summit competitors. Transport options for these competitors for transport to or from Swampy Summit may be available at an extra charge of $10 - see entry form on how to appy for this transport ticket. This transport option may not be available to those who enter late on the day due to the logistics of arranging extra transport on the day - unless there are spare seats available.

Vehicles driving to the top of Swampy Summit will drive through a lockable gate. Please note, this gate will be locked by our marshals leaving the Swampy Summit Drink Station at the end of the event. Please do not leave your vehicle at the changeover point.


As a safety requirement, all competitors must carry a seam sealed jacket, long sleeved thermal top and beanie (Note: these items are compulsory).  Spot checks will also be done at registration and during the race. In poor weather, gloves and leg coverings are strongly recommended. While it may be warm and mild at the start, it may be quite different near the top of any of the three peaks. The weather in Dunedin can change dramatically in a very short time, so adherence to this safety requirement is paramount and is compulsory.

First aid

First Aid will be available at each drink station and at the finish line.

Road closures

There are NO road closures, so normal road rules apply.

Brief course description

See Map section for more details.

The running section is a 26km endurance event finishing at Chingford Park, a two-member teams relay event (changeover at Swampy Summit and finishing at Chingford Park) and the 11km "Race the Summit" finishing at Swampy Summit. Starting at the Malvern St/Woodhaugh Street intersections by the bridge, the full 26k run goes via Ross Creek reservior up into the Pineapple Track, to Flagstaff Summit, back down to Swampy Summit turnoff and then up to Swampy Summit before descending to Leith Valley then up to the summit of Mount Cargill, before descending via Bethune's Gully into Norwood Street to the finish at Chingford Park, North East Valley.