Hoka One One Lydiard Legend Marathon, Arthur's Half Marathon, and the Titirangi 10km and 5km run and walk


Shadbolt Park, New Lynn, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

The Arthur Lydiard Legend events were created in conjunction with the master coach himself, on courses that have produced our most famous and successful Olympic athletes, the likes of Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Barry Magee, Bill Bailey and many others...

The Legend event is steeped in history and was developed with Arthur Lydiard himself prior to his passing in 2004 - this event was not meant to be a memorial to the great man, and has become a major road run/walk event in the calendar.

Lydiard Legend Marathon, Arthur's Half Marathon, and the Titirangi 10km and 5km run and walk

All events follow the famous Waiatarua routes (set in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland ) previously used by Arthur Lydiard to train his prodigies - Arthur's training courses are now world-renowned and countless elite and not-so-elite athletes from many parts of the world have used them, and still do, as a key element of their training regimes and schedules. Arthur's courses and his training principles have stood the test of time.

The Legend event was an idea conceived by Ian Winson after viewing a television documentary earlier in 2004, featuring a young athlete completing a run on the Lydiard training route., Contact was made with Arthur to seek permission to organise an event in his name, he gave his blessing and written permission - The Legend event was born.

Training Schedules by Arthur Lydiard

Thanks to Arthur's good friend and co-author Garth Gilmour, we are able to offer Arthur Lydiard's original marathon and half-marathon schedules to anyone looking for some training pointers. These were published in the Lydiard-Gilmour book, Run To the Top, in 1962.

Download Arthur Lydiards Run to the Top with Master Coach Arthur Lydiard
By Garth Gilmour, Arthur's biographer and co-author for more than 40 years


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