Cooks Classic athletic event

The Cooks Classic is a premiere athletics event held at Whanganui's renowned Cooks Gardens.

28 & 29 January 2023


Cooks Classic consists of two days of athletics competitions. The event is recognised by World Athletics, through the Oceania Athletic Federation, as a World Challenge Series event.

The best of New Zealand’s top athletes compete in the: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, one mile, 3,000m, 400m hurdles, shot put, hammer, triple jump, javelin and long jump.

The meeting features the NZ One Mile Championship for senior men & women and the men’s & women’s U20 3,000m NZ Championships.

The second day of the Cooks Classic features the Snell Mile Challenge. This offers entrants the chance to run or walk a mile at the same venue where Sir Peter Snell set his One Mile World Record.

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