Thousands have hit the pavement running as the Auckland Marathon kicked off on the North Shore this morning.

Despite earlier weather forecasts predicting a few showers, the weather has managed to remain dry in the city of sails, as the marathon got underway in Devonport.

In fact, very little rain, if anything is expected, with temperatures forecast to hit a cool spring high of 16 degrees by early afternoon.

Nicole Goldsmid was leading the women after 15km in the Auckland Marathon. Photo / Greg Bowker
Nicole Goldsmid was leading the women after 15km in the Auckland Marathon. Photo / Greg Bowker