When Lake Rotorua was formed, nobody realised what a convenient size it was. But just over 50 years ago, a group of runners did: it was the perfect size for a marathon.
Next May sees the 53rd running of Rotorua Marathon, now also with a popular half marathon, quarter marathon and 5.5km distances included.
Starting in the Government Gardens outside the Energy Events Centre, the marathon course heads out through Rotorua’s CBD, along Arawa St, down Lake Rd, Fairy Springs Rd and around the lake, past the airport, back into town, through Prince's Arch to run up the final straight to the finish.
Of course there are a couple of challenging hills along the way but this is compensated for with magnificent lake views and plenty of geothermal activity- particularly near the finish.
So many have enjoyed Rotorua Marathon multiple times that there is now a Survivor’s Club for those who have completed 15 or more over the years. Membership of this exclusive club stands at 531, including the late Colin Smyth who completed 50 consecutive Rotorua marathons.
Organisers are also encouraging participants to “Race for Good”, using their run to fundraise for a range of charities.
Enter now and set the weekend aside for a Saturday of running and a Sunday of sight-seeing.
Rotorua is a tourist mecca, offering thermal activity, Maori culture and a huge range of outdoor activities, including thrilling mountain-biking tracks in the Whakarewarewa forest.