The iconic marathon around picturesque Lake Rotorua is back in 2012 for the 48th year.


Competitors who ‘take on the lake’ start at the Government Gardens and head out through the city, around the back of the lake, over the Hamurana hills and wind their way back towards Rotorua, passing under the historic Prince’s Gate Archway to the finish line.


Runners not quite ready for the full distance can run a half marathon starting at Marama Point and completing half the lake circuit. This is just the second year organisers have offered a half marathon option.


Quarter Marathon and 5km competitors will wind their way through the famous ‘Sulphur flats’ and return back along the same route as the marathon to finish through the Prince’s Gate archway.


Rotorua is a tourism paradise and the marathon is a good reason to spend a weekend in the North Island, New Zealand, city.


Whether seeking to experience Maori culture, geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, thrills and adventure or any of the other natural assets such as 16 lakes, some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and myriad forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all.

Next event date:

28 April 2012



Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon will come of age with a repeat of its new one-lap course.


Presented by Colonial First State, the event is billed as Australia’s largest and most prestigious half marathon. The new course – introduced last year - retained the best elements of the old, two-lap course while highlighting other great areas of the city.


It allows for increased runner numbers and this year more than 10,000 will see Sydney harbourside icons such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Peninsula and Darling Harbour precinct from a different perspective.


When the race was first run in 1992, a field of 3075 left from a starting line underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the course running anti-clockwise through the central business district.


Now the Start/Finish area is in the central oasis of Hyde Park. The course takes in the Botanical Gardens, Sydney’s waterfront and historic Rocks area before moving out to Darling Harbour and Pyrmont before returning to Hyde Park.


The event aims to raise funds for more than 600 national charities, including Breast Cancer Network of Australia. In 2009 the race was dedicated to the memory of Kerryn McCann, a former winner and Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist, who died from breast cancer in 2008.

Next event date:

20 May 2012


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