31 August 2015


52nd Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon - 30 April 2016!

The 52nd edition of the Rotorua Marathon is set for Saturday 30th April 2016, so lock in that weekend and come Take on the Lake!

The People's Marathon 

Rotorua Marathon has it all: stunning scenery, a challenging but achievable course, more than fifty years of history – but everyone keeps telling us the reason they come back every year is the people that make the race special! Our fantastic volunteers, Rotorua’s citizens who get out to support and of course our wonderful participants!  The 2016 Rotorua Marathon is all about the people!

Rotorua Marathon is owned by Athletics New Zealand, a not for profit organisation advocating for running activities across the country. The Rotorua Marathon directly supports many community initiatives both locally in Rotorua and across the country.

 Programmes supported by the race include Get Set Go – a fundamental movement skills programme for children seven and under and Run Jump Throw – a beginners athletics programme that has been delivered in New Zealand primary schools for over 20 years. The 2015 Rotorua Marathon contributed more than $30,000 to local athletics programmes in Rotorua and the wider Waikato –Bay of Plenty region. 

Take on the Rotorua Marathon challenge in 2016 - visit www.rotoruamarathon.co.nz to enter.

Sydney Running Festival 

Combine your love of running with a great weekend away in stunning Sydney and kick off the Spring season. 

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival has four events to choose from, Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon, Blackmores 9k Bridge Run, and the Medibank 3.5k Family Fun Run, all providing the unique experience to run the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Traffic Free. www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au

A Distance for Everyone 

You don’t need to be a professional or serious runner to participate in the Rotorua Marathon. The event caters for runners and walkers of all levels, hosting the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust Half-marathon, a Quarter marathon and a 5.5k fun run too. So we encourage you all to join in on the fun and soak up the great atmosphere that the welcoming local community provide.
Check out the website for more details on these events.   

Take Down The Lake 2016 Shirt

We had a few extra t-shirts left over from this year’s marathon …so we’ve turned them into 2016 training shirts!  These are great quality ASICS shirts featuring our 2015 race design on the front and Set To Take Down The Lake In 2016 on the back. If you missed out on a 2015 shirt or want another one for training – send an email to competitions@athletics.org.nz with your shirt size and tell us what you love about the Rotorua Marathon. We’ll send out a shirt to the first twenty entrants. Keep an eye on our expo both at the ASB Auckland Marathon too, we’ll have heaps more giveaways.


We are stoked to announce ASICS as a major sponsor of the Rotorua Marathon for another two years!  ASICS have been a big part of the race for a number of years –no doubt you will have seen their awesome range of shoes and apparel at the Sports & Leisure expo. In 2015 ASICS team member Sam Dobson even took out the men’s marathon title! Check out the ASICS website for info on their latest range: http://www.asics.co.nz/


The Rotorua Marathon Team