Hi everyone! A very happy new year to you all from all of us at the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon. We hope you had a fun and relaxing Christmas break and took advantage of the mostly good weather to don your running shoes and enjoyed some post-Christmas revelry trots along your favourite running tracks or perhaps, while away on holiday, checked out some new roads and trails to get you motivated for taking on the lake in April.

In this month’s newsletter we’re revealing the 2016 event tee from Asics, with new colour and design; look at this months featured charity, Child Cancer Foundation and how running to raise money can make such a difference in a young person’ life overcoming cancer, as well as some of the latest running shoe updates and more from our wonderful event partners. 

If you’re yet to enter and still contemplating a new year’s resolution or two, check out running coach Hayden Shearman’s blog a little further down.
Entering is easy, just go online HERE and start the sign up process and be part of New Zealand’s truly iconic marathon experience, in one of our countries most beautiful and picturesque locations. Go on, you won't be disappointed!


“If you can't go faster, go longer. Run long with the new GT 2000 4 #‎GoRunIt”
Our apparel and footwear partner Asics have just released their new seasons running shoe range. You can check out all the new colours and info HERE or check out the Asics Facebook page HERE


Win an Asics prize pack

To kick off 2016 in style, we’ve got two Asics prize packs to give away on the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon Facebook page. Entry is easy, just like the post and comment to a friend and you’re both in the draw to win the two prizes of an Asics back pack, cap and pair of socks. We’ll have more to give away in future newsletters so look out for them!

And so here is the big reveal, the official 2016 Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon event tee! Big thanks to Asics for the quality, performance tee and Grant MacDonald from HATCH for the design. We hope you like it!



Running in the right gear is critical 
We know the right gear is critical when you are training long hours preparing to run a half or full marathon, so here is some cool gear and tips from our partners to help you get ready to enjoy the best race you can.

Socks can make all the difference in the world to a good training session or a bad one, a great race or a disaster, avoiding injury or getting nasty ailment that sets you back from reaching your goals. No one likes getting a blister at the best of times let alone at the 13k mark with waaaay more running to go!
So make sure you wear comfortable running socks, fit for purpose. Choose a sock with a fabric that wicks moisture away from your feet preventing the sock from bunching up and causing blisters. The type of sock you choose can often effect the running shoe you wear for comfort and fit – so when trying on new shoes, its best to wear the socks you’re going to run in. 
Our running sock partner at the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon is Thorlo. To find out more about the right sock for you and your choice of race distance there’s lots of info HERE  on the Thorlo website.

As runners we all know injuries can happen. How we manage our aches and pains and treat sore and tired muscles and injuries makes a big difference how quickly we will recover and be back out there putting in the k’s! The Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon partnered with Dr Cool   to make sure our runners had access to some of the best cooling products around to manage those little niggles and ailments. Thanks Dr. Cool for supporting the event again in 2016.

For our female entrants an important aspect to consider when running, especially long distances, is overall comfort and support. We would recommend checking out Shock Absorber, the award winning sports bra. As they say themselves: “So you've got the high performance running shoes, the right sports kit and a training programme that's going to get you as fit as you want to be. But have you really thought of everything? A good sports bra is as essential a piece of kit as a good pair of trainers” or in our case, runners. You can find out more about Shock Absorber  and find a store near you.

If you're aiming for a PB or just setting yourself a goal to challenge yourself, one of the important aspects of tracking your training runs and making sure you hit the time you’re going for come race day, is having a quality time piece on your wrist. There are lots of smartphone apps around and fitness bands etc too so researching and choosing a watch that works for you can be tricky. Our timing sponsor Timex have a wealth of knowledge and years of experience in running so why not check them out HERE


Making your run count for more than the miles 
Announced in the December issue of the newsletter, the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon has expanded its official charities to four. We felt it was important to assist runners’ to fundraise for some of New Zealand’s most worthy causes, as well as increasing the event's support of our local communities.
Each month leading up to Rotorua, we will feature one of the charities we’re supporting and hope you will too. This month it’s the Child Cancer Foundation.


Child Cancer Foundation Courage Crew
Each week three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer.  You can make a difference to these children and their families by joining the Child Cancer Foundation’s Courage Crew for the Rotorua Marathon. 

At any given time the Foundation is assisting more than 500 families across the country.  It aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and remain connected throughout their cancer journey.

As a stand-alone charity, Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, so it relies on your support to provide these valuable services.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the lives of everyone in the family are changed forever. By joining the Courage Crew you can help provide tailored, practical support to families when they need it most.  For more information please email or phone Liz on 09 3039976.

Join the Child Cancer Foundation Courage Crew today! More info HERE 


Running coach Hayden Shearman’s best tips to become an athlete 
Perhaps you’re still pondering the idea of entering one of the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon events this year. If you haven’t had the chance, check out Hayden Shearman’s (running coach from TempoFit) new year’s running goals blog from a couple of weeks back.

If you’re on track and entered, Hayden has just written his latest blog for you with lots of great cross training tips to get yourself in the best shape you can be to take on the lake in 2016. Read on

And if you’re looking for more motivation and assistance with your running and think a coach might help, why not check out TempoFit’s brand new promo video


Last but not least 

Enjoy your training and the build up to April. Check out our official Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon website or our Facebook page for all updates and event information, charity info, news and promotional offers. There’s lots more coming!

Your Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon team.