We’re counting down to the start of the 52nd Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon with less than 50 days to go til New Zealand’s iconic and most loved marathon is underway! For those of you running your first ever marathon, you’ll be hard out training, thinking about what to wear, how the nutrition is going, planning the flight or drive down.
Whether you are running the full marathon, walking the Rotorua Energy Trust Half Marathon or taking on the Quarter Marathon or 5.5km events, you’ll be training and preparing yourself for an amazing day!  We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

Now’s the time to get entered to save on your entry fee’s. Normal fees end on March 31st and from 1 April will go up to late entry prices. You can sign up now at
If you didn’t know, our marathon prices are amongst the most affordable at $119 full price, and we have wide range of accommodation in the tourist mecca that is Rotorua to satisfy your needs. It’s time to tick off the bucket list and come join us and Take on the Lake in 2016!

In the February issue we had an awesome ASICS prize pack to give away – ASICS back pack, cap and socks. We had a truck load of entries – you guys must love free gear! – but there can only be one winner so congrats to Naomi from Papakura. Your gear is on its way!
We have another awesome prize pack to give away from a different event partner further down in this month’s newsletter so read on.


With 2016 being a leap year, we thought it was a great idea to do a special one day only Facebook promotion on Feb 29.
Thanks to everyone who signed up and entered the draw! Congrats to Gerry and Wouna Le Roux from Palmerston North, you’ll get your entry fee reimbursed and we’ll see you on the marathon start line in your ASICS tees!  Follow us on Facebook for blogs, updates and prize draws.


There’s a lot of great reasons to come and run or walk the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon. One of them is the huge array of relaxation attractions to enjoy before or after your run.  Extend your stay in Rotorua and make the most of New Zealand’s coolest hot spot. Visit  for more.


The Millennium Hotel, Rotorua are proudly our hotel of choice at the event. If you’re looking for accommodation for the marathon, the Millennium Hotel is an ideal location, centrally positioned right on the lake, close to all the wonderful downtown attractions as well as the marathon start line at Government Gardens.
Also, if you are a member of an athletics club you can qualify for a 20% discount on your accommodation, as part of the Athletics New Zealand Member Benefits Programme.  


Not far to go now! As the official sports drink of the event, we have two POWERADE prize packs to giveaway. For your chance to win, email us at  with your name and your address with “POWERADE Rotorua” in the subject line.


Escape to Noosa for the ultimate fitness break!
Destination: Noosa, Queensland, Australia

Swim Noosa, Cycle Noosa and Run Noosa at the Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival, 28 – 29 May 2016.
There’s an event and distance for all abilities – coupled with sun, surf and sand!
Book a fitness escape for the whole family. For event and entry information visit 


This month it’s the turn of another of our wonderful partners ThermaTech. We have a ThermaTech prize pack to give away valued at … wait for it … over $500 RRP! How good is that?
The fantastic prize pack shown below is the women’s version (Don’t worry guys, there is a men’s version)
To enter simply send your name, email and phone number with ‘ThermaTech’ in the subject line to before 31 March and you’ll be in the draw. Easy as that, to get your hands on a great selection of ThermaTech gear. And a big thank you to the team at ThermaTech for providing such an awesome prize!

Disclaimer: Image of prize pack is presentative of prize and may differ in colour or style depending on availability of stock at time of redemption.


Our awesome partners at Thorlos and Dr Cool are again supporting the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon. Whether it’s premium running socks for a super comfortable run or recovery products you need afterward, we’ve got the partners with the products for you. Check out their websites  Thorlos and  Dr Cool  for more information as you prepare for race day. 


The Mental Health Foundation are working towards a New Zealand where everyone flourishes. We are the most trusted source of information for Kiwis on how to cope with mental illnesses and distress.   We help all Kiwis learn how to look after their mental health.
Chances are you’ll know someone struggling with a mental health issue. We are one of the official charities to this year’s Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon. If you’d like to raise funds to help the Mental Health Foundation help Kiwis look after their mental health with resources and programmes please open a fundraising page today.
Mum-of-three Katina shares her story of how she has run to honour her brother’s memory and help others with depression. 


It’s less than 50 days to go till race day. And, keeping in mind that it takes about 21 days for our bodies to properly adapt to new training, we only have four weeks of solid marathon prep ahead of us for the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon.
So it’s officially crunch time! And time especially to nail those long runs.
Read top running coach Hayden Shearman’s official Rotorua Marathon running blog.


Listen out for our latest radio campaign on the Hits promoting the Rotorua Marathon. It’s all over the airwaves in the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua for the month of March. It’s time to knock off that bucket list you always said you wanted to do. But if you're local and you can’t make it out on the day to run or walk, we’d love you to come on out and support the competitors and participants on the day.
One of the special things about the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon is the amazing atmosphere and friendly welcome all the runners receive. It’s what makes the event so special and a favourite on the national running circuit every year. 


Rachel Grunwell is a mum, marathoner, yoga teacher & award-winning writer. She’s the director of Inspired Health… and resident blogger for the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon.
Read her latest blog about Bill Richardson joining the Survivors Club and running his 307th marathon this year in Rotorua. Read more about Bill’s amazing story on our Facebook page.


That’s it for another edition of the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon newsletter. We’re counting down to April 30, so don’t forget to get your entry in before March 31 to save some cash.
Enter here


See you at the start line!

Your Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon team.