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If you are reading this, congratulations, you've made it to the end of another year! We'd like to wish all our Rotorua Marathon fans a very Merry Christmas and an active, but restful holiday period. We know you'll have a little extra time on your hands in the next few weeks, so what better to do than go for a run or walk as often as you can!
Who will be training on Christmas Day
If you are counting, it's now less than 20 weeks until the 2017 Rotorua Marathon on Saturday 6 May 2017. If that date is not stuck in your diary with a big red circle around it, put it there now!
There are two blogs in this newsletter - one a special story about a family remembering a beloved son and another about the gift of running. These come from two of our official bloggers and we are sure you will find them both very inspiring.
We’re thrilled to announce that the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust (RECT) have confirmed their support of the Rotorua Marathon, as naming rights sponsor of the half marathon.  We are grateful for their ongoing support of the iconic event and in the numerous and wide ranging benefits it brings annually to the Rotorua community,
RECT Chair Stewart Edward said “We’re very pleased to once again support this important event by sponsoring the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust half marathon. This event brings revenue into the region, supports local businesses and clubs while providing opportunities for the whole community to get out and participate or support.”
We're also excited to announce Em's Power Cookies as partner to Rotorua Marathon.
Holiday time is a great time to enter Rotorua Marathon and kick start your preparations  ACT  NOW

The Gift of Fitness - Tempofit
No matter how many FitBits or GPS watches or fancy new running shoes you get this Christmas, the gift of fitness is something that only you can give yourself.
So let’s get busy preparing for yourself that gift of amazing training and racing in 2017. Tempofit's head coach Hayden Shearman puts it very nicely in his latest Rotorua Marathon blog.

Running Rotorua in Hamish's memory
Parents of a teenager lifesaver who drowned nearly a year ago plan to conquer 12 half-marathons in his memory – and Rotorua Marathon is at the top of their list.  17-year-old lifeguard Hamish Rieger was tragically swept off the rocks near the blowhole at Moturiki (Leisure) Island in the Bay of Plenty on January 23. Read about how his family plans to celebrate his life and his thirst for adventure in Rachel Grunwell's story.

Destination Rotorua
Rotorua is a diverse destination which offers something for the whole family.
From relaxing beside the lake, watching a geothermal wonder, walking through the forests or getting an adrenalin fix.
Rotorua is fun for all members of the family! 
Find out more about what to do when you're in Rotorua.
Jessica’s feat – bed-ridden to marathon running
Running in a race after six months of being bed-bound with chronic fatigue syndrome seems like an impossible feat, but Jessica Paterson is not your average teenager. 
Last year Jessica ran the Rotorua Marathon in support of the Mental Health Foundation. Having the extra motivation of running for a charity she believes in got her out of bed and over the finishing line. Read more

The good folks at ThermaTech have come up with a nice Christmas / New Year pressie for a lucky entrant.  We've got a $250 Thermatech voucher and we'll be drawing a winner from everyone who has entered by 31 December 2016. It's easy - just Get You Entry Done on time and you're in the draw. Good luck! You can also get some Special Rotorua Marathon ThermaTech Gear from our Online Shop

Em's Power Cookies
We’re super excited to announce Em’s Power Cookies have come on board as a partner and you’ll all be getting a tasty, nutritious Em’s Power Bite in your race pack in 2017!
If you’re new to Em’s, find them at bike/outdoor shops, BP Connect, New World and Pak N’Save.
If your favourite retailer isn’t stocking Em's Power Cookies, please ASK

Millennium Pure Romance Deal
A Weekend Escape For Two for just $209.
One night's Superior room accommodation for two at any Millennium Hotel in Rotorua or Queenstown (Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays only),
Full cooked breakfast for two, a bottle of bubbly and chocolates
Book your romantic weekend away now
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Enjoy your running and walking over the holidays!
It's a great time to enter Rotorua Marathon and kick start your preparations so  ENTER NOW and go in the draw for a $250 ThermaTech voucher.