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Hey Everyone! It’s the Valentine’s Day edition of the Rotorua Marathon newsletter, and what better way to celebrate the day for lovers, than by gifting your one and only an entry into a Rotorua Marathon event? They'll even get to run around a heart-shaped course! to sign up today! Or perhaps some of the awesome ThermaTech Rotorua Marathon gear you can buy straight from our shop on our website.

This month we have some excellent blogs and articles to help inspire you, provide helpful training tips and encourage you to consider supporting one of our very special charity partners – Child Cancer Foundation. It’s the ideal evening read to sit back and relax, with your special other (and/or a box of chocolates – though we wouldn’t necessarily recommend for post-run nutrition) as you look forward to that incredible day on May 6, when you stand on the start line of New Zealand’s premier and much-loved marathon on the shores of stunning Lake Rotorua.

We’re also very happy to announce a new key partner has come on board as part of the Rotorua Marathon family. The New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) has been helping community sport in NZ since the late 90’s and we’re thrilled to have them as part of our faithful group of partners.

NZCT is all about supporting community participation in sport, and providing the funds to help grassroots organisations to do that, particularly for our youth. We’re very pleased to have local professional venue operators to host our gaming machines who allow us to help fund the iconic Rotorua Marathon and be a part of such a well-known and supported event that has for over 50 years contributed so much to the Rotorua region. We wish all the participants, volunteers and organisers the best of luck with their preparation and race” Mike Knell – Chief Executive

And lastly, don’t forget to download our free Rotorua Marathon App, there will be lots of information, prizes, offers and content coming through over the next few months as we head towards May 6. See below for details.

Hope the training is going well.

Your Rotorua Marathon team

Grandad ready for 40th Rotorua Marathon
Grandad James Crosswell is about to run the Rotorua Marathon for the 40th time when the event is held on 6 May, moving him up a rung in the Rotorua Marathon Survivors Club.
He’ll be darn proud of this achievement and he reckons that finish-line feeling will be just as good as the first time he lapped the lake in 1973.
Read More about James in this story by Rachel Grunwell.

How should you feel when training for a marathon? 
The short answer is this: tired.
But that's not the end of the story. You should feel like you're bouncing back from the bigger long runs within 24-48 hours.
Here are some tips from Tempofit head coach Hayden Shearman for making sure you do. 
Hayden Shearman Rotorua Marathon blog

Run Long, Run Light, Run, with the new ASICS footwear range
The new ASICS footwear range has hit stores and with more styles than ever available in multiple widths, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect fit so that you are prepared and comfortable on race day.
One to look out for is the GEL-Kayano 23 which is available in Women’s and Men’s standard and wide fits. To find out if the GEL-Kayano 23 is the right shoe for you visit an ASICS Running Expert Store or check out the range online

Marathon team – Courage Crew!    
Did you know that every week, more than three kiwi children are diagnosed with cancer, and right now Child Cancer Foundation is supporting more than 500 families around the country? Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct government funding, so relies on the generosity of people like you to deliver our vital service. When you join Courage Crew and fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation, you’re ensuring the whole family is supported when a child is diagnosed with cancer.
Register now

Copthorne Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon
Join the Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5km and Little Devils Race in the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest.
Every competitor that finishes will receive a stunning finisher's medal and a FREE Hell's Pizza voucher. Now that is value for money!  

Click Here to enter now
The Official Rotorua Marathon App
Have you downloaded the brand new Rotorua Marathon App full of all the information you need at your finger-tips. Get the latest news, start fundraising, check out the different events, get the latest information and FAQs, check out  previous results, sort your training and enter online, all from your smartphone. Download the free App now.
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There's less than three months to go to the 2017 Rotorua Marathon, so now is a great time to make the committment to enter and kick start your preparations.  ENTER NOW!