Join the ultimate running weekend

With race options from 2km to 21km and everything in between.

27th November 2016

Rotorua is the place to be in November for the ultimate running festival with something for everyone. Stunning Lake Rotorua provides the backdrop for a festival of events to suit every running and walking taste.

The blue ribband event of the weekend is the City of Rotorua Half Marathon, the only running event to bring Rotorua’s main thoroughfare, Fenton St, to a standstill. There’s also a super fast and flat 10k, an easy 4k community run and we round things off with a 2km kids’ dash. Every single finisher takes home a superb commemorative medal to remember a great day out. This is a running festival like no other!

Rotorua Running Festival from the skies

Check out the breath-taking drone footage and finisher video from the 2014 Rotorua Running Festival to see how beautiful the course is for yourself. Click on the image below to go through to our vimeo page. Don’t forget to choose ‘HD’ so you can watch in full high definition.

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Flat & Fast

There’s hardly a hill in sight as our flat and fast courses provide a great opportunity to score a PB at your chosen distance.

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Scenic Courses

Enjoy a stunning scenic tour from the giant Redwoods, barren sulphur flats and stunning Lake Rotorua.

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Cultural Treasures

Rotorua Museum, the Blue Baths and Te Puia are just some of the cultural gems you will encounter along the way.

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Finisher Medal

Every single finisher in our Sunday events - yes, even the kids! - takes home a beautiful commemorative medal.

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Something for Everyone

With distances ranging from the 2km Kids’ Dash to the City Of Rotorua Half Marathon, there’s an option for everyone.

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Tourist Mecca

The festival attracts runners from around the world who combine their run with a visit to NZ’s permier tourist town.

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Our competitors are our greatest advocates …

Read on below for some of the many positive comments and feedback we received from the 2014 event.

Fantastic day in Rotorua. Really well organised event and the biggest medal ever…. Thanks so much we had a blast!
Sandra Zammit
You guys really know how to put on a great event, well organized, great course and you even turned on the weather, can’t wait for next year, thanks
Les Goodall

“Thank you for a wonderful event and day.”

“Surreal course through the forest and sulphur flats. Very well managed from go to whoa.”

Great atmosphere… I’ll be back.” - Kay Lindsay

Benji and Sophie-Kate had a blast today - Sophie was thrilled with her PB and 2nd place. Thanks for a great run!
Sarah Groen
Love your events will be back for more! there are so many events to choose from, we have to go where we get value for money.
Marcia Soanes

Enjoy a weekend of running or walking …

Or watching everyone from the elite to the kids!

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