Saturday 26 September 2020

Take on the Lake and make it your greatest challenge in 2020. Known affectionately as the "People's Marathon" the iconic Rotorua Marathon is Australasia's oldest major marathon event. Everyone who enters the Full Marathon will receive a free 2XU cap. As we know people are passionate about their event t-shirts, these will be available to purchase. 

Start times:

8:00am - Start for Marathon runners 

8:05am - Start for all Marathon walkers

The Rotorua Marathon celebrates 56 years in 2020, with all marathon competitors will receive a Rotorua Marathon cap.


The start line is on Queens Drive within the Government Gardens, Rotorua, and is marked by a Start Banner on event day. We ask runners to line up first, behind the appropriate sign that indicates the time they anticipate completing the marathon in. This will then allow the start to go, and flow smoothly. Ensure you go under the Start banner for your timing chip to be recorded.

Personalised Drink bottle Stop Stations

Drink bottles must be delivered to the team at registration before 8pm on Friday 1 May. Bottles must be clearly labeled with name, race number and station. Personalised bottles will be the first table at each of these stations.
No 3 – 9.3km
No 6 – 19.5km
No 8 – 27.8km
No 11 – 37.0km

Age Limit

Marathon entrants must be 20 years or older. Ages taken on event day.

Marathon Course Cut

All participants must be past the 23.5km mark (Ramada Resort aid station) by 1.00pm for safety reasons. Competitors who have not reached this point on the course by 1.00pm will be required to get on the event shuttle bus and return to the finish line. These competitors will receive a half marathon medal. There is no exceptions to this

Time Limit

Official event timing will cease at 5pm. Those crossing the finish line after this time will be deemed not to have finished and will not be eligible for the finisher's medal.

Spot prizes

Minor Spot Prizes can be won after picking up your event number at registration. Major Spot Prizes are randomly drawn from all event entrants at Prize Giving at 3:30pm. You must be present to collect your prize.

Rotorua Marathon Partners