Race Day: 25 November 2018
Venue: The Village Green, Rotorua
The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience. The Race Guide will be available for download here two weeks out from the event. Don’t miss it!
|23 July 2018||Online registration opens.|
|16 Sep 2018||Earlybird entry rates expire.|
|28 Oct 2018||Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.|
|28 Oct 2018||Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.|
|18 Nov 2018||Family entry packages expire.|
|19 Nov 2018||Race Week entry rates apply.|
|24 Nov 2018||4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.|
|24 Nov 2018||9pm: Online registration closes (if not already sold out)|
|25 Nov 2018||Race Day!|
Race Day Schedule
|6:00am||Late entry & race day registration opens|
|7:10am||Compulsory race briefing – 10K Classic (@ start line)|
|7:15am||RACE START 10K Classic|
|7:20am||Compulsory race briefing – Half Marathon (@ start line)|
|7:30am||RACE START 21K|
|9:25am||Compulsory race briefing – 4km (@ start line)|
|9:30am||RACE START 4K Community Fun Run & Walk|
|10:25am||Compulsory race briefing – Kids’ Dash (@ start line)|
|10:30am||RACE START 2km Kids’ Dash|
|11:00am||Awards ceremony and spot prizes|
|11:30am||CLOSE Event Concludes|
The Rotorua Half Marathon event t-shirt is available to purchase when you register. Made from light-weight, dry-fit material, the shirt design features the event logo. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – add it to your registration later. You can pick up your t-shirt from the Merchandise tent at the venue during pre-race registration or on race day. The t-shirt design will be available soon.
Important! All of our t-shirts are produced months in advance of the event and quantities and sizes are strictly limited. Please order your t-shirt early – once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite t-shirt to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the t-shirt laid on a flat surfaces. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt. The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.
It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.
Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.
Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 28 days prior to the event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.
Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.
When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.
Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.
Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.
Everyone who finishes the Rotorua Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative finisher medal. We take great pride in the medals we award at the Rotorua Half Marathon and believe they are amongst the very best you will find at any event in the country. We hope you agree!
2018 Finisher Medal
2017 Finisher Medal
With the start/finish lines less than 100 metres away on the Village Green … why would you want to stay anywhere else?
Recently renovated to a very high standard throughout, the Novotel is our host hotel and it simply could not be more convenient for accessing all of the race activities. Your start/finish line is only metres away on the Village Green. Novotel’s sister hotel, the Ibis, is immediately adjacent and offers the same convenience at a more economical price point.
Every entrant to the Rotorua Half Marathon will receive a special discount off the best daily rates available. Just use the Preferential Code below when booking directly from the Novotel or Ibis web sites.
Discount Code: BGPG
The Rotorua Half Marathon employs a number of road closures around the venue and on the course to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants, spectators and the public.
- From 5am to 11am: Lake Front Drive from the volcanic playground to Memorial Drive
- From 5am to 11am: Memorial Drive
- From 5am to 11am: Oruawhata Drive
- From 7:10am to 7:20am and 7:25am to 7:35am: Fenton St from Memorial Drive to south of Amohau St (SH30a) junction.
- From 7am to 9:30am: Long Mile Road, east of visitor centre car park
Important! Running Events are indebted to Rotorua Lakes Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency for their assistance in helping us provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our participants on race day. We are especially thankful to the residents and road users of Rotorua for the patience and understanding whilst the event takes place.
There is plentiful parking around in the streets around the venue, particularly along Lake Rd, Whakaue St and Rangiuru St. We do have a big crowd coming, however, so allow yourself a little extra time if you are driving to the event, you may have to park 5-10 minutes easy walk from the venue.
Please park sensibly. It is just basic courtesy not to park on grass verges or block driveways for the very tolerant residents and businesses in the area. Obey all parking directions and you can avoid a nasty surprise when you return to your vehicle.
Spot Prizes & Merit Awards
The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.
We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Brooks running shoes and the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watch. The grand prize is a big screen TV (or similar). Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!
Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.
Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:
- Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
- Half Marathon Run,
- Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
- 10K Classic Run,
- 10K Classic Competitive Walk
- 4K Fun Run & Walk
- Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
- Ages 7 & Under
- Ages 8 & Over
Thanks to Kerris Browne and her Jogging the Powerpoles group, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. Our pacers will be wearing a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. Look out for the coloured flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the start line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!
|2’20”||Orange (subject to availability)|
Information For Walkers
Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.
Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.
Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.
Important! Due to the need to re-open the road junction at Fenton St and Amohau St (SH30a) as quickly as possible, all hybrid and competitive walkers should start at the back of the main field on the same start signal as runners. Walkers should proceed to this junction without delay. If you arrive after the junction has been re-opened, you will be directed onto the footpath and you will have to cross the junction under normal pedestrian rules before re-joining the event.
Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.
How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.
Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.
It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.
Read the health and safety plan on the event web site which covers your behaviour and spectators who accompany you to the event. Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.
Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.
Remember that other a small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Even where a road closure is in place, we cannot guarantee the course will be traffic free. Stick to the pavement where directed to do so and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.
Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.