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Rotorua Ekiden


Sat 12 Oct 2013, 8:00am–3:00pm

Where: Soundshell and Village Green, Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard Team of 6: $245.00
  • School Team of 6: $145.00
  • Billy No Mates (individuals): $50.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: RunningEvents

The 11th edition of New Zealand's only Ekiden is set to circumnavigate Lake Rotorua on Saturday 12 October 2013. Join almost 2,000 other runners and walkers for a fun event, a challenging run or walk and a great day out with your team mates! The Rotorua Ekiden follows the famous marathon course for 42km, split into six achievable legs that vary in distance from 5km to 9km. 

The ekiden was invented in Japan and involves teams of runners passing a tasuki - a traditional Japanese sash - from person to person in lieu of a baton. Running Events are embracing the Japanese heritage of this great event and we've adopted the Japanese Kanji symbol for friendship as our logo. What better way to spend a Saturday than a great run or walk with a bunch of your best mates, throwing high fives as you cross the finish line together on the Village Green?

Unlike other team relay events, the Rotorua Ekiden does not require you to find a dozen (or more) team mates, rent a minibus and run (or drive) through the night. The Ekiden is a fun and achievable event for teams of 3 to 6, which means your support crew can drive the course in a regular car. Walkers start at 8am, runners at 9am and the prize giving is done and dusted by 3:30pm, meaning you can rest on your laurels on Sunday and get into work Monday bright-eyed and ready to relive your achievements at the water cooler.

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