Personal message from Athletics NZ CEO
We are excited to be able to host this iconic event, which is one of the highlights of our calendar. We are, however, extremely disappointed that those based in the Auckland region will not be able to take part.
As a long-time marathon runner, I understand the months of hard work and training that go into preparing for a marathon or half-marathon, as well as the great enjoyment gained from participating in the shorter distances.
This decision was made after a detailed review of the government recommendations and Sport NZ guidelines and has not been taken lightly. Our hope throughout the covid-19 pandemic has always been that the 2020 Rotorua Marathon would proceed as planned, having already postponed it from 2 May.
Unfortunately, the details of the latest government announcement made it clear that – while it is possible for the event to go ahead with most of New Zealand expected to be at Alert Level 1 – Auckland residents would unfortunately not be able to take part due to the additional restrictions in place for all Aucklanders.
While Aucklanders are allowed to travel, they are encouraged to behave as if they’re taking their extra restrictions with them when travelling. They are currently advised to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, unless attending a funeral or tangihanga.
These restrictions are due to be reviewed on Monday 21 September and the government has agreed, in principle, to move Auckland down to Alert Level 2 following that but with some restrictions on gatherings still in place. The Alert Level 2 restrictions on gatherings are currently set at 100 people and there is no indication as to whether this will be amended if Auckland does move down to Alert Level 2 as proposed on Monday 23 September.
Under those government guidelines, it is simply not possible to manage this for the Rotorua Marathon across the various courses. Due to the high participation numbers, as well as the logistics around the start/finish area, it is not possible to effectively maintain separate groups, even with staggered start times. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision that Aucklanders will unfortunately not be able to take part in the 2020 Rotorua Marathon.
All Auckland-based entrants will receive a free transfer to the 2021 Rotorua Marathon on 1 May or a 50 per cent refund and we look forward to hosting all of New Zealand for this historic event next year.
For those from other regions still able to take part this year, I hope your training has gone well and best wishes for your final preparations!
Yours in running,
Athletics NZ CEO
Each Auckland-based entrant will be contacted directly, for the full terms and conditions of the 2020 Rotorua Marathon please click here
All government-advised health measures will be in place on 26 September to ensure a safe and successful hosting of the 2020 Rotorua Marathon.
If you are yet to enter the 2020 Rotorua Marathon, please click here to see all four distances on offer – you can run or walk, so pick your pace!
Please note this is not the official Rotorua Marathon website. For all information on the Rotorua Marathon and the official site click here.