Leg Three of the Ekiden traverses the northern edge of Lake Rotorua. It is the most scenic leg by far, but also, arguably, the toughest. If you are up to the challenge, this is the most rewarding leg of the race.

Leg three begins with 3km of flat along Hamurana Rd, hugging the lakeside and with beautiful views across the lake throughout. The road turns inland around the 4km mark for a challenging section of hills cuts through native bush. The crest is just past 5.6km and from there it is downhill or flat all the way to the changeover point with most of the final 1500 metres back on the lakeside.

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All teams need to take the upmost care at Changeover Points

We know the changeover points are a lot of fun and it’s very exciting waiting for your runner to arrive before you dash off to the next changeover. However, all participants MUST take the utmost care of themselves and those around them. Please, please, please – this is not the Olympics and a few seconds will not matter at the end of the afternoon. Team drivers – you MUST enter, park and exit the changeover vicinity slowly and safely. Concentrate on the road and those around you, not the race. Team members, look out for other cars when you exit your vehicle – you are not bulletproof!

On to Leg 4…
Podium Podiatry & Footwear
Novotel Lakeside Rotorua
Saucony
Garmin
R-Line Electrolyte Drink
Agroventures
Skyline
Voyager Luggage
Rotorua Rafting
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