Event Day Schedule

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6:30am – 8:00am Final registration and Event Pack pick up at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
7:30am – 9:15am Fancy Dress World Champs competition photo session at the start/finish area
8:30am Entertainment begins on stage near the start/finish area
9:00am Early morning spot prizes – be there or be square!
9:05am Warm-up for walking teams in front of the stage
9:20am Safety briefing for walking teams (and any team expecting to take longer than 6 hours) in front of the stage
9:30am Walkers START!
9:50am Warm-up for fancy dress and running teams in front of the stage
10:05am Safety briefing for fancy dress and running teams  in front of the stage
10:15am Fancy Dress World Champs START!
10:30am Runners START!
5:00pm Prize giving on stage outside Clarke’s Bar, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
5.45pm DJ begins
5:45pm Barbeque Buffet Dinner commences followed by Ekiden After Party (‘Blue and Black’ party dress theme)
(pre-purchase dinner tickets in the ‘Merchandise’ section of the Online Entry process)
7.30pm BBQ Buffet Dinner concludes
8.00pm Live music from STAGEPASS
11.00pm Evening ends

Follow the links to access further event information:

Important Dates
Fancy Dress World Champs
Fancy Dress World Champs
Rotorua Ekiden Fun Team Relay Finisher Medal
2019 Finisher Medal
Event Pack Pickup
Your Team Tasuki (Sash)
Japanese Taiko Drummers at the Rotorua Ekiden Fun Relay
Event Day Schedule
Venue and Parking
Getting Around the Course
Rotorua Ekiden Team Relay Team Captain
Team Captains Handbook
Rotorua Ekiden Merit Awards and Rules
Awards and Rules
2019 Event FAQ
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