Rotorua Ekiden FAQ

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Q       Can a Team Captain enter their team members online?

A       Yes.  The easiest way to do this is by using this link to log into your profile

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions

Q       How do I update our team details?

A       Team Captains can access their team list by logging into their profile.  The quickest way is by using the link:  Click on the words “Standard Team” or “School Team” below your name and you will be able to edit your team details including, team name, song, race category, etc.

Q       What is the key information that you require for each participant?

A       We require their first and last names, email address, mobile number and the name and phone number of their emergency contact.

Q       What’s the maximum length a team name can be?

A       Ideally, 20 characters so that they can be clearly seen when printed on the bibs.  Remember if you want to be seen, keep it short – the longer the name the smaller the font.

Q       Can the Team Captain be an organisation or business?

A       No.  The Team Captain needs to be a person.

Q       Is there an age restriction for team members?
A       Yes, all participants must be at least 13 years old on event day.

Q       Can I change my team order on race day?

A       Yes, we are not concerned who does what leg for your team, as long as all team members do at least one leg.

Q       Is the After Party function prize-giving free?

A       Yes.  Your team registration fee includes a complimentary ticket to the After Party at the Novotel on Saturday night.  Anyone under 18 must to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q       Can I run or walk with a dog, even if I keep the dog on the lead?

A       No, unless there is a health reason for doing so, and only with written the permission of the organisers.

Q       Can I run or walk more than one leg?

A       Yes, you can run as many legs as you want to as long as there are three people in a team and the other two members do a leg each.

Q       What is a lap?

A       A lap is the same as a leg. It is the official term for an Ekiden leg. You may see and hear both mentioned by the organisers.

Q       Can I run or walk alongside a team member to support them?

A       Yes, as long as you are another team member of that team.

Q       What happens if as a walking team we decide to run?

A       Team captains have until 9pm on Wednesday 9 October to change their team category online from walking to running.  After that you will need to let us know at registration.

Q       I’m entered in a running team.  If I walk some of the time will I be disqualified?

A       No.  Walking is permitted in the running section but running is not permitted in the walking section.

Q       Will there be water out on the course?

A       Yes, there will be a limited amount of water and electrolyte drink at each of the changeover stations but we ask you to use your own drink bottle. It is important the event is as environmentally friendly and, as such, will be a cup-free event.

Q       Can any team enter the (un)Official Fancy Dress World Champs

A       Yes, teams from any of the categories are eligible to enter the competition.  Your team can start with the rest of the Fancy Dress competitors, or in your division (walkers or runners).  Please refer to the Event Day Schedule for start times, and read the rules of the (un)Official  Fancy Dress World Champs (both can be found on the Event Info page of the Ekiden website).

Q       Can I push a baby stroller around the course?

A       No.  All forms of wheeled conveyance (eg skate boards, scooters, bikes) are not permitted for safety reasons.

Q       What’s the average time a walker or runner would take to complete the course?

A       You’ll find this information on the Results page of this website.

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
Download Team Captain’s Handbook
Rotorua Ekiden Merit Awards and Rules
Awards and Rules
2019 Event FAQ
Download the Poster