Event Day Schedule

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7:00am – 9:00am Final registration and Event Pack pick up at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside.   While you’re there, get your early morning coffee fix from the Novotel Coffee Cart – next to our registration area behind Clarke’s Bar
9:00am Early morning spot prizes and entertainment at the start area outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
9:05am Warm-up for walking teams at the start area outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
9:20am Safety briefing for walking teams (and any team expecting to take longer than six hours)
9:30am Walkers START!  Outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
9:50am Warm-up for fancy dress and running teams at the start area outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside.
10:05am Safety briefing for fancy dress and running teams
10:15am Fancy Dress World Champs START (runners and walkers) at the start area outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside.  (Don’t forget to get your team photo taken when you finish the race to be considered for the Fancy Dress Champs)
10:30am Runners START at the start area outside Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
From midday Giveaways and entertainment with The Edge Rotorua – at Clarke’s Bar, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
5.00pm Awards Ceremony and After Party (dress in your favourite blue and black retro athletic gear, have fun, watch the rugby and enjoy some fantastic live music).  Clarke’s Bar Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
5:45pm The Rugby World Cup game – All Blacks vs Italy has been CANCELLED but our DJ will be onsite in Clarke’s Bar to keep the party going!
7:30pm DJ
8.00pm Live music from the amazing 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
Download Team Captain’s Handbook
Rotorua Ekiden Merit Awards and Rules
Awards and Rules
2019 Event FAQ
Download the Poster