After reviewing all available options, Rotorua Marathon organisers have decided to postpone the 2020 Rotorua Marathon until Saturday 26 September.
The iconic event, which is owned by Athletics New Zealand, has been part of the Rotorua events calendar since 1965 and attracts around 3,500 participants each year. It had been scheduled for Saturday 2 May.
Athletics New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Pfitzinger said that based on the latest guidelines on Mass Gatherings provided by the Government and Ministry of Health, it was clear the event could not go ahead as planned.
“This is the first time the event has been postponed in its 56 year history, so it is unprecedented,” said Pete. “We know people will be disappointed and that many months of training go into preparing for an event like this, but the health of the community is our priority.”
A 50% refund will be offered to anyone who has entered but does not want to take part on the new date. There are also options around transferring entry to someone else, changing race distance or shifting entry to the May 2021 event. More information about this can be found here.
There will be no changes to the Rotorua Marathon format, with Full Marathon, Red Stag Timber Half Marathon, 10k and 5.5km options still available, and finishers medals available for all participants. The event will still incorporate the 2020 New Zealand Marathon Championships.