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24 February 2022 • Road

The 2022 Rotorua Marathon postponed

A scene from the 2021 Rotorua Marathon. (Credit: Alisha Lovrich).

The Rotorua Marathon organising team has confirmed that the 2022 Rotorua Marathon will be postponed from its original date of Saturday 7 May, with the rescheduled event now set for Saturday 17 September 2022.

With COVID-19 case numbers beyond those previously seen in New Zealand and no indication of when the country will move out of the red light setting, the decision was made to give participants and everyone involved behind-the-scenes certainty and time to adjust to the new event date.  

The historic Rotorua Marathon has been a regular fixture on the annual running calendar for 58 years. This is the second time the iconic event has been postponed. In 2020 the event was postponed because of the global pandemic with the rescheduled race run later in the year. Note, the event was cancelled in 1999 when flooding washed out part of the course.

The Rotorua Marathon is owned by Athletics New Zealand and managed in conjunction with Rotorua-based events company Event Promotions.

Athletics New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Pfitzinger said: “This is not a decision we wanted to make and it has not been an easy one.”

“An event the size of the Rotorua Marathon can only operate under orange or green traffic light settings. We looked at all options for continuing with the May date as planned, but with the ongoing uncertainty and rising COVID-19 case numbers we felt it was better to make the call early.”

“We are grateful to our host city partner Rotorua Lakes Council for their flexibility and support of this decision, as well as our other event partners and suppliers.”

“We hope that by September participants will be able to have the full Rotorua Marathon experience without many of the current restrictions,” added Pete.

Anyone who has already registered for the 2022 Rotorua Marathon will be emailed by the event organisers, with further updates shared on the Rotorua Marathon Facebook, Instagram and website.