Event Information

Start Times:

Event Day Start Time

42Km Marathon - Whakarewarewa Forest Walk

Saturday 17th March

8am

21Km Half Marathon - Whakarewarewa Forest Walk

Saturday 17th March

9am

10Km Whakarewarewa Forest Walk

Saturday 17th March

10am

30Km Challenge

Sunday 18th March

8am

20Km Town Walk

Sunday 18th March

9am

10Km Family Walk

Sunday 18th March

10am

REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are accepted for one or two days. Enter section(s) that suit your ability. Collect registration packs beforehand from 4pm Friday 17th or 7am Saturday 18th or 7am Sunday 19th March 2017 from the Registration Centre at Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Rd. Packs contain the checkpoint card & participants ID patch, programme booklet & route maps, and any late information.

NZ TEAM ENTRIES

To qualify for this category (and the ‘best team’ award) entries are welcomed from NZ teams of 6-10 or more (max 13) who represent clubs, companies or similar organisations, as well as family or neighbourhood groups. This category is not available to offshore groups - NZ Teams only. Each team must walk together on the same route and be distinguished by all members wearing the same items of identifying apparel. e.g. Tee shirts with printed team name/logo. Many teams also carry a team flag or banner.

MARSHALLS

Marshalls will be along the routes to encourage and assist walkers with route information. At times, walkers will meet up with those on other routes. Toilets available on all routes.

FOOD & DRINK

Non-alcoholic drinks (juice & water) are available en-route at many marshal stations but please be aware that the drinks may not always be where or when you personally may need them so be prepared to carry a little extra. Finger food and light refreshments will be available at H/Q and also on some routes so please carry some cash.

AWARDS

A ‘Rotorua Walking Festival’ medal or an update pin for previous achievers will be awarded to walkers who complete their route on both days and a “Finishers Certificate” will be available for those who complete their section on just the one day. Please carry your ‘Checkcard’ (on the reverse of the Participant tag) and collect the 3 checkpoint stamps/clips for your route as you walk.

IML & IVV

The Rotorua Walking Festival is a member of the IML & IVV International Walking Organisations. Hundreds of walkers will participate to gain their IML ‘New Zealand’ bar and passport stamp. Minimum requirement for the NZ-IML passport stamp is 20km on both days (10km if you are aged 70 or older). All routes are also eligible for the NZ-IVV passport stamp.

TOUR GROUPS

If you are visiting from overseas and would like assistance to organise a group tour while in NZ please contact us. We have an experienced volunteer available to help.

SAFETY

The event is conducted on defined routes of variable terrain over public and private roads, walkways, forests, parks and among natural geothermal reserves. Participants need to take full responsibility for their own safety, health, well-being and have the ability to undertake the event and have an understanding of normal N.Z. road and safety rules. ATTENDANCE AT THE SAFETY BRIEFINGS HELD PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH ROUTE IS REQUIRED AND NECESSARY.

MEDICAL

Please wear suitable clothing, sunhat and footwear. First Aid kits will be available at H/Q and medical assistance can be arranged if necessary. Showers (bring your own towels and toiletries) and foot massage facilities will be available at H/Q each afternoon.