The iconic Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon – in our 53rd year and better than ever!

A distance for everyone to achieve your own personal goal ­ from a 5.5k fun run to the scenic lap of the lake in the full marathon.

Achieve that best time or new distance and at the same time raise much needed funds for your chosen charity! By setting up your fundraising page you can help achieve multiple goals and­ come away from the Rotorua Marathon with that new personal best time and a record fundraising effort!

We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua on 6 May 2016. Famously Rotorua - the place of skyrocketing geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and adventure activities for all.



Achilles NZ


Achilles is an international charitable organisation with the goal of providing everyday people with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in main stream running events. People of all abilities wanting to run distances from 5kms to marathons are included, it’s certainly not the domain of elites and athletes have included blind runners, those suffering from cerebral palsy and people who have had strokes and accidents. For an event such as the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon, one or two guides are teamed up to run with an athlete and provide support and encouragement throughout the race.

Child Cancer Foundation Inc


To be told that your child has cancer is like a bolt from the blue. Nothing can prepare you for it. Your world changes forever.” Each week in New Zealand three families receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. Dealing with the challenges that come with caring for a child with cancer is extremely hard on families, but with financial, practical and emotional support this impact can be reduced. By joining the ‘Courage Crew’ at the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon you will be helping us continue providing families battling childhood cancer with the vital support they need.


Mental Health Foundation


Each year 1 in 5 Kiwis experience a mental health problem. The Mental Health Foundation works to ensure no one has to face this on their own. We provide free mental health information and support to people, and touching the lives of 20,000 New Zealander’s each month. We also promote what we know makes and keeps people mentally well so they can help themselves to get through difficult and stressful times. We know that being active is a great way to boost physical and mental wellbeing - join the Mental Health Foundation team and take part in the Rotorua Marathon, we guarantee it’ll feel good!


SPCA New Zealand


Every year, tens of thousands of unloved, abused and abandoned animals need help from the SPCA. Joining Team SPCA for the Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon means that whenever an animal is in need you’ll be standing by our side; helping us to prevent cruelty, rescue animals in need and provide the shelter, love and care that they desperately need. Sign up to run for Team SPCA today and you really will be ‘saving lives with every step’.


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