Top num­bers for Qtown marathon

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

The third year of Queen­stown’s in­ter­na­tional marathon will be the big­gest yet with a record num­ber of en­tries.

The Air New Zealand Queen­stown In­ter­na­tional Marathon has 9544 peo­ple reg­is­tered for the event on Novem­ber 19 and 1936 of those reg­is­tered for the 42km full marathon.

Ath­letes with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties signed up across all events, with the youngest com­peti­tor a 5 year old and the old­est be­ing 81.

Event di­rec­tor Nicole Fair­weather said the re­sponse had been fan­tas­tic.

‘‘Given the in­cred­i­ble pop­u­lar­ity of the Air New Zealand Queen­stown In­ter­na­tional Marathon, we set caps on each of the events to en­sure there was no com­pro­mis­ing the qual­ity of the ex­pe­ri­ence for the run­ners. Even with those caps how­ever, we are very proud and hum­bled that in just our third year we are in the con­ver­sa­tion along­side the most pop­u­lar marathon events in the coun­try and con­tinue to show strong growth year upon year,’’ she said.

The ma­jor­ity of en­tries were from out­side Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict.

Al­most 50 coun­tries will be rep­re­sented in the race, with 1594 in­ter­na­tional run­ners com­ing from as far as China, USA, Hong Kong, Great Bri­tain, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia.

A high num­ber of run­ners meant a rise in Air New Zealand pas­sen­ger num­bers. The air­line will pro­vide about 1400 ex­tra seats into Queen­stown be­fore the marathon.

The reg­is­tra­tions are open on Novem­ber 18 from 9am and the races start the next day with a 10km run in Frank­ton at 7.45am and a full marathon at 8.45am.

A run­ner in a pre­vi­ous Queen­stown In­ter­na­tional Marathon.

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