Top numbers for Qtown marathon
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.