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Local MP Todd McClay says he would like to see the Tarawera Ultramarathon become New Zealand’s premier running event and that new Government funding of $300,000 will help attract even more overseas competitors.

“We have the most beautiful backdrop in the world, a fantastic course, a quality field of runners and now the extra investment to help further promote this race and Rotorua to the world,” Mr McClay says.

“The Tarawera Ultramarathon has the opportunity to become the biggest and best running event in the country, promoting Rotorua to the world.”

“Founder Paul Charteris, Race Director Tim Day and their team have done a fantastic job and I’m very pleased the Government’s Major Events Fund has invested $300,000 to help efforts to expand this event.

Mr Chateris is currently promoting a new event for next year’s race called the Tarawera 100 Miler in America. The plan is for the 100-mile race to start and finish in central Rotorua near the Village Green and while formal approval is yet to be granted, talks with the Council have so far been productive.

“This is a fantastic chance to show even more of Rotorua off to an international audience. There will also be an immediate boost to our local economy given that at least 1150 overseas competitors are expected to stay here for an average of 9 days,” Mr McClay says. 

This latest funding follows $7.7m worth of recent Government support for events and attractions in Rotorua, including $3.2m for this year’s Crankworx and Mud Festival events.

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