Sabrina Grogan will compete in her final New Zealand race ahead of an Italian adventure that will include vertical kilometres and gelato.

The 25-year-old Tauranga runner will compete in the off-road half marathon at Saturday's Rotorua Marathon, in what will be the three-time national mountain running champ's last race before three months overseas.

Grogan is in her final year as a medical student and will do a placement in northern Italy next month. She chose Italy as it has plenty of top options for a keen trail runner and she is also keen on having a crack at a vertical

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