Tarawera Ultramarathon 2016
Redwood Visitor Centre, Long Mile Road, Lynmore, Rotorua
Saturday 6th February 2016
All Day



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Haere mai! Welcome to the Tarawera Ultramarathon, New Zealand’s most prestigious ultramarathon, part of the 11-race Ultra-Trail World Tour. The 8th annual Tarawera Ultramarathon will be on 6 February, 2016.  The DRAFT 2016 race programme is online. Runners entered in the 100, 85 or 60km race will complete a course that will take them around four lakes, through many forests, past waterfalls and some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The spectacular course will also take runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand. A total of 1260 participants, including nearly 400 international athletes and many of the world’s best trail ultra runners, will run the race of their lives from Rotorua to Kawerau in February. The Tarawera Ultramarathon is a world-class event and a must-do for every runner looking to challenge themselves and experience their own adventure along some of the most beautiful trails in the world. Come and join us in Rotorua and experience this special land and its people. – See more at: http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz/

The Course

Tarawera Ultramarathon Course

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102km course. Rotorua to Kawerau.  + 2755 metres vertical gain   – 3055 metres vertical loss.  Download .GPX file  | download .kml file 
87km course. Rotorua to Kawerau.   + 2297 metres vertical gain   – 2595 metres vertical loss.
62km course. Rotorua to Tarawera Falls. + 2043 metres vertical gain   – 2177 metres vertical loss.
Relays. 85km course. 2 or 4 person teams.

General type:  Low elevation, single tracks (trails) and wide trails through forests, narrow forestry roads, wide forestry roads and some sealed road.  Gentle hills, short, steep hills, flat sections. Very few stairs.

Aid station locations, cutoff times, expected arrival times (first and last runner) are here.

– See more at: http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz/the-race/the-course/#sthash.swgyUi8T.dpuf

The Race

8th annual Tarawera Ultramarathon. 6 February 2016.

Ways to connect: facebook group | twitter | strava club | photos | race blog | e-mail list | See a complete overview of the event in the 2015 race programme.

Quick links:  Enter | Multi-year memberships | The course | Current starters | Ultra Trail World Tour | Crew, Supporters and Pacers | FAQ | Results | Champions | Course Records | Volunteer | Contacts | Travel to New Zealand and Rotorua


Date Saturday 6 February 2016
Distances 62, 87, 102 km. Relay options: 2 or 4 person for the 87km distance. More details on the Tarawera Ultra course.
Entry Entry opens on 1 June at 11am (NZ) time each year. Expect the race to sell-out. Entry is limited to 1000 entrants *each relay team counts as one entry.
Minimum age 17* for the 102km and 16* for other distances. Note -athletes aged 17 and intending to compete in the 102km and athletes aged 16 and competing in either the 62 or 87km will be required to submit evidence to the organiser that they have participated in similar events.
Prizes and prize money The top five place finishers (male and female) in each solo ultra distance receive a custom medal. The 100k winners receive a trophy. There is no prize money.
Race programme The latest race programme is here
Start Line The Redwoods Visitors Centre – Rotorua New Zealand. Map
Start time 6am on Saturday
Finish-line The Tarawera Falls for the 62km. Firmin Field Kawerau for the 102, 87km and relays.
Race Week Schedule Race weeks starts on Thursday with a fun run. There is an official race welcome, Expo, Seminars and Registration on Friday. Race day is Saturday and Prizegiving on Sunday. The latest schedule for the Tarawera Ultra race week.
The course A point to point run from Rotorua to Kawerau. The majority of the run is on singletrack trails through native bush or forestry roads with less than 2% being on a sealed public road. In the Tarawera Forest you will be on deserted forestry roads, some of it, alongside the river. This is a trail run – not a road race.

Net downhill with a 357 metre (840 foot) elevation loss. The running surface is excellent with free-draining volcanic soils with some technical roots and rocks on the Okataina and Tarawera section of the course from Humphries Bay to The Outlet. More Info.Information for Crew and Spectators and PacersCrew and Spectators and Pacer information is here. There is comprehensive information in the race guide also.

– See more at: http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz/the-race/#sthash.b0npNIgM.dpuf


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