59th Kawerau King of the Mountain

Date published: October 23, 2014 at 11:39 am | Comments

In 2014 the Kawerau King of the Mountain will hold the 59th year of tackling Putauaki (Mt. Edgecumbe) in what is renowned to be one of the toughest mountain races in New Zealand, first established in 1955.

Entries for the main race will be available online until October 29th (11.55pm) at www.kaweraukingofthemountain.co.nz, entries will be accepted on the day for the main race.

Radio 1XX School Relays – 9.30am

The school relays start the day’s activities with laps around Waterhouse St. reserve before the final leg heads up the finish line chute on Firmin Field. The relays start at 9.30am.

Norske Skog Tasman Prince & Princess Race- 11.00am

This is the curtain raiser event with around 200 children (aged 9-13) setting off from Firmin Field and tackling the lower foothills of Putauaki. The Prince & Princess race was first ran in 1969, continuity was sporadic during the early years but has now been a regular feature since 1980.

The present course (taking in the lower foothills) was introduced in 2004, which makes this year’s race the 10th anniversary run of this particular route and probably best described as the toughest mother of a kids mountain race!

  • Final official training sessions – Thursday (4.00pm) 23rd and Saturday (1.00pm) 25th October.
  • All entries must be received by Tuesday 28th October
  • No entries will be accepted on the day
  • SUB 30 rosettes awarded to all competitors crossing finish line within 30 minutes
  • Microchip timing for all competitors
  • Ice blocks and fruit provided to all finishers, with special thanks to Maori Investments Ltd.

With Kaya Corporaal (2013 Prince) heading into the main event, a new prince will definitely be crowned in 2014, whilst the Princess race will see Kawerau athlete Jayda Stewart aiming to make it two in succession.

59th Kawerau King of the Mountain – 12.00pm

The main race has the ‘return of the 3 kings’, the defending King – Sjors Corporaal (2 times) with Chris Morrissey (8) and Shay Williamson (1). This will be a mighty showdown! There is no Pomona king competitor present in 2014 but the returning Bryce Hegarty (junior from Pomona) will be keeping the Aussie hopes alive.

This race has now developed some serious challengers, with the likes of Lance Downie, Teunis Schonveld, Glen Stricot-Tarboton and Hayden Wilde all with the potential to pull out a win on the day. EBOP local multi sporter Sam Clark and the outstanding athlete (and back from the states) Daniel Jones, have indicated no intentions yet, but should not be ruled out as late entrants.

With this type of mountain running talent around, 2014 has the potential to be a record breaking year with anyone’s guess as to who will be crowned. Barry Prosser still holds the record (45.54) set in 1988 – when 20 athletes made the SUB 60 hall of fame in what was an astonishing year of super-fast times.

The big news in the Queen race is that Helen Rountree will not be defending her title due to other sporting obligations. This will throw the Queen title totally up in the air. Junior local women, Tori Robinson will be a good bet for a podium place, whilst 2nd place getter (2013), Ruby Muir, may be a surprise entry.

Kim Beckinsale is the representing Pomona Queen and was last in Kawerau in 2003, when she was crowned the Kawerau Queen in what was the last time the start /finish was last held at Prideaux Park.

  • Online entries available until 29th October (11.55pm) www.kaweraukingofthemountain.co.nz
  • Hard copies taken at Kawerau District Council
  • Late entries available on the day at Firmin Field – at the Mighty River Power marquee, kindly sponsored by MRP

You can keep up to date with the race at the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KawerauKingOfTheMountain and the official website www.kaweraukingofthemountain.co.nz where all entry details are available.

Source: Kawerau District Council