100 Mile Endurance Run



If you have already entered the Tarawera Ultramarathon and would like to upgrade to the 100 Miler, please fill out this form. We will then upgrade your distance and send you an email notification with the next steps to complete payment.


RACE DAY                        Saturday 10 February 2018 – Sunday 11 February 2018

START TIME                    4.00am Saturday

START & FINISH             Downtown Rotorua

ALLOWABLE TIME        36 hours

REGISTRATION              Thursday 8 Feb. 12-noon to 5.30pm and Friday 9 Feb. 10am to 12-noon.                                                                                                           Location to be confirmed.

RUNNER BRIEFING      Thursday 8 Feb. 7pm. COMPULSORY. Location to be confirmed.

CREW BRIEFING           Thursday 8 Feb. 8:15 pm. OPTIONAL. Location to be confirmed.

ACTIVITIES                     All activities as part of the Tarawera Ultramarathon race week apply to the 100 miler.

VOLUNTEERING          ALL entrants will be required to undertake a minimum of eight hours of volunteer work. A volunteer form must be completed and signed by a race director or park official.

New Zealand's ultimate endurance challenge



Number of athletesLow (20-30)XMassive (2000+)
Countries representedLow (1-2)XMassive (90+)
Quality of elite fieldNon-eliteXHighly competitive
Diversity of sceneryAll the sameXExtremely varied
FriendlinessGrumpyXWildly happy
TechnicalityNon-technicalXExtremely technical
HeatFreezing coldXExtremely hot
HumidityDryXExtremely humid
Stairs and stepsNoneXAbundant
Dangerous wildlifeNoneXFrequent
Achievable first time ultraEasyXVirtually impossible
Number of aid stationsSelf supportedXFully catered
Quality of aid stationsVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- Food for vegan runnersVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- Food for gluten free runnersVirtually nothing XEverything provided
-- Hot foodVirtually nothingXEverything provided
Number of volunteersFew (20-30)XMany (2000+)
Start-line location *Non existentXExcellent
Finish line location **Non existentXExcellent
Ease of spectating/ crewingDifficultXVery easy
Mobile tracking and live updatesNoneXAll the time
Environmental programmesNoneXComprehensive
Medical and safety coverageFinish line onlyXEntire course

* parking security, atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink.
** parking security, atmosphere, food and drink.

Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run. New Zealand fern



The course for 2018 is not yet final. It will include some of the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km courses and much more. The course features narrow single track trails, wide trails, forestry and sealed roads. Forests, lakes, geothermal features and the city of Rotorua. It will be a runnable, moderately hilly trail ultra marathon course.

The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run takes a substantially different course to the 62, 87 or 102km ultramarathon courses. The latter half of the 100 Miler course will share some trails in common with the Tarawera Ultra courses.

We expect the winning male to complete the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run course in 14 hours or less. As a rough guide, this a little faster than Western States and much faster than UTMB.

DISTANCE: Approximately 165 km (not less).

ELEVATION GAIN / LOSS: To be confirmed, but likely to be around 5000 metres gain and 5000 metres loss, on a loop course.

AID STATIONS: We will have the same generous aid stations that feature in the Tarawera Ultramarathon.



The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for the 2019 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. You will need to finish in 30 hours or less to qualify for WSER.


UTMB QUALIFIER: The race organisers intend the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run to be a qualifying race for the 2019 Ultra Trail du Mt Blanc. We need to finalise the course and submit .GPX files of this course before we can confirm qualification status and the number of UTMB points. If you need to get points for UTMB – we recommend this as an achievable way to do so.

Lake Okareka New Zealand Run



All entries are online only*

ENTRY LIMIT: 1250 runners.

ENTRY COST:  All prices are in $NZ.

Super early bird (first 160 entries).                   $650
Early bird (until 15 December 2017).                $720
Standard (until 31 January 2018)                      $790

* Every entry includes a medal, Compressport race shirt, event goodies, free photos and more.


Policies for withdrawal, transferring or deferment of your entry to another year are posted. These policies will not change. No exceptions.



Runners who will increase the competitiveness and profile of the event should apply via the elite athlete assistance programme. The number of applications is high and, in general, only 50% of applications are successful for Tier 1-4 assistance. All policies listed on this page still apply to elite athletes.

Runners associated with national and international media profile should apply for special consideration via the race media programme. All policies listed on this page still apply to attending media.

Runners associated with sponsors of the event may receive a free or discounted entry from that sponsor. All policies listed on this page still apply to athletes associated with sponsors.

Tarawera River New Zealand


All runners who enter the Tarawera Ultra 62, 87 or 102km can upgrade to the 100 Miler. You pay the difference between the entry fees. You have until 11:59 pm on 9 January to upgrade.

All runners who have signed up to the 62, 87 or 102km events before the end of July can upgrade to the 100 Miler at a later date.  You will be eligible for a discounted 100-mile entry. If you signed up for the 62, 87 or 102km before the end of July, you will get a $50 discount on your upgrade fee.

If you were one of the first 300 runners to sign up for the Tarawera Ultra 62, 87 or 102km events, you can upgrade to the 100 Miler at a later date. You will get a $100 discount on your 100 Miler entry when you upgrade.

Upgrade entry fee tables. If you signed up for….




and you sign up for the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run at…


Super duperEarlyRegular

…then, if you were one of the 300 super duper early bird special signups from the Tarawera Ultra (column 2 in ENTRY TABLE 1) you will pay an extra…


TUM super earlySuper duperEarly birdRegular
You end up paying$550$620$690

If you signed up to the Tarawera Ultra before 30 July but were not one of the first 300 entrants (Column 3 in ENTRY TABLE 1) and you upgrade to the 100 Miler, you will pay the upgrade fee of…


TUM earlySuper duperEarly birdRegular
You end up paying$600$670$740

If you signed up for the Tarawera Ultramarathon anytime on 1 August or after that date, you can still upgrade to the 100 Miler. You will pay the difference in price between your Tarawera Ultra entry fee and the 100 Miler entry fee at that time. This is ENTRY TABLE 2 minus what you paid in ENTRY TABLE 1.

If the 1250 entry limit has been reached – you will not be able to upgrade.

Tarawera Ultramarathon finish line. Magda Boulet



The following qualification standards apply to the 2018 event. They are not negotiable.

  1. Completion of a trail race, 50km or longer between 1 June 2016 to 31 December 2017. You must have finished within the final cut off time for that event.
  2. Your result must be for completion of that event. This means, for example, you cannot submit a result showing you made it 55km into an 80km race.
  3. You will need to submit a web link to your result online (on the official race website) when you sign up – or modify your entry profile at some later date to include that link.
  4. Runs that are on sealed roads or timed runs (e.g. 6, 12, 24 hr.) on a running track will not be accepted.
  5. Unofficial events (e.g. training runs) will not be accepted.
  6. This qualifying standard is for the 2018 race only. The qualifying standard for the 2019 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run will be stricter.
  7. Race management reserve the right to reject any result deemed not meeting criteria 1-5.

Failure to meet the qualification standard will result in automatic cancellation of your entry with no refund. Therefore, it would be wise to have completed your qualifying run prior to entering.



You do not need to provide a medical certificate to enter this event. When you enter online, you will complete medical and health questions. These include details of any medications you are taking, medical conditions or issues that may prevent you from completing this event.

AGE LIMIT:  This race is open to anyone born in 1998 or before.

Jim Walmsley 2017 Tarawera Ultramarathon



ALL 100 mile entrants will be required to undertake a minimum of eight hours of volunteer work. This is from 1 January the year preceding the race to 10 January of the race year. Evidence of your volunteer fulfilment must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm (NZ time) on 10 January preceding race day.

This requirement is mandatory. Please complete the volunteer form and make sure the race director of a trail or road running event has signed this document prior to submission. If you prefer to do voluntary work on your own (not as part of a running event), for example by clearing trails, a signature from a park official will be required.

Examples of volunteer work are:

  • Helping clear and improve trails or enhancing the environment.
  • Tail-end Charlie duty at a trail or road running event. This is walking behind the last runners on race day and removing all course markings and rubbish.
  • Helping with aid stations, marshalling, registration and start and finish-lines for a running event.
  • Training runs, unless part of a designated training camp, do not qualify.
  • Guiding a paralympic athlete or special needs athlete at a trail event qualifies as volunteerism.

What does not qualify as volunteering work?

  • Services or actions in a paid role – i.e. you are a paid staff or contractor at an event or you work for a sponsor at that event.
  • Volunteering to be on the committee of a running club.
  • Pacing, coaching or crewing a runner at a race.
  • Raising money for a charity as part of a race.

Failure to meet the volunteer requirements by the due date will result in automatic cancellation of your race entry with no refund.

Happy runner at the Tarawera Ultramarathon


Participant rules for the Tarawera Ultramarathon are posted online. These posted rules also apply to the 100 Mile Endurance run. The additional rules below relate specifically to the 100 miler.


In the week prior to the race, at registration and the compulsory race briefing runners will be advised what compulsory clothing and equipment items they must carry (based on the expected weather conditions). There are four compulsory gear levels that may be imposed for all or part of the 100 Mile race:

– Headlamp

– Headlamp
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed).

– Headlamp
– Base layer long top wool/polypropylene
– Base layer long pants wool/polypropylene
– Thermal hat (Buff accepted)
– Thermal gloves
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed)

– Headlamp
– Base layer long top wool/polypropylene
– Base layer long pants wool/polypropylene
– Thermal hat (Buff accepted)
– Thermal gloves
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed)
– Survival bag – not a survival blanket. Technical specifications to be advised
– First Aid including 2 metres of bandage, strapping tape and plasters
– Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container
– Whistle

Sally McRae Tarawera Falls


You will be required to wear a headlamp for the start of the race. Sunrise is officially at 6:40am on race day so expect to run in dark conditions for the first hour and a half. The first few aid stations have headlamp drop boxes where you can leave your headlamp and these will be transported back to a secure finish-line zone.

Almost all runners will run into the night on Saturday. Headlamps can be carried from the start or a second headlamp can be picked up at designated aid station locations. You can leave your headlamps in your drop bags or have them delivered to you by your crew.



Pacers are companion runners that can accompany a 100 Miler entrant from various points to the finish-line in Rotorua. Pacers run for free. The Pacers role is to accompany their runner to provide moral support, pacing advice and companionship in the latter stages of the event. There are strict rules regarding pacing.


  • All pacers must check-in (print your name and sign in) at registration before race day. You will pick up your compulsory pacer number at registration. Runners cannot sign up their pacers at registration – the pacer must be present in person.
  • Pacer numbers will be white. This is so we know you are part of the event.
  • You can pace your runner from around the 120km point of the race to the finish-line. When the exact course has been finalised, we will update pacer pick up locations. Pacer pick up locations will most likely be at aid stations.
  • You cannot meet your runner before or after the designated pacer pick up locations or at intermediate points. Doing so results in disqualification.
  • Competitors, you can use two pacers – but only one at a time. They must change over at a pacer pick up location.
  • If you plan to make an exchange of pacers, the pacer number must be handed over from the previous pacer to the next pacer.
  • Pacers are responsible for their own transport to the pick up locations.
  • Pacers may not carry extra water, food or equipment for runners.
  • With the exception of an emergency or medical situation, pacers cannot provide any material assistance to their runners.
  • Pacers must carry their own set of compulsory clothing and equipment items to match that required by the runners.Pacer at the Tarawera Ultramarathon