Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run
Rotorua, New Zealand
The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a challenging ultra distance race in the Rotorua and Tarawera regions, New Zealand. Completing an anti-clockwise loop, the event start and finishes at Government Gardens in Rotorua. Runners start in the dark on Saturday morning and many will run for 24 or more hours – finishing on Sunday.
The route features three big climbs over Ridge Dome (Mt Tarawera), Whakapounakau and Tuhoto Ariki. The course features eight lakes, streams, rivers, native bush, planted forests, farmland and volcanic areas. A boatride takes runners across Lake Rotomahana.
|Start & Finish||Government Gardens, Rotorua|
|Registration||9 February, 9am to 12-noon and 3pm to 8pm at the Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton St, Rotorua.|
|Runner & Crew briefing||8 February, 8pm and 9 February, 12-noon at the Distinction Hotel. COMPULSORY TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE.|
|Allowable time||36 hours|
|Hardest cutoff pace required (min./km)||13:19/km|
|Expected time first finisher||14 hours (6:00pm)|
|Expected time last finisher||36 hours (4:00pm Sunday)|
|Trail type||Single track 59%, minor forest track/road 21%, farmland 3%, major forest road 9%, public road 9%|
|Number of athletes||Low (20-30)||X||Massive (2000+)|
|Countries represented||Low (1-2)||X||Massive (90+)|
|Quality of elite field||Non-elite||X||Highly competitive|
|Diversity of scenery||All the same||X||Extremely varied|
|Heat||Freezing cold||X||Extremely hot|
|Stairs and steps||None||X||Abundant|
|Achievable first time ultra||Easy||X||Virtually impossible|
|Number of aid stations||Self supported||X||Fully catered|
|Quality of aid stations||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- Food for vegan runners||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- Food for gluten free runners||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- Hot food||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|Number of volunteers||Few (20-30)||X||Many (2000+)|
|Start-line location *||Non existent||X||Excellent|
|Finish line location **||Non existent||X||Excellent|
|Ease of spectating/ crewing||Difficult||X||Very easy|
|Mobile tracking and live updates||None||X||All the time|
|Medical and safety coverage||Finish line only||X||Entire course|
* parking security, atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink.
** parking security, atmosphere, food and drink.
The Miler course includes 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, a boat-based lake crossing 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.
|Aid Station location||Distance from Start||Distance from last Aid Station||Distance to next Aid Station||Distance to Finish|
|Start: Government Gardens||0||0||15.3||162.2|
|Rerewhakaaitu (1.7km on boat not includes in distance)||52.7||7.1||9.4||109.5|
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)||125.1||6.8||21.9||37.1|
|Finish: Government Gardens||162.2||5||0||0|
|Location||Leader time of day||Slowest time of day||Cut off pace (mins/km)||Cut off hrs||Cut off time*||Spectators||Drop bags||Pacers|
|Start: Government Gardens||4:00am||4:00am||0:13:19 (applies to all locations)||0:00||yes|
|Rerewhakaaitu (1.7km on boat not includes in distance)||8:32am||3:41pm||11:41||3:45pm||yes||yes|
|Tarawera Outlet||11:18am||10:47pm||18:47||10:50pm||yes (bus)||yes|
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)||2:47pm||7:45am||27:45||7:50am||yes||yes||yes|
|Finish: Government Gardens||6:00pm||4:00pm||36:00||4:00pm||yes||yes|
* All runners must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times.
QUALIFICATION FOR UTMB AND WESTERN STATES ENDURANCE RUN
The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for the 2020 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 have submitted the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run as a qualifying race for the 2019 Ultra Trail du Mt Blanc. The .GPX files of this course are being assessed and we will confirm the qualification status and the number of UTMB points once available. If you need to get points for UTMB – we recommend this as an achievable way to do so.
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.
The following qualification standards apply to the 2018 event. They are not negotiable.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Runs that are on sealed roads or timed runs (e.g. 6, 12, 24 hr.) on a running track will not be accepted.
- Unofficial events (e.g. training runs) will not be accepted.
- This qualifying standard is for the 2018 race only. The qualifying standard for the 2019 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run will be stricter.
- 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.
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.
All 100 mile runners will be required to carry compulsory gear for the duration of the race. A compulsory gear inspection will need to be completed (either on Wednesday, 12-noon to 5pm, or Thursday, 9am to 5:30pm, at Podium Podiatry and Footwear, 1266 Tutanekai St Rotorua, or at the race registration venue) before you can collect your race bib. The compulsory gear is:
– Base layer long top wool/polypropylene
– Base layer long pants wool/polypropylene
– Thermal hat (Buff accepted)
– Thermal gloves
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed + hooded)
– Survival bag – not a survival blanket*
– 2 metres of self adhesive bandage
– Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container
* The survival bag must be sealed everywhere except the top opening (i.e it is a bag not a blanket) – it must be large enough for you to climb into and pull tight around your shoulders – if it is a single use bag (most foil survival bags are single use), then it must be in new condition. Survival bags from most outdoor retailers are perfect, and range from $5 to $25.
All 100 Mile runners will need a headlamp at the race start. You can swap your named headlamp at any aid station if you wish, but must carry a lamp at all times (use your official TUM headlamp tag, provided on your drop bag label sheets, in your race pack). Surplus clothing (which must also be clearly named/labelled) can be left with the volunteers at the start or first aid station and can be picked up at the finish or prize giving. Almost all 100 Mile runners will be running through Saturday/Sunday night and will need headlamps.
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 wear a compulsory race number. Numbers must be picked up by runners at registration before race day. Runners will sign up their pacers at registration – the pacer may be present in person, but the runner will take ultimate responsibility for their pacer(s).
- Pacer numbers will be white. This is so we know you are part of the event.
- You can pace your runner from around the 125km point of the race to the finish-line. Pacer pick up locations are Blue Lake Aid Station, Puarenga and Redwoods.
- 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.
- In addition to formal pacers, 100 mile runners may be accompanied by friends and family from the Redwoods to the finish. These people are not an official part of the race, but can provide moral support to their runner.