Elite Athlete Travel Assistance

Athletes who will enhance the competitiveness of this race and international profile are invited to apply for travel assistance.  The assistance offered is in four tiers of assistance.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Athletes (tiers 1 to 4) will be selected according to:
– Ability to enhance the competitiveness of the event (based on their race CV).
– Social media following and use of social media.
– Being approachable and available to their fans in New Zealand.
– Racing team and sponsors (including sponsors of the Tarawera Ultra) and willingness of your sponsors to help promote the fact you are racing in this event.
– Country representation – to ensure we have an international field.
– If your sponsors are bringing a media crew (i.e photographer / video) to cover your performance and the event.
– Relationships with existing national and international media.

ATHLETE OBLIGATIONS: Athletes will be expected to: 
– Sign up promptly and participate in the 102km event to the best of their abilities (do not race if injured or unwell- athlete health is of maximum importance).
– Be available for race social media – i.e. photos and interviews.
– Take part in the race week activities such as the elite athlete / media barbeque, boat trip, rogaine, hangi dinner, race welcome, seminar series and prizegiving.



TIER 1: (1-4 athletes annually)
Selection Criteria:
– Winners of the previous or recent editions of the Tarawera Ultramarathon.
– Current champions of major races globally – e.g. UTMB Mt Blanc, Western States Endurance Run, Comrades, Ultra Trail Australia, IAAF 100k World Championships.

– Full return airfare from anywhere in the world.
– Free race week accommodation.
–  Free race entry.
– Guaranteed race entry.

Trail runners with an extraordinary social media and/or media following. Typically a minimum of 200,000 facebook / instagram fans.


Selection Criteria:
The assistance offered and eligibility criteria and selection process are on the UTWT website.
The Tarawera Ultra and UTWT will together choose the three supported athletes.

TIER 3: TRAVEL GRANTS (10 athletes annually)

Selection Criteria:
– Winners or podium finishers of previous or recent editions of the Tarawera Ultra or winners of the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k.
– Podium placegetters and winners of major trail ultra races globally, including all UTWT races.

– $1000 NZ travel grant. Payable when you have booked your airfare.
–  Free race entry.
– Guaranteed race entry.

TIER 4: GUARANTEED AND FREE ENTRY (20-30 athletes annually)

Can apply when competing in the 87 and 62km races as well as the 102k.

Selection Criteria:
– Podium finishers of the previous edition of the Tarawera Ultra.
– Podium placegetters and winners of large trail ultra races globally.
– Winners of major endurance events – such as an Ironman or Coast to Coast.

–  Free race entry.
– Guaranteed race entry.


Email paul@taraweraultra.co.nz with your race CV. Please include in your email or race CV, information that is relevant to help us make a decision. Include the word “Elite Athlete Assistance” in your email subject line.

Applications must be received after 1 June and before 1 November. Race organisers will make some selections before this date and some afterwards. Tier 2 (UTWT selections) are typically made in December.

No athlete (Tier 1 to 4) can sign up to the race after the first week in January.