2013 Vibram Tarawera Ultra.
runners to watch

The 2013 Vibram Tarawera Ultra. in New Zealand has attracted some of the world's top trail ultra. marathon runners. Photos here


Ruby Muir
new zealandNapier, New Zealand
Barefoot Inc, Vibram Five Fingers, UltrAspire

1st Kepler Challenge 60km 2012, Te Anau, New Zealand
1st Kauri 32km, 2012, New Zealand
1st New Zealand Mountain Running Championship 2011
1st Junior New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, 2010
13th World  Junior Mountain Running World Championships, 2010
1st New Zealand Xterra Trail Champs 2010
North Island Triple Crown 2010 (The Goat, Kauri and Tois Challenge)
Woman’s record holder: Goat, The Dual marathon, The T42 off road marathon, Tussock Traverse, North shore coastal challenge

 “Tarawera will be my first 100km race, so unlike most of the small regional races I run regularly where I can basically expect to win I will have good reason to be nervous. There is a top ladies field and the uncertainty & challenge this represents is very exciting; I have yet to prove that I can finish let alone win!”

Anna Frost
new zealandDunedin, New Zealand
Salomon Running


2nd Cavalls del Vent, Baga, Catalonia, 2012
1st Speed Goat 50k, Salt Lake City, USA, 2012
1st TransVulcania, Canary Islands, Spain, 2012

1st Maxi Race Annecy, France, 2012

2nd Cavalls del vent, Spain, 2012
1st Moonlight Marathon – Queenstown, New Zealand, 2012
1st The North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco, USA, 2011 & 2010
1st Three Peaks UK, 2011

1st Salomon Four Trails, Germany, 2011

2nd Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, Malaysia, 2011
1st Table Mountain Challenge, South Africa, 2011.

Beth Cardelli
AusBerowra Bush Runners, Australia

2012 Australian Ultra. Runner of the year.
1st Great North Walk 100km, Australia 2012 - course record
1st Centennial Park Ultra 100km, Australia 2012 course record
1st The North Face 100km Australia 2012, 2010- course record
1st Mt Solitary 45km, NSW, Australia 2011 - course record
1st Cradle Mountain 82km, Tasmania, Australia 2011
1st Bogong to Hotham 64km, Australia 2011 - course record
1st Great North Walk 100mile, Australia 2010- course record

“There are so many trail ultras on these days I thought it would be a good idea to mix it up a bit.” 

Shona Stephenson
AusSydney, Australia
Barefoot Inc., Australia

2012 1st Place in the GOW 100km New Record Holder 11:40:00

2012 1st Place In Augural Surf Coast Century Record holder 100km 10:18:00

2012 1st Place Inov8 Coastal Classic New Record Holder 2:49:00

2012 1st Place Oxfam Trail Walker Sydney Mixed Team 12:18:00

2012 1st Place Foot Point Trail Series Race 1 and 2 (In Race 2 I beat all the boys too!)

2012 1st Place Coast Trek 50km Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach. 

2012 3rd Place in The North Face 100km

2012 3rd Place in the Glow Worn Tunnel Marathon

2011 1st Place GNW 100km Breaking the Record by 2 hours and 22 minutes, 2nd to Brendan Davies.

2011 1st Place Coastal Classic 2011 1st Place Coast Trek

Emelie Forsberg
Tromsö , Norway (via Sweden)
Salomon Running


2012 results:
1st The North Face 50 Endurance Challenge, San Francisco, USA.

  • Winner of the world championship in the skyrace series.
  • Winner of Salomon trail tour Sweden.
  • 2nd Three Peaks UK
  • 3rd Zegama Marathon Spain
  • 1st Kilians Classic, France
  • 1st Dolomites Skyrace, Italy
  • 1st Pikes Peak Marathon, CO, USA
  • 2nd Trofeo Kima, Italy
  • 3rd Cavalls del vent, Spain
  • 1st Kinabalu, Malaysia

  • "I am looking forward to running in New Zealand,  I've heard so much about the beautiful mountains and the landscape! I am looking forward to exploring the ambience and people that run these kinds of races in New Zealand."


Dawn Tuffery
new zealandHamilton, New Zealand
Barefoot Inc

1st ARC Kauri 70k, New Zealand, 2012
2nd Waihi Xterra 42k, New Zealand, 2012
1st Athletics New Zealand  100k championships, 2010.

“At Tarawera 2013 I'm really looking forward to taking on my first trail 100k. I've done relay legs and the 85k at Tarawera before but had a couple of difficult runs, so 2013 is a chance to put that bogey to bed! It will also be the best field of ultra runners I've ever been part of, both women and men, so I'm quite excited about that too.”

Candice Burt
usa Bellingham, WA, USA

1st Washington Ultra. Series, USA, 2010.
2nd Tahoe Rim Trail 100mile, CA, USA, 2012
Women's FKT (fastest known time) for the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, WA, USA.
Women's Unsupported FKT for 48 mile Trans-Zion Crossing in Utah, USA, 2011.

“I am very excited to see and experience New Zealand: it's culture, the people, wildlife, the mountains and the beauty I have heard so much about. This race seems special in that it is point to point and a lot of single track trails, my favourite! I have done a few 100 mile races and a lot of 50 mile races, but never a 100k. So I am excited to run that distance!”

Nikki Wynd
Aus Lysterfield, Melbourne, Australia
Hoka One One/Trails +

2011 Australian Ultra Runner of the Year
1st Mansfield to Buller 50km, Australia, 2012
1st Maroondah Dam 50km, Australia, 2012
2nd Gold Coast 100km, Australia, 2012
1st You Yangs 80kms, Australia, 2012
1st Tan 100km, Australia, 2012,
1st Victorian Ultra Distance Trail Running Championships 2012

Mikki Williden
new zealandAuckland, New Zealand

Rotorua Marathon PB of 3h, (2007
Auckland Marathon PB 2:55, 2010.
Sydney marathon. 2:59 , 2010.

2nd Lydiard marathon 2008.

Deb Nicholl
AusBrisbane, Australia
 Ashgrove Rangers

2nd Kepler Challenge, New Zealand, 5hr56
1st Caboolture 12 hour, Queensland, Australia,2010, 131.75km (Australian record and race record for both male and female).

“Starting( & hopefully finishing) the Tarawera Ultra will be a huge highlight for me in it's self as the last 18 months has been a long tough journey struggling with serious injury. I Looking forward to the incredible scenery, views and camaraderie with the other runners.”


Sarah Carpenter (Australia).
1st 85km Vibram Tarawera Ultra. 2012 - course record.

Aus Steph Gaskell (Adelaide, Australia).
5th overall team Transrockies Run, Boulder Colorado, USA, 2012
3rd Yurrebilla 56km, Adelaide, Australia, 2012
3rd Bogong to Hotham 64km, Vic Alps, Australia, 2012.

new zealandVicky Plaistowe (New Zealand)
1st XTERRA Trail Ultra Waihi, New Zealand, 2012
3rd Vibram Tarawera Ultra, New Zealand 2012.
Hillary Trail, New Zealand. Fastest Known Time. 2nd Female pairs team in TNF 100 Blue Mountains - 3rd Female, 6th overall Woodside Trail 50km in San Fran, CA, USA2011: 2nd T42 Marathon, 1st Great Barrier Island Marathon, 1st Great Cranleigh Kauri 70km Ultra.


Mick Donges

Salomon Running, Suunto

Vibram Tarawera Ultra. Defending Champion
1st Tarawera Ultra 100km, New Zealand 2012
4th Kilians Classik 45k, Spain, 2012
6th TNF100 Australia, 2011
5th Commonwealth Ultra Trail 55km, Wales, 2011

“There was a great feel that the Tarawera Ultra had last year and I'm looking forward to being a part of it this year and some good quality racing.”

Vajin Armstrong


new zealandChristchurch, New Zealand
Saucony, UltrAspire, Okley, Sumner Running Club

2nd Tarawera Ultra 100k New Zealand 2011, 2012
1st Kepler Challenge, New Zealand, 2010, 2011, 2012
2nd 2012 White River 50 Mile, USA
2nd 2012 TNF 100k Australia
1st 2012 American River 50 mile, USA

Timothy Olson

Ashland, Oregon, USA
The North Face, Injinji and Natura Health

1st Western States 100mile, 2012, - course record
1st Where’s Waldo 100km, OR, USA, 2012 & 2012
1st Bandera 100km, TX, USA, 2012
1st Pine to Palm 100mile, OR, USA, 2010 & 2011

“I am looking forward to seeing as much of New Zealand as possible, to see the varying landscapes and connect with the land, people and have a better understanding of the Maori culture. New Zealand has been a land I've been dreaming to visit; I can’t wait to be immersed in it.”

Anton Krupicka

Boulder, Colorado, USA
New Balance, Ultimate Direction, Buff, GU, Swiftwick Socks

2nd Cavalls del Vent 84K, Spain, 2012
4th Leadville 100mile,CO, USA, 2012,
4th Speedgoat 50K, UT, USA,2012
2nd  Rocky Raccoon 100mile, TX, USA, 2011
2nd Western States 100, CA, USA, 2010
1st White River 50mile, WA, USA 2009 & 2010
1st Leadville 100mile, CO, USA, 2006 & 2007

“This year, I am, by far, most looking forward to the technical trail between Humphries Bay and Tarawera Falls.  The whole section from Okataina Lodge to the Fall’s will definitely be a highlight of the day, especially cruising it healthy and at race pace”

Jason Schlarb
 Boulder, Colorado, USA
Hoka One One, Vitargo, Injinji

4th Kepler Challenge, New Zealand, 2012
1st Jemez Mountain 50K, NM, USA,2012 - course record
1st San Juan Solstice, CO, USA, 2012
3rd Grindstone 100mile, VA, USA, 2012
3rd Chuckanut 50mile, WA, USA, 2012
1st USATF 50mile Trail Championships, 2012

“I am really looking forward to doing a point to point trail 100K with great competition and seeing the amazing forests, rivers, lakes and of course volcanoes, of New Zealand.”

Brendan Davies
AusWoodford, NSW, Australia
Inov-8, Hammer, barefoot inc

2012 Australian Ultra. Runner of the year.
1st Great North Walk 108mile, Australia, 2012 - course record
1st Great Ocean Walk 100km, Australia, 2012 course record
4th The North Face 100km Australia, 2012
11th World 100km Championships, Italy, 2012
1st Great North Walk 104km, Australia, 2011 course record
4th Commonwealth Ultra Trail 55km, Wales, 2011.

“I am excited finally getting over to run on the awesome New Zealand trails with some of the finest trail runners in the world!”

François D'haene
franceSt Julien, France
Salomon Running


1st Beaujolais Trail, France 2012
4th Transvulcania 84km, Spain, 2012
1st Ice Trail, France, 2012
1st Ultra Trail Mt Blanc, 2012, France
1st Hong Kong Trail Walker 100km, Hong Kong 2012
2nd The North Face Endurance Challenge 50mile, San Francisco 2012.

“I am very happy to come discover New Zealand and all the mountains. New Zealand is a dream Island in my imagination, where sea, mountains, volcanos are mixed –I would like to be here already!”

Sage Canaday

usaBoulder, CO USA
VO2Max Productions, Ultimate Direction, DryMax, Flora, Scott

1st Bandera 100k, TX USA - course record 2013
2013 USATF 100km Trail Ultra. Champion
2012 USA Mountain Running Champion
2012 USATF Male Mountain Runner of the year

2nd place UROC Ultra Race of Champions 100km trail. USA

2:16:52 road marathon PB, 2-time US Olympic Trials qualifier.

1st White River 50, WA, USA. 2012 - course record.

2nd Chuckanut 50k, WA, USA. 2012

"I'm very honoured and excited to be competing at the Tarawera 100km this year.  It has been a life-long dream of mine to have the opportunity to travel to New Zealand. I'm really looking forward to running the scenic trails and meeting all the runners involved in such a spectacular event!"

David Eadie
AusLysterfield, Melbourne, Australia

14th Badwater 217km Ultra Marathon, CA, USA, 2012
2nd Australian 100 km Championship , 2012
4th Vibram Tarawera 100km Ultra New Zealand, 2012
Australian Male Ultra Runner of the Year- 2011
2nd Coast to Kosi 240km Ultra, Australia, 2011
2nd GOW 100km Ultra, NSW, Australia, 2011
3rd Glasshouse Mountains 160km, Australia, 2011
1st Australian 100 km Championship, 2011.

I am excited to be returning to Tarawera in 2013 and be part of such an elite field of ultra runners. It should be a very completive and exciting race in what is without doubts one of the most scenic courses I have ever run.

Rickey Gates
usa San Francisco, CA, USA
Salomon Running


1st Speedgoat 50k. Utah, USA. 2012.
1st Canadian Death Race, Alberta, Canada, 2011, 12hr25, course record
5x member of the American mountain running team
2008 USA Mountain Runner if the Year

Greg Vollet
france Allèves, Rhone-Alpes, France
 Salomon Running (Team manager)

Race Highlights:
3rd Mont Blanc Marathon 2012 (France)
5th Pikes Peaks Marathon 2012 (USA)
5th Trail du Ventoux 2012 (France)
5th XC Busios 2012  (Brazil)
7th K42 2012 (Argentina)
10th Sky Running World Cup Zegama 2012 (Spain)

"Running in NZ is a dream that will come true! The landscape that I have seen in magazines or on TV is always awesome!! The Tarawera Ultra was not expected in the original calendar, but the level of the field will be very high! We can't miss it!"

Scott Hawker
new zealandPerth, Australia (via New Zealand)
Hoka One One Australia, RaceReady Australia

3rd Speights Coast to Coast (2-Day Individual), New Zealand, 2011 
2nd Bunbury 50km Ultra, Australia, 2011
2nd Hoka One One Kep Ultra 75km, Australia, 2011
2nd Geraldton Marathon, Australia, 2011
1st Bunbury 50km Ultra - course record, Australia, 2012
1st Hoka One One Kep Ultra 75km - course record. Australia, 2012
1st Geraldton Marathon - course record, Australia, 2012
1st Glasshouse 100km - course record, Australia, 2012
1st Tammin to Cunderdin Adventure Run. Australia, 2012


Michael Wardian
usa(Arlington VA outside-Washington, DC)
Hoka One One, MarathonGuide.com, PowerBar, Sweetgreen, 110% compression, Petzl

2013-16th place at The North Face Endurance Challenge-80K (50 Miler)-7:14
2013-3rd place at JFK 50 Miler-5:55
2013-1st place at Rock & Roll San Antonio-2:31
2013-10 place at Rock & Roll Las Vegas-2:57 (same day as Rock & Roll San Antonio)
2013-5th place-Marine Corps Marathon-2:27
*41 Races Completed in 2013

2013-21k Former world record holder-treadmill-1:08:50
2013-50k Indoor world record holder-200 meter track-3:12

2011-Guinness world record-fastest super hero marathon (spiderman)-2:34:56
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008-USATF ultra runner of the year
2010-international ultra association (iau) ultra runner of the year
2011-iIAU world 100k-silver medalist
Former world record with son, pierce miler for 2:42:21-pram pushing marathon
2011 2010, 2009, 2008  USA national champion-50k / 2010 & 2009 bronze
medal-50k world championships / 2008 USA national champion-50k, 100k,
50 mile trails.

" I am so very excited to race Tarawera because I have heard it is a ridiculously beautiful course, there will be incredible competition and I will get to test and push myself in a unique environment.  

I have wanted to visit New Zealand since I was a little boy and first heard about New Zealand and the chance to race in New Zealand will be a dream come true and an experience of a lifetime."

Manuel Lago
Freicon, Barthodomeu, LC Tour


Top 10 Bandera 100k 2013, 3rd Patagônia Run 100k 2013, 1st SBTR 100k, 4th K42 Bombinhas, 1st Desafio Praias e Trilhas 84k.

I´m expecting to be in the Top 10 and make my best effort to achieve Top 5

Jarad Kohlar

AusMelbourne, Australia.
Salomon racing.

  • 1st 56km Two Bays Trail Run (VIC), 2013 
  • 1st Marathon X 24hour AR (VIC) 
  • 2nd Anaconda Lorne (VIC)
  • 1st Mark Webber Challenge (TAS)
  • 2nd Anaconda August (WA)
  • 1st Series and 2nd at Race Four Salomon Trail Series (VIC)
  • 1st Four person team Peak Adventure Surf Coast 100km (VIC)
  • 2nd Mainpeak MUltisport )WA)
  • 1st Salomon Trail Running Series Race Two (VIC)
  • 1st Go Natural Multisport (NSW)
  • 2nd Anaconda Noosa (QLD)
  • 1st Salomon Trail Running Series race One (VIC)
  • 1st Nepean Odyssey (NSW)
  • 1st Icebreaker Challenge (TAS)


Aus Ben Malby. Brisbane, Australia.
3rd, Glasshouse mountains cooks tour 80km, Aus. 2012. 1st, Bribie Beach Ultra 52km, Aus. 2012.










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