refer to the most recent race guide for up-to-date schedule announcements.
Thursday 13 March 2014
9am : Forest and Rafting Tour: Foris Ecotours
Depart 9am from the Rotorua Holiday Inn. 10 Tyron Street, Rotorua
Foris EcoTours will be hosting a tour of the iconic Whirinaki rainforest in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch. Enjoy leisurely rafting down the beautiful Rangitaiki River in the afternoon. This is open to everyone. Runners, friends and family are all invited to take part. See here for this special deal for the Tarawera Ultramarathon: http://www.foris.co.nz/tarawera-ultra-marathon.html
5:15pm: Thursday evening fun run
Assemble 5:15pm. Bus leaves at 5:30 from the Rotorua Holiday Inn. 10 Tyron Street, Rotorua.
FREE EVENT: Open to everyone. The tradition continues with this free 8km fun run in the world-famous Whakarearewa Forest on the edge of Rotorua township. Along the way you'll jog through ponga-lined Puarenga stream track, under towering Firs and Redwoods, along the Hemo Gorge track and into Te Puia. Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. It is home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia has shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today with a global community of runners taking part in this fun run.
After your run (or stroll) through Te Puia, the gate will be open to the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Village where you can walk 5 minutes back to the Holiday Inn.
Definitely bring your camera, this is a chance to experience some amazing trails and thermal attractions with some of the most famous trail ultra runners in the world.
Friday 14 March 2014
9:15am: Official Race Welcome: Te Puia, Rotorua
9:15 am Te Aronui A Rua Marae, Te Puia – Rotorua. FREE for all registered athletes. Friends and family pay the standard rates. More info. at www.tepuia.com
Haere mae - Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand!
The official welcome to the event will be a Powhiri (or welcome) at Te aronui a rua Marae, Te Puia, Rotorua. In the traditional style of the people of the Te Arawa tribe, you will be welcomed onto the marae (meeting house). It is a great honour for the event to be welcomed onto such a magnificent and scared site.
The official 2014 race photograph will take place in front of the marae immediately after the welcome. Te Puia is a 10-15 minute walk from the Rotorua Holiday Inn.
12-noon to 7pm: Expo, Seminars, Registration
EXPO 12-NOON to 7PM. Rotorua Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron Street Rotorua.
The Race Expo will be open during this time so you can find all the latest and great stuff in the world of trail running, including kit from: Vibram, UltrAspire, Marmot Clothing, Hammer Nutrition, Buff Headgear and Injinji socks. The Expo will be closed during the race briefing (2pm to 2:30pm).
Seminar and Elite Athlete Q&A, Race Briefing
NUTRITION AND WELLNESS SEMINAR 12-NOON to 1PM. Rotorua Holiday Inn
Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Williden will talk about "eating for ultra-endurance – making a low carb high fat diet work for you." The talk will look at the latest science about why and how to apply a low carb high fat diet to endurance exercise. They will show how you might expect both health and performance benefits.
Prof. Grant Schofield
Professor Public Health and AUT Millennium and Director of AUT's Human Potential Centre. His interests are in nutrition and exercise and how they relate to health. Grant has specific interests in low carbohydrate high fat nutrition for health (weight, inflammation, chronic disease) and sports (endurance) performance. He's also an ex- elite triathlete, and recent age group runner and triathlete who will be out doing the Tarawera Ultra relay on Saturday with Mikki.
Dr Mikki Williden
Dr Williden is a registered nutritionist and senior lecturer at AUT University with a research interest in lower carbohydrate diets for health outcomes, body composition and athletic performance. She advocates a whole food approach to diet and works with people to individualise an eating pattern that works with their lifestyle. As an endurance athlete herself, Mikki understands the complexities of training and racing nutrition, and helps people fuel appropriately for their training to enable them to make the most of their training programme. Mikki has also helped numerous people with digestive issues by individualising a whole food diet to suit their lifestyle and ultimately works to teach her client tools to enjoy a way of eating that is sustainable for the long term.
ELITE ATHLETE Q&A 1PM to 2PM. Rotorua Holiday Inn
Moderated by Kerry Suter, himself a two-time winner of this event, the elite athlete question and answer session will be your chance to ask some of the world's top runners about their training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, shoe choice, recommended beer... This session was really a crowd favourite last year. Your chance to ask questions of some of the best.
PRE-RACE BRIEFING 2PM to 2:30PM. Rotorua Holiday Inn
Race briefing for runners and their crew. This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, aid stations, spectating and crewing, travel times. Unfortunately seating is limited to 550 and we have more than that number. Please arrive early.
RACE REGISTRATION 12-NOON to 7PM. Rotorua Holiday Inn
You will be able to register anytime from 12 to 7, except during the race briefing (2pm to 2:30pm). - Pick up your race packs and race numbers during this time. No race numbers or timing chips will be handed out on race day morning. If you cannot make it on Friday afternoon – make sure someone else can pick up
your race pack for you. - Make sure you queue up in the right line – there will be signs above the registration desk - Make sure you have your race number and timing chip in your race packs. Your race programme, hammergels and endurolyte fizz will be in your racepacks. - Make sure a volunteer records that you have received your race pack - Leave your labelled drop bags with in the appropriate truck. - Leave your labelled finish-line bags in the appropriate truck. - You must indicate if you have decided to change your race distance (and pay the difference). - If you are running under someone else's entry, please let the registration and race timing people know. - You'll be given detailed maps. Volunteers (and myself) will be on hand to answer questions during the race
check-in on Friday afternoon and during the pre-race briefing. Ask lots of questions.If you do not register before 7pm on Friday, you do not race the following morning. There will be no exceptions.
Saturday 15 March 2014: Race Dayday 18 March <
5:50am: Assemble at race start: The Redwoods
5:30 AM. Runners start arriving near the start-line.
The Rotorua Redwoods Visitors Centre. Long Mile Road, Rotorua
6:00 AM: All runners to be assembled near the start-line. The Rotorua Redwoods Visitors Centre. Please park your car in the grassy area on Long Mile Road past the Visitor Centre. There will be a pre-race briefing for all runners. make sure you pay attention.
6:30 AM: Race Start: All runners. Redwoods Visitors Centre.
10:30 AM onwards - All pacers must check-in at Pacer Central in Kawerau prior to running in the Tarawera Forest.
11:00 AM: First finisher of 60km event expected at Tarawera Falls.
1:00 PM: First finisher of 85km event expected in Kawerau.
7:30 and 9:30PM. The bus leaves for Rotorua from the Kawerau hotpools. After 9:30pm, volunteers will shuttle remaining runners back to Rotorua.
10:00-11:00 PM: Final finisher of the 100k Tarawera Ultramarathon expected in Kawerau.
Sunday 16 March 2014: Breakfast/Brunch
9am to 11am. Abracadabra Cafe And Bar,1263 Amohia Street, Rotorua (map)
10am. All merit prizes and spot prizes will be awarded at brunch.
Who: Everyone is welcome (not just the runners). All crew, supporters and family are welcome.
Cost: $10 special per person for the standard brunch. Lots of yummy food on the menu and the best tea and coffee in town.
Lost gear or unclaimed items from race day will be bought to the Holiday Inn and handed back to owners.
10:30: Prizegiving: Rotorua Holiday Inn