Tarawera Forest from Kawerau

The atmosphere is intense as over a thousand Tarawera Ultra runners nervously wait for the countdown. Hundreds of hours and many more miles of training come down to the start-line. The nervousness, the grit, the determination, the focus to make this day your own.

The first part of the course travels through the spectacular Tarawera forest towards the finish line in Rotorua. From the tranquil township of Kawerau, a journey into the wild and into the unknown has begun.

For 2018, the 102k runners will be treated to new riverside single track that has never before featured in the Tarawera Ultramarathon.

Much of the running through this section is on deserted forestry tracks that wind alongside the Tarawera River. 87k and 62k runners will be bussed to their start-lines deep in the Tarawera Forest. It’s fast, smooth peaceful and quiet.

The first aid station of the day for runners on their 102km journey is at Fisherman’s Bridge. From here, the course follows the river and forestry roads to the Tarawera Falls. It’s an easy rolling uphill from here.

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