2018 Schedule

Wednesday 7 February 2018

ActivityTime Location
Race Director's BBQ6:00pmParadise Valley Springs, 467 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua

Thursday 8 February 2018

ActivityTimeLocation
Scenic Boat CruiseDeparts 8:45am from The Distinction Hotel carpark390 Fenton St. Rotorua
Rogaine Team Fun RunRegistration opens at 4:45pmRedwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Road, Rotorua
Rogaine Event Start5:30pmRedwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Road, Rotorua
62, 87 and 102km Race Briefing #17pmKauri Room. The Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton St, Rotorua
100 Mile Race Briefing #18pmKauri Room. The Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton St, Rotorua

Friday 9 February 2018

ActivityTimeLocation
Powhiri Welcome8.30amTe Puia, Hemo Rd, Rotorua
Race Expo9am-8pmThe Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton St, Rotorua
100 Mile Runner Registration9am-12-noonThe Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton St, Rotorua
100 Mile Race Briefing #212-noonKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
62, 87 and 102km Race Briefing #21pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
Elite Athlete Q&A2pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
Seminar for First Time Ultra Runners3pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
62, 87 and 102km Race Briefing #34pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
Registration -all runners. Relays, 62, 87, 102km and 100 milers. 3pm to 8pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel
62, 87 and 102km Race Briefing #47pmKauri Room, The Distinction Hotel

Saturday 10 February 2018

ActivityTimeLocation
Race Start: 100 Miler4:00amGovernment Gardens, Rotorua
Optional Bus to all race starts in Kawerau5am to 5:20am departureRotorua Museum. Government Gardens, Rotorua
Mandatory bus to 87km start6:45am departureFirmin Field, Kawerau
Mandatory bus to 62km start7:10am departureFirmin Field, Kawerau
Race Start: 102km7:00amFirmin Field, Kawerau
Race Start: 87km7:30amTarawera Forest
Race Start: 62km8:00amTarawera Falls

Sunday 11 February 2018

ActivityTimeLocation
Sequoia BrunchFrom 8.00amSequoia Eatery, 10 Tarawera Road, Rotorua
Prize-giving for the 62, 87 and 102km12 noon to 1.15pmSouthern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Drive, Rotorua (building behind Government Gardens)
Prize-giving for the 100 Miler4:30pmSouthern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Drive, Rotorua (building behind Government Gardens)
Celebration Dinner6.00pmSkyline Rotorua, 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua


Wednesday 7 February

Race Director’s BBQ 

When: 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
Where: Paradise Valley Springs. 467 Paradise Valley Rd, Ngongotaha Valley.
Cost: $35 (adults) and $10 for 5-15 year olds. Under fives are free.

Race Director Tim Day and the Rotorua Trail Running Club invites you to our traditional Wednesday evening barbecue with a range of tasty New Zealand food and drinks.

Your chance to catch up with friends from all over the world, drink some Paradise Pure water or a Croucher ULTRA craft beer and ask about the race.

Our hosts, Paradise Valley Springs invite you to take the beauty of their venue, amazing trout pools, natural springs, tree-top canopy walks and New Zealand native bird-life.

Please purchase your ticket online here prior to the event. There will be no tickets available at the BBQ.

 


Thursday 8 February

Buried Village, Scenic Boat Cruise on Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana and Waimangu Thermal Valley.

When: 8:45am to 2pm on Thursday.
Where: Bus Pickup from The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.
Cost: $220 (adults) and $120 for 5-15 year olds. Not suitable for under five-years of age. Walking is required and it’s a long-ish trip.

This is a once-in-a lifetime tour of the area. This tour has been customised specially for the ultra. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Tarawera Ultramarathon and 100-miler courses by boats (note TWO boat trips), hang out with some famous runners and meet the organisers. Highlights include:
– A guided tour of Te Wairoa – The Buried Village including complimentary Devonshire morning tea and scones.
– Scenic boat trip on Lake Tarawera including Humphries Bay, The Outlet and the Isthmus with Totally Tarawera.
– Lunch and swim or soak in the thermally-heated waters of Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera.
– 20 minute walk over the isolated Te Ariki Isthmus from one lake to the next.
– Scenic boat ride past the steaming cliffs on Lake Rotomahana, underneath Mt Tarawera.
– Tour through Waimangu Volcanic Valley past amazing thermal attractions.
– Bus pickup and dropoff.

The tour leaves and returns to The Distinction Hotel carpark in Rotorua. Essentials: Swimming outfit, towel, camera.  Book here

 



Rogaine Team Fun Run

When: Registration from 4.45pm. Event Start 5.30pm
Where: The Redwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Rd, Rotorua
Cost: Free

A Rogaine is a ‘treasure hunt’ completed in teams, where you’ll be given a map with a number of points to find. The highest value points are placed the furthest away. You’ll have a fixed time to get as many points as you can within the allotted time (around one hour). For every minute that your team arrives after the cut-off time, you lose points.

Teams of 2- 5 runners must find as many hidden checkpoints in the forest as possible in one hour. Please sign up for the event on our Facebook page if you are interested in coming. 

 

Race Briefings

When: Thursday 8pm  for 100 miler runners. 
Where: The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.
Who: Paul Charteris, Tim Day, representatives of landowners along the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, and our Medical Director.

This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, Aid Stations, spectating and crewing, travel times. Seating is limited to 250.

 



Friday 9 February

Official Race Welcome

When:  8:30am
Where: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua (10-15min walk from the Distinction Hotel)
Cost: FREE for all registered athletes and their family members.

Haere mai – Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand! The official welcome to the event will be a Powhiri (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 an honour for the event to be welcomed onto such a magnificent and sacred site. You will be welcomed by Her Worship, Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Rotorua.

 


Event Expo

When: 9am to 8pm
Where: The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.

The Expo is where you can find all the latest and greatest stuff in the world of trail running, including specials from Compressport, Garmin, Hoka One One, Ultimate Direction, Tailwind Nutrition, Icebreaker, Julbo and Buff Headwear.

The Tarawera Store will be open, selling Tarawera Ultra branded Compressport shirts, Buffs, silicone cups, thermal mugs, medal holders, wall art and trail running books. Sarah’s info. desk is the place to ask all of your race and Expo / rego questions.

Cash, Eftpos and Credit Card.

 


Race Registration – 100 mile runners only.

When: 9am to 12-noon
Where: The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.

100 miler runners have a lot of compulsory gear to check and will need to be weighed, so they’re getting in first. Pick up your race info brochure and race number during this time. No race numbers or timing chips will be handed out on race day morning or any other time.

We will check the photo ID of all runners when picking up their race race number, so please bring your photo ID to registration. You must be weighed before registering. You must bring your compulsory gear for inspection. All other procedures as described below apply.


Race Briefings

The 100 miler briefing a repeat from Thursday evening. The Ultra race briefings are a repeat of each other. you should only attend one briefing.

When:
– 12-noon. 100 miler briefing #2.
– 1pm. Race Briefing #1 – all relay, 62, 87 and 102km ultra runners.
– 4pm. Race Briefing #2 – all relay, 62, 87 and 102km ultra runners.
– 7pm. Race Briefing #3 – all relay, 62, 87 and 102km ultra runners.

Where: The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.
Who: Paul Charteris, Tim Day, representatives of landowners along the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, and our Medical Director.

This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, Aid Stations, spectating and crewing, travel times. Seating is limited to 250.


 

Elite Athlete Q&A

When: 2pm to 3pm 
Where: The Kauri Room. The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.

Moderated by the ever-entertaining and knowledgeable Kerry Suter (2x Tarawera champion) from SquadRun and Meghan Hicks from iRunFar.com. 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 is always a favourite. Your chance to learn from the best.


 

First Time Attempting an Ultra? How to survive

When: 3pm to 4pm 
Where: The Kauri Room. The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.

Panicking (just slightly) about tomorrow? We have a panel of experienced runners, coaches and authors to give you some tips on what you can do right, what can go wrong (and horribly wrong) and how to make the most of what will be a memorable day.


Race Registration – ALL runners. Relay, 62, 87, 102km and 100 milers.

When: 3pm to 8pm 
Where: The Distinction Hotel, Rotorua.

Pick up your race programme and race number during this time. No race numbers or timing chips will be handed out on race day morning or any other time.

We will check the photo ID of all runners when picking up their race programme and race number, so please bring your photo ID to registration.

87km and 102km solo entrants: You must be weighed before registering.

62km solo entrants and relay teams: If you cannot make it to registration, someone else can pick up your race programme and race number. Please make sure that person brings a printed copy of your photo ID.

If compulsory gear is required, we may check this gear at registration. Please be prepared to bring the gear and have it ready to be inspected by a volunteer.

Your timing chip is on the back of your race number.

Make sure a volunteer records that you have received your race pack.

Drop bag labels will be given to you at race registration. You must use the official drop-bag labels if you wish to use drop bags this year – our volunteers will be checking that you have the correct labels.  We will not be accepting any drop bags without the official labels.  Please leave your drop bags with the appropriate truck or van before 8pm. These will be in the carpark outside the Distinction Hotel. Walk through the Expo to the drop bag zone.

You must indicate if you have decided to change your race distance, relay team name or team members (and pay the $30 admin fee). There will be a change-over desk at registration.

Athlete Emergency Contact: We will check the phone number of your emergency contact at race registration. This must be a contact who can be reached on race day.

If you do not register before 8pm on Friday, you DO NOT RACE the following morning. No exceptions!

 



 Saturday 10 February

Race Day 
100 Miler Start time and location | 4:00am, Government Gardens, Rotorua.
Optional buses (for runners only) for 62, 87 and 102km starts leave outside the Rotorua Museum, Government Gardens between 5:00 and 5:20am.
102km Start time and location | 7:00am, Firmin Field, Kawerau.
87km Start time and location | 7:30am, Tarawera Forest.
62km Start time and location | 8:00am, Tarawera Falls.


Sunday 11 February

102, 87 and 62km Prizegiving

When: 12 noon – 1:30pm
Where: The fimish-line at Government Gardens

Please join us as we share the results, stories and photos from the previous day. The top placegetters will share their experience of the race – so your chance to learn how it went for some of the best ultrarunners in the world. We will have any unclaimed drop bags and lost property at prizegiving.

100 Miler Prizegiving

When: 4:00pm
Where: The finish-line at Government Gardens, Rotorua.  

 


Celebration Dinner

When: 6pm
Where: Skyline, 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

All runners, volunteers, friends and family are welcome to join the organisers as we celebrate the official end of race week. Dinner will be a full buffet at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, Skyline – high above the city of Rotorua. We know you’ll be hungry!

Following a gondola ride to the top, Stratosfare features a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce, Stratosfare takes you on a gastronomic journey. From the tidal mussel tank, ensuring the freshest mussels you can find, to the flame rotisserie, Art of the Grill chef station, seasonal salads and delicate cooked-to-order crepes, this restaurant is a unique and decadent Rotorua dining experience.

Return Gondola and Stratosfare Dinner Buffet
$60 per person, children 5-14yrs $30 and under five’s are free. Please pay on arrival at Skyline on Sunday evening. Please RSVP on our Facebook page so we can estimate numbers.