The Course

 

 

There are three courses in the 2018 Tarawera Ultramarathon. They are 62, 87 and 102km long. All point to point. The 87 & 102km start in Kawerau, the 62km starts at the Tarawera Falls. All three distances finish in downtown Rotorua.

In general, all three courses are low elevation, single tracks (trails) and wide trails through forests and narrow forestry roads. There are mainly gentle hills, short, steep hills and flat sections. There are few stairs. The major technical sections (roots, rocks and sharp hills) are the Eastern Okataina walkway and Northern Tarawera Track (roughly, Okataina to Humphries Bay aid station). This is considered a very runnable course.  Race results provide indicative times.


Course Markings: For the event, the course will be marked with red directional arrows on a white background ‘→’, and pink+orange flagging tape. There will also be reflective tape and glowsticks on night time sections. You need to pay attention, especially at night, to follow these course markings.


 

102km course

StartFirmin Field, Kawerau*
Start time7:00am
Finish Government Gardens, Rotorua
Distance102.4km
Aid stations 11
Vertical gain +3950m
Vertical loss -3700m
Hardest cutoff pace required (min./km)14.04/km
Expected time first finisher 2:45pm
Expected time last finisher 7:00am Sunday
Trail typeNative forest single trail 48%, minor forest track / road 33%, major forest road 10%, single track exotic forest 4%

 

Aid Station locationDistance from StartDistance from last Aid StationDistance to next Aid StationDistance to Finish
Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau0010.5102.4
Fisherman's Bridge10.510.515.591.9
Titoki2615.59.576.4
Tarawera Falls35.59.55.366.9
Tarawera Outlet40.85.37.661.6
Humphries Bay48.47.69.654
Okataina Lodge589.616.444.4
Millar Road74.416.46.828
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)81.26.816.221.2
Redwoods97.416.255
Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua102.4500


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87km course

StartTarawera Forest, Kawerau. Access via bus from Firmin Field, Kawerau. The bus is free for all runners*
Start time7:30am
FinishGovernment Gardens, Rotorua
Distance85.3km
Aid stations9
Vertical gain+3430m
Vertical loss-3200m
Hardest cutoff pace required (min./km)16:33/km
Expected time first finisher 12:20pm
Expected time last finisher 7am Sunday
Trail typeNative forest single trail 57%, minor forest track / road 26%, major forest road 5%, single track exotic forest 5%

 

Aid Station locationDistance from Start (km)Distance from last Aid StationDistance to next Aid StationDistance to Finish
Start: before Fishermans Bridge008.885.2
Titoki8.88.19.576.4
Tarawera Falls18.39.55.366.9
Tarawera Outlet23.65.37.661.6
Humphries Bay31.27.69.654
Okataina Lodge40.89.616.444.4
Millar Road57.216.46.828
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)646.816.221.2
Redwoods80.216.255
Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua85.35.100


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62km course

StartTarawera Falls, access via bus from Firmin Field, Kawerau*
Start time8:00am
FinishGovernment Gardens, Rotorua
Distance62.7km
Aid stations6
Vertical gain+2790m
Vertical loss-2680m
Hardest cutoff pace required (min./km)15:23/km
Expected time first finisher 1:00pm
Expected time last finisher 12 midnight
Trail typeNative forest single trail 61%, minor forest track / road 28%, single track exotic forest 5%

 

Aid Station locationDistance from StartDistance from last Aid StationDistance to next Aid StationDistance to Finish
Start: Tarawera Falls005.362.4
Tarawera Outlet5.35.37.657.1
Humphries Bay12.97.69.649.5
Okataina Lodge22.59.616.439.9
Millar Road38.916.46.823.5
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)45.76.811.716.7
Redwoods57.411.755
Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua62.4500


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