The Race

8th annual Tarawera Ultramarathon. 11 February 2017.


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DateSaturday 6 February 2016
Distances62, 87, 102 km. Relay options: 2 or 4 person for the 87km distance. More details on the Tarawera Ultra course.
EntryEntry opens on 1 June at 11am (NZ) time each year. Expect the race to sell-out. Entry is limited to 1000 entrants *each relay team counts as one entry.
Minimum age17* for the 102km and 16* for other distances. Note -athletes aged 17 and intending to compete in the 102km and athletes aged 16 and competing in either the 62 or 87km will be required to submit evidence to the organiser that they have participated in similar events.
Prizes and prize moneyThe top five place finishers (male and female) in each solo ultra distance receive a custom medal. The 100k winners receive a trophy. There is no prize money.
Race programmeThe latest race programme is here
Start LineThe Redwoods Visitors Centre - Rotorua New Zealand. Map
Start time6am on Saturday
Finish-lineThe Tarawera Falls for the 62km. Firmin Field Kawerau for the 102, 87km and relays.
Race Week ScheduleRace weeks starts on Thursday with a fun run. There is an official race welcome, Expo, Seminars and Registration on Friday. Race day is Saturday and Prizegiving on Sunday. The latest schedule for the Tarawera Ultra race week.
The courseA point to point run from Rotorua to Kawerau. The majority of the run is on singletrack trails through native bush or forestry roads with less than 2% being on a sealed public road. In the Tarawera Forest you will be on deserted forestry roads, some of it, alongside the river. This is a trail run - not a road race.

Net downhill with a 357 metre (840 foot) elevation loss. The running surface is excellent with free-draining volcanic soils with some technical roots and rocks on the Okataina and Tarawera section of the course from Humphries Bay to The Outlet. More Info.
Information for Crew and Spectators and PacersCrew and Spectators and Pacer information is here. There is comprehensive information in the race guide also.


Tarawera Ultramarathon Mobile App
Follow the race on the mobile app – available on both iPhone and Android

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Rotorua Holiday Inn (10 Tryon Street Rotorua) is the venue for the race registration, expo, seminars and briefings on Friday as well as prize giving and the FIFTY movie world premiere on Sunday. Being Waitangi Weekend (New Zealand’s national holiday) everyone is advised to book accommodation in September or earlier.

Transport and Travel
Getting to this race is REALLY easy if you don’t have a car. Three hot tips:

  1. From Auckland Airport
    Rent a car or campervan and drive three hours’ south to Rotorua. This is easily the most flexible option. It gives you a range of travel options.
    – Shuttle bus from Auckland Airport to Rotorua. The shuttles will drop you door-to-door.– Bus from Auckland Airport to Rotorua. Tends to be cheap – but not always the most direct route and you may have to stop at inconvenient places along the way.– Fly to Rotorua airport from Auckland. The domestic terminal is right next door to the international terminal at Auckland airport. Catching connecting flights is pretty quick at easy.
    – FREE option -grab a ride with one of the hundreds of other runners making the same trip at the same time. Just post to the Tarawera Ultra Facebook group page (link shown above) that you’d like a ride. Overseas travellers quite often use this option to share rental cars. Auckland runners are often very obliging to pick up overseas runners from the airport and drive them down to the race.
  1. Transport to Race Start
    Walk out the Rotorua Holiday Inn door sometime after 5am, and about 400 other people will be doing the same thing as you at the same time. Grab a ride with one of them. The drive from the Holiday Inn to race start takes 5-10 minutes. Please park as directed.
  1. Back to Kawerau from 60km finish line
    Grab a ride with your crew or with other spectators and supporters going in the same direction as you.  Due to narrow roads we cannot provide buses.
  1. Bus back to Rotorua
    We have buses from the finish line in Kawerau back to the start. Pay for a bus ticket when you sign up online, or pay at registration on Friday before race day. The buses will depart Kawerau every hour from 4pm (and every 30 minutes during the peak of finishers). The bus will drop you back to the Redwoods or Rotorua Holiday Inn. You will need to show your bus ticket.
    There are plenty of cars heading out in the same direction as you, so it will be easy to grab a ride. Driving time from Kawerau to Rotorua is 50 minutes. If you have paid your bus money, you are welcome to instead grab a car ride back to Rotorua with other runners and their crew if you prefer.

Weather forecast
Temperatures at the race start at 6am will be around 12-14 degrees Celsius and will warm up quickly. Temperatures in the Tarawera Forest in mid afternoon can exceed 30 degrees. Temperatures will be in the 20-25 degree range for most of the day.

Race numbers
Runners of each distance are clearly recognised by their race number and the colour of the numbers.

1-600’s           100km ultra runners               yellow numbers
800’s               85km ultra runners                 yellow numbers
1000’s             60km ultra runners                 yellow numbers
4000’s             relay runners                           blue numbers

85/100km pacers have white numbers, same number as their runner. All ultra runners have their name and country flag on their race numbers. All relay runners will have their team name.

Timing Locations
Run over the timing mats at Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Okataina, Humphries Bay, Tarawera Falls, Titoki, Awaroa (the far end of the loop) and Fisherman’s Bridge Aid Stations.

Mobile app and Live Tracking 
The event mobile app is available in both iPhone and Android format. Download from the iTunes store or from the Google Play Store. With limited cell coverage, we will try to upload results as close to real-time as possible.

Ultra-Trail® World Tour Visa Stamps
All 100km finishers are eligible for a Visa stamp. You will receive a visa stamp when you cross the finish-line in Kawerau. Ultra-Trail® World Tour passportswill be sold at the Expo on Friday. 

Race Safety
Please take care of both yourselves and the other competitors on the course. If someone needs help, please stop and help them. There will be a full safety crew at the race, including outdoor safety specialists, coastguard, search and rescue personnel, emergency doctors, nurses and ambulances. Some volunteers hold first aid qualifications. Safety staff will have radio communications with the Race Director and Safety Director in case of an emergency.

Relay Teams

  • You can change the name and order of your teammates at registration on Friday. A flat $30 admin. fee covers all the changes you wish to make to a team.
  • Only one member of a team needs to be present on Friday to pick up your race packet.
  • Each member of a relay team gets a race number. They are identical and all have your team name on them. Check that you have four race numbers in your racepack.
  • The timing chip is on the back of your race number.
  • Teams swap at Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Okataina and Tarawera Falls.
  • If you are in a fast team, you may wish to send teammate #4 straight to Tarawera Falls since any team members at Okataina will need to catch the shuttle bus and then have a long drive in to the Tarawera Falls area.
  • Team members can run more than one leg if a team-member has dropped out.
  • Two cars per relay team is a good idea to get around the course efficiently (especially for fast teams).
  • There are no shirts given to relay team runners – but you can purchase a souvenir Tarawera shirt at the Expo on Friday.
  • All race rules and cutoff times apply to relay teams as well as solo ultra runners.
  • Relay runners do not have pacers. Relay team runners do not need drop bags.

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017: Race Day.
6am Race Start

The race start will be very busy and crowded. To ensure we get underway on time, please aim to be at the start no later than 5.20am. There will be hot tea, coffee and espresso at the start. There will also be toilets and portaloos.

Gates close to the Rotorua Redwoods at 11.30pm on race day.

IMPORTANT If you think you will be back in Rotorua after 11.30pm on Saturday evening, park your car outside the gates on Long Mile Road and walk (or hop a ride) to the start line (only 1km away). Please aim to assemble at the race start no later than 5.30am. The start area gets very busy after that time.

Parking will be tight. Essentially, the earlier you arrive, the closer you will park to the start line. Please park where directed on both sides of the road. There will be a 10-minute briefing before the race start. The race start is at the Redwoods Visitors Centre, Long Mile Road, Rotorua.

Sunrise is at 6:40am. The Redwood Grove is very dark prior to sunrise so having a headlamp is strongly recommended. We will have a volunteer pick up headlamps at the 4km point (at the water tower near Tarawera Road). You can ditch your named headlamp (use your official TUM headlamp tag, provided on your drop bag label sheets, in your race pack) and surplus clothing (which must also be clearly named/labelled) with the volunteers and pick them up at the Kawerau finish or prize giving. Some athletes purchase cheap headlamps just for the event that they do not label and do not wish to collect after the event. Any unclaimed headlamps will be donated to the local running club about a month after the event.

Compulsory Gear
In the week prior to the race and at registration, competitors will be advised, and again at the pre-race briefing, what compulsory clothing and equipment items they must carry (based on the expected weather conditions). If there is little risk of bad weather, the most likely Compulsory Gear list will be A.

There are three compulsory gear levels:
– A. No compulsory equipment
– B. Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed).
– C. Base layer long top wool/polypropylene, base layer long pants wool/polypropylene, waterproof jacket (seam-sealed), thermal hat (Buff accepted), thermal gloves.

INSPECTION OF COMPULSORY ITEMS: If compulsory items are required for the race, the Race Director may choose to randomly spot check a sample of competitor items on the morning of the event at the race start. At least one random inspection of one or more item(s) will be undertaken along the course for all competitors. Plan ahead and have all items in List C available to bring to Rotorua.

We recommend you carry water between Aid Stations. Optionally (but recommended) you should carry any gels or other form of calories with you between Aid Stations.

Race Numbers
You MUST have your race numbers facing the front when you line up at the start. Race numbers must be visible because they are recorded throughout the day. If numbers are not visible, we may need to stop you to check your number. Timing chips are on the back of your race numbers.

If you are a very fast 60k, 85k or relay runner (i.e. top 2-3% of the field), please write your distance (60, 85 or R) on the back of your calf muscle at registration. This will prevent the top 100k runners from chasing you. We will provide marker pens.

Course Markings
Only follow the fluoro pink/orange ribbons in the trees, and red arrows. There should be no other markings. Any turns should be obviously marked with these pink/orange ribbons and/or red arrows. The wrong way will be indicated with hazard or warning tape. Glowsticks fluoro ribbons/cones and glow spray will help to mark the course from the Awaroa Aid Station to the Kawerau finish line.

Aid Stations
The Aid Stations are very generously stocked with food – ‘world-famous’ Heather Bars, endurolytes, lollies, chips (chicken, salted and salt & vinegar flavours), pretzels, sandwiches (with Pic’s really good Peanut Butter, manuka honey, jam and nutella), fruit (bananas, watermelon, oranges, apples), ice, water, Coke, Mountain Dew, ginger beer and HEED. The order of the Aid Station offerings will be: drinks in cups > food > fruit > drink containers to fill your bottles > Gurney goo and sunblock etc. Hammer gels will be in your race packs and will not be distributed to the Aid Stations. We have budgeted on three gels per athlete. If you plan on relying on gels, make sure to bring plenty for yourself – do not rely on the gels in your race pack. Some aid stations will have Burger Fuel kumara fries and Hell Pizza.

Signs will be placed 200 metres before the Aid Station. Exit signs will indicate distance to the next Aid Station.

There are six toilets at the Redwoods Visitors Centre and there will be extra portaloos. There are also toilets at Blue Lake Aid Station, Okareka (Boyes Beach Reserve), Okataina Aid Station, Humphries Bay Aid Station, The Outlet Aid Station (over the bridge), Tarawera Falls (60km finish) and the finish line in Kawerau.

You will be sharing these trails with hikers and trampers. Please make sure you move off the trail to allow these other users to pass by. When passing slower runners, please indicate that you’d like to pass by saying “passing on your left (or right)” when overtaking.

Littering and pooing / peeing
Do not drop rubbish at aid stations or on the trails. Rubbish bins are provided at all aid stations. Anyone caught deliberately littering may be disqualified from this race and banned from future events. If you will generate waste on the run, please use a small ziplock bag to stash your trash and carry it with you.

Sometimes you will need to poo or pee when you are far away from a toilet. When that happens, you should step well away from sight (25 metres) and very far from waterways. Bury any waste by digging a deep hole with the heel of your shoe. Completely bury all waste.

Yes, you may listen to music during the run. Don’t use them on the public road at Okareka, as you will be running with cars.

Running extra (or less) distance
If you have entered the 60km or 85km and you decide to run further, you must let the Aid Station volunteers at Tarawera Falls and Titoki respectively know you are continuing on. To be fair, please pay the difference at the finish line (or Sunday morning) if you ran further. Comparing the entry form to the results – we’ll easily know who you are. If you entered the 100km or 85km and you complete the 85km or 60km instead, your result will not show as a DNF. Your results will be your place (and time) for that distance. If you drop at any point during the race, you must let the nearest Aid Station or a course marshal know that you have pulled out of the race.

Any runner who is unable to finish the run must personally inform the nearest Aid Station of their decision to withdraw and make sure their race number is recorded. We will use forest radios to try and contact your crew and it is essential your emergency contact person can be reached. If you do not have a crew, we will do our best to transport you to where you need to go. Usually you won’t have to wait long but there is a chance you may have to wait several hours for a non-emergency lift back to Event HQ.

Athletes who leave the race without officially withdrawing pose a serious risk to the event safety, and will trigger an immediate Search and Rescue response. The race reserves the right to pass on any costs associated with an unnecessary search effort if a runner has not bothered to withdraw before leaving the race.

Drop Bags
A support crew is certainly not necessary in the event. Drop bags are OPTIONAL for solo ultra runners and can contain your own goodies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, Gurney Goo etc.).

NEW FOR 2016: For solo ultra runners, you will be provided with an official TUM drop bag label sheet in your race pack.  Once you have received your drop bag labels, please attach them to the relevant bag for the correct Aid Station.  You should then put your filled and labelled drop bags and finish line bags in the correct trailer or pile for the correct Aid Station. We will provide labels for all drop bags – these MUST be used, otherwise we will not accept your drop bag (our volunteers will be checking).  The drop bags must be a soft, reasonable size – do not pack the kitchen sink. Leave your drop bags with us in the correct truck or van at race registration before 7pm Friday. Please do not use the drop bag service for any Aid Stations where your support crew will be definitely attending.

If you have a drop bag at an Aid Station you will be asked to move it from the ‘unused pile’ to the ‘used pile’ even if you did not use your drop bag. This allows us to transport your drop bags quickly back to the Kawerau finish line. This will help allow the drop bag tent to remain orderly for the benefit of runners yet to arrive. Drop bags must not contain any glass. All liquids must be secure.

Attach the correct label from the TUM official drop bag label sheet with the corresponding Aid Station:

LAMP – Black – Headlamp*
BLU – Yellow – Blue Lake
OTA – Pink – Okataina
TAR – Blue – Tarawera Falls**
TITO – Red – Titoki Road***
AWA – Green – Awaroa***
FSH – Purple – Fisherman’s Bridge***
FIN – Orange Finish line in Kawerau****

* Headlamp
This sticker is not for a drop bag, but for your headlamp, should you wish to leave it with our volunteers near the water tower at Tarawera Road.  The labels will help us identify you when you arrive at the Kawerau Finish Line, to collect your headlamp (and other gear).

** 60km Finish runners
Pack a change of clothes, comfy shoes/jandals, towel etc. for when you finish at the Tarawera Falls. There are beautiful places in the river for a swim near the finish. In Kawerau there are hot pools and free hot showers, so bring a towel. Pack some money for hot food and drinks at the Kawerau finish line.

** 85/100km runners
Make sure you place your Tarawera Falls drop bag in the Tarawera Falls aid station truck, not in the 60km Finish truck.

*** 85/100km runners
If you think you’ll need a headlamp for the finish, you can put it in your Titoki, Awaroa or Fisherman’s Bridge drop bag. Or your crew can deliver a headlamp to you at the Titoki, Fisherman’s Bridge or River Road Aid Stations.

**** Kawerau Finish Line
Pack a change of clothes, comfy shoes/jandals, towel etc. Excellent swimming in the river plus free Kawerau hot pools and free hot showers so bring a towel. Pack some money for hot food and drinks. Remember to put your bus ticket in your finish line bag. Extra bus tickets will be available at Registration ($20).

DROP BAG COLLECTION – Drop bags from across the course will be available at the Finish Line.  You will be able to collect these by providing your race number to our volunteers at the Drop Bag Collection desk in the building near the finish line.  If for any reason you are not able to collect your drop bag from the Finish Line on race day, these will be available at the Holiday Inn before and during the prize giving.  There are two vouchers on the official TUM drop bag label sticker sheets for you to give your support crew members to be able to collect your gear on your behalf.  No one other than you (with your race number) or supporters with those tickets will be able to collect drop bags on your behalf.

Dropbags not collected at prizegiving should be picked up from Paul’s house (2 Pukehangi Road, Rotorua) before you leave town.

Aid stations and cut-off times.

Dear runners. we wish to make this event more inclusive and accessible for all.  It is likely that cutoff times will be very much relaxed or removed entirely for the 60k event in 2017. We will post details in the coming weeks and months. 

Cut-off and pace times are shown in the table below. These cut-off times will be “extremely generous” meaning you have ample time to walk tough sections, stop at Aid Stations, and still get through. We have no intention of pulling people off the course for going slow.

At the same time, we do not want to have runners in the forest at 2am with the possums. These cut-offs represent an average of around 11 minutes per km pace. In other words, just over seven and a half hours for a marathon. The 5.50pm cut-off at the Tarawera Falls Aid Station does not apply for runners completing the 60km solo run. The cut-off times in 2016 are more generous than last year.

Cut-off times reflect the deadlines for LEAVING the Aid Station. If you return to an Aid Station after the cut-off, you will be pulled from the run. The Aid Stations will strictly enforce the cut-off times: anyone leaving an Aid Station after the cut-off time will be disqualified. This rule is for the safety of all participants. IF YOU MISS THE CUT-OFF, YOU MUST STOP. Significant sanctions will apply to anyone breaking this rule.

Aid StationKm coveredDistance to next (km)Distance from previous (km)Cut-Off
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)16.46.416.410:00 am
Millar Road22.816.66.4
Okataina Lodge39.49.816.61:50 pm
Humphries Bay49.28.19.8
Tarawera Outlet57.35.48.1
Tarawera Falls (60km finish) (for running cmnpleting the 85 or 100km).
Titoki72.25.3km to Fishermans Bridge (85k course)
7.7 km to Awaroa (100k course)
9.5*6:20pm. This is for runners wishing to complete the 100km.
Awaroa (100km course only)(79.9 & 84.8)4.9km loop back to Awaroa. 8.1km to Fishermans Bridge7.7 and 5.3
Fisherman's Bridge77.56 (92.9)4.95.3 (8.1 from Awaroa)
River Road82.4 (97.8)54.9
Finish-line87.4 (102.8)05
Aid StationRunner km coveredEst. time: Front runnerEst. time: Final runnerCrew / spectator accessRelay change-overDrop bagsPacer start point
Start06:00 am6:00 amYes
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)16.47:009:30YesYesYes
Millar Road22.87:3011:00No
Okataina Lodge39.48:301:50 pmYes, Shuttle busYesYes
Humphries Bay49.29:203:00No
Tarawera Outlet57.310:105:20Yes (limited space)Yes
Tarawera Falls (60km finish)62.710:406:30YesYesYesYes
Titoki72.211:50 am7:20YesYesYes
Awaroa (100km course only)(79.9 & 84.8)12:10 and 12:357:30 PM & 8:00NoYes
Fisherman's Bridge77.56 (92.9)12:15 (1pm)9:50YesYesYes
River Road82.4 (97.8)12:20 (1:30)10:10YesYes
Kawerau Finish line for 85km and 100km87.4 (102.8)12:45 (1:50)11:50Yes

If you do not make the Titoki 100km cut-off time, you will need to finish on the 85km course. You cannot complete the 100km.

Note: there is NO Finish line cut-off time for any of the distances. If you make it through the last cut-off time earlier in the race, you can finish your event.

Cut off times table – coming soon

Course changes from previous years
The 2016 course has a number of changes that will help you, and the other 1000 runners, get off the start line efficiently, improve safety and ease congestion for runners and spectators / crew in the early parts of the race. The most significant change is over the first 5km of the course with the addition of Direct Road and Hill Road contributing 150 metres of extra elevation gain and 2km of distance. The Blue Lake aid station has been moved to the North side of the Lake and the Okareka aid station has been removed.

Podium Spots and Race Records
Runners who switch distances on race day and finish in the top five (men or women) for that distance will still be recorded for their time and place in that distance on the website. For all media, prize giving ceremony, place-getter medals, and official Tarawera Ultra communications, only those who entered that distance will be acknowledged as being in the top five per distance/gender.

Course records will be set by any runner who completes the distance in the fastest ever recorded time on race day. For example, it may be possible for an 85km or 100km entrant to break the 60km course record if they reach that Aid Station in the fastest ever time.

This is a running event, not a walk! Unless you are an exceptional walker (we have had one) you cannot expect to walk the entire course and still finish within the cut-offs. All runners will walk the course at times, especially the uphills. Runners will probably walk more later in the event as fatigue sets in.

Kawerau finish line
There is ample parking at the Kawerau finish-line and a guaranteed party atmosphere. The race will provide free drinks (a locally-brewed Croucher beer, Monteiths cider, DB Export Citrus 0.0% and ginger beer and other drinks) and fruit for each finisher (including 60km finishers that join us). Meals and drinks will be available to purchase so pack some money in your finish line bag for extra food and drinks. Hot food will be available until 10pm on race night – stay behind and cheer in the final runners to the finish of an epic day!

There are FREE Kawerau hot pools and hot showers at Maurie Kjar Pools in Kawerau. These are open and free to everyone (including the general public) before 8pm. After 8pm, the pools are booked to the Tarawera Ultra and you are still free to use them. You can only bring beer in to the pools after 8pm. There is a free spa pool and nice hot showers. The hot pools are opposite the Information Centre on Plunket Street, Kawerau.

Lost Property
Lost gear, start line headlamps and drop bags will be transported back to the Kawerau finish area and will be available throughout the day. Labelling or naming your gear is essential. Any unclaimed gear will be at prize giving on Sunday. After that, all lost gear will be stored at 2 Pukehangi Road, Rotorua. We recommend that you claim all of your lost gear before leaving town.


Qualification Runs for other major world ultra races. 


Only the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100km distance is a qualifying race for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, held in California each year.  The Tarawera Ultramarathon (60, 85 or 100km) counts for points towards qualifying for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, held in August each year.
logo_fr (1)logo_frThe Tarawera Ultramarathon (60, 85km and 100km) count for points towards qualifying for UTMB events, held in August each year.  See points value and  qualification requirements.



The guiding principles of this race are enshrined in the charter of the International Trail Running Association.

The purpose of the performance rules for this event is to ensure the run’s integrity as a test of individual performance, providing equal conditions for all. The guiding principles are as simple as: play fair, be safe, and respect the land. Violations of any rules may be grounds for disqualification for one or more years, or other sanctions such as time penalties, fines, and/or disqualification from awards. In the case of very serious breach of these rules, Race Directors of the Ultra-Trail World Tour will be informed of the misconduct with possible sanctions across a number of events.

  • There will be no unofficial runners.
  • Each runner’s official race number must be worn prominently on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
  • Runners must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
  • Each runner must complete the entire course under his or her own power. No physical or mechanical aids are allowed, including but not limited to mountain bikes or boats.
  • Except in case of injury, distress or medical emergency, runners may not accept pushing or pulling assistance in any form from anyone between checkpoints.
  • Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the trail.
  • Littering of any kind is prohibited. Please respect the natural beauty of our trails and the right of everyone to enjoy them.
  • Runners must refrain from any act of bad sportsmanship.
  • Smoking is not permitted at any of the checkpoints or along the trail. Anyone who smokes in the Tarawera Forest will be immediately removed by security. Both the smoker and their runner will receive a permanent lifetime ban from this event.
  • Any runner who is unable to finish the run must personally inform the nearest Aid Station captain of the nearest checkpoint of their decision to withdraw, and make sure their race number is recorded.
  • Runners who leave the course without turning in their race number will be classified as “lost”. The runner will be contacted on their cellphone and their emergency contact will be called. If there is no response from either party or the emergency contact does not know the status of the runner, a search will be activated. Costs for searching for any such runner will be charged to the runner.
  • Be respectful of all other users, such as recreational walkers.
  • The runner is responsible for the actions of their support crew. Support crews must comply with all instruction from event staff and officials. The runner may be penalised or disqualified for actions or breaches of the rules by their support crew.
  • The Performance Enhancing Drug policy is on the event website. All runners must comply.
  • Race management reserves the right to drug test any athlete competing in this event.

Tarawera Ultra – Anti-Doping Policy and Statement.

As a privately-owned event and a major event in the sport of trail ultra-running globally, we are working hard to ensure our sport remains clean of performance enhancing drugs. To this end, race management is in regular communication with Drug Free Sport NZ regarding anti-doping programmes. From these communications, we have taken the following steps:

  1. Race management reserves the right to drug test any athlete competing in this event – from the time of registration to the completion of the event. Agreement to submit to drug testing is a condition of entry. Any testing will be conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code including the WADA Prohibited List. (See link below for more information on those requirements.)
  2. No athlete that is currently serving a sanction for violating sports anti-doping rules may enter the Tarawera Ultramarathon or Tarawera Trail Marathon &50km.
  3. No athlete that was issued a sanction between 1 January 2013 and 31 Dec. 2014 for violating sports anti-doping rules may enter the Tarawera Ultramarathon or Tarawera Trail Marathon &50km until 1 Jan. 2017.

Race management will disqualify the entry of any athlete violating (2) or (3) who attempts to enter these events.

Race management will provide anti-doping education to our participants, in conjunction with Drug Free Sport NZ. Considerable resources for athletes, coaches and support staff is on the Drug Free Sport NZ website: