2015 Schedule

Schedule for the 2015 race week. Thursday to Sunday.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon is a four-day long ‘race week’. Significantly, in 2015 the event falls during Waitangi weekend – New Zealand’s national holiday.


THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY
The Buff ‘Flat Is Boring’ Forest Rogaine

The tradition continues with your chance to run with some of the world’s greatest trail runners, this time in a forest rogaine.

When: 5:30pm outside The Outdoorsman Headquarters. 6 Tarawera Road, Rotorua.
Cost: FREE Open to everyone.
What? A one hour (approx.) rogaine run in the forest – in teams of up to five.

This year’s event will be a little different – and a whole lot more fun. We are going to have a rogaine. This 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 (probably one hour). For every minute that your team arrives after the cut-off time, you lose points.

The rules? Anything goes! You do not need to stick to the tracks – you can jump over logs, run straight up the hills and get yourselves hopelessly lost – it’s all part of the fun. Team up with your friends, grab a famous runner (or two!) and speed off into the forest.

 


 

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FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY – WAITANGI DAY (NEW ZEALAND’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY)

Official Race Welcome

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 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. The official 2015 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.


Event Expo

12-NOON to 7.00pm, Rotorua Holiday Inn, 10 Tryon Street Rotorua.

The Race Expo will be open during this time so you can find all the latest and greatest stuff in the world of trail running, including specials from the , Marmot Clothing, Ultimate Direction, Hammer Nutrition and Buff Headwear. There will also be exhibitions and deals from Te Puia and Rotorua New Zealand.

You can pick up your Tarawera Forest permit from here too. Croucher Brewing will be offering free samples of their craft beers to help settle your pre-race nerves. Have a go in the Ultimate Direction Fast Draw competition – taking place at an aid station in the Holiday Inn carpark. There are tons of prizes to be won. Donate a can of food to a local charity and pick up your free custom Tarawera Ultra buff from the Buff stand.

The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km in November will be offering a one-time only $50 off the entry price at the Expo. You must present photo ID of yourself to claim the discount code which can be used in the first 24-hours that entries are open for the 2015 race.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon will also be selling merchandise – with wall art and customised medal holders available for sale. There will be free posters, maps too.


 Race Briefing #1.

12-NOON – 12:30. Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn. 
Paul Charteris, Tim Day, Manu Rangiheua, Rev Graham Patio Ti Rere, and Dr Ben McHale.

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 500 and we have more than that number. Please arrive early!


 

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Malcom Law – Ordinary is No Barrier

12:35-1:05
Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn.
Mal Law is not an elite athlete. And he’s no spring chicken either. But these things do not stop him from chasing daunting goals. His profound belief that “ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things” has led him to several audacious running firsts, inspired many people to push their own boundaries and raised more than $500,000 for causes close to his heart. This year’s Tarawera Ultra is special for Mal, being Day 1 of his world-first attempt to run 50 mountain marathons and climb 50 named peaks in just 50 days.

 


Elite Athlete Q&A

1pm-2pm   Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn. 

Moderated by the ever-entertaining and knowledgeable, Kerry Suter, twice a 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 learn from the best.


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Trails In Motion Film Festival

2pm-5pm   Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn. 
In 2015, Trails In Motion Film Tour will once again bring a collection of the finest trail running films to passionate audiences around the world. Not only do we strive to present a varied montage of high quality film content from dynamic film makers in this genre, but we also aim to develop a global community that brings together like minded trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts in a visual and social celebration of the sport.


Race Registration

Race Registration 12-noon to 7.00pm.  Rotorua Holiday Inn. 

  • You will be able to register anytime from midday to 7pm. Please bring a print-out of your email confirmation or photo ID.
  • 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 and they have a copy of your race confirmation email or a copy of your photo ID.
  • Make sure you queue up in the right line – there will be signs above the registration desk.
  • Make sure you pick up your timing chip. The chip will be scanned to make sure your details are correct.
  • Your race number, race programme, Hammer gels and endurolyte fizz will be in your race packs.
  • Make sure a volunteer records that you have received your race pack.
    Leave your labelled drop bags with the appropriate truck or van before 7pm.
  • You must indicate if you have decided to change your race distance (and pay the difference).
  • Volunteers (and myself, Paul Charteris) 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.
  • 85/100km runners must weigh-in at the room behind the registration area.
  • Make sure you pick up your bus tickets if you paid for them when you signed up online.
  • You can change your details at registration. A $20 admin fee applies.

 Race Briefing #2.

5PM-5:30PM. Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn. 
Paul Charteris, Tim Day, Manu Rangiheua, Rev Graham Patio Ti Rere, and Dr Ben McHale.

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 500 and we have more than that number. Please arrive early!


SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY – RACE DAY

Race Start: 6am. The Redwoods. Longmile Road, Rotorua. 

 


SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY – PRIZEGIVING

10-11am. Pohutu Theater, Rotorua Holiday Inn.