Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run
Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run 5-9 February 2020 | Rotorua, New Zealand
The 2020 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a challenging ultra-distance race in the Rotorua and Tarawera regions, New Zealand. Runners start in the dark on Saturday morning and many will run for 24 or more hours – finishing on Sunday.
The course features eight lakes, streams, rivers, native bush, planted forests, farmland and volcanic areas.
|START & FINISH||TBC|
|DISTANCE||161km (100 miles).|
|INCLUSIONS||Highly-prized and exclusive pounamu (New Zealand jade) for all finishers, free 100 miler BUFF, technical race shirt, buffet aid stations, free hotpools at finish, finish-line zone with refreshments and craft beer (18 years+), medical and safety support and finish-line hugs.|
|ENTRY INFO||All info is here|
|ENTRY LIMIT||1000 runners|
|RUNNER CHECK-IN||7 February at TBC|
|BRIEFINGS||Friday. COMPULSORY TO ATTEND.|
|ALLOWABLE TIME||36 hours|
|2019 COURSE||Single loop. Combination of trails and forestry roads with some sealed road. Native bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes.
The course will not be substantially different from 2018, there will be a more direct route to the finish from Blue Lake which means a little more distance added in the middle of the course. The historic Buried Village (with tea and scones) will be added to your journey.
Single track 59% | forest track minor forest route 21% | farm/park 2% | forest road 8% | public road 10%
|2019 SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS||Haka at startline at Government Gardens, the solitude of the Tarawera Forest, boat ride across Lake Rotomahana, waterfalls on the Tarawera Falls track, twists and turns on the Eastern Okataina track, running through the archaeological site of Buried Village, towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point, run along eight lakes, finish at historic Government Gardens, Rotorua NZ.|
|EXTRA FEATURES||One of the most international, scenic and competitive 100 mile runs in the world. An achievable first-time 100-mile ultra trail run.|
|VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS||+5132m / -5134m|
|HARDEST CUTOFF PACE (MIN/KM)||13:25/km|
|EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER||14 hours (6:00pm)|
|EXPECTED TIME LAST FINISHER||36 hours (4:00pm Sunday)|
|WESTERN STATES |
100 MILE QUALIFIER
|Yes, sub-30 hours finish required.|
|UTMB / ITRA POINTS: |
|Yes. On UTMB website|
|RUN HOME FROM REDWOODS||All ultra runners may have as many people run to the finish with them from The Redwoods as they wish. These supporters run for free.|
|NUMBER OF ATHLETES||Low (20-30)||X||Massive (2000+)|
|COUNTRIES REPRESENTED||Low (1-2)||X||Massive (90+)|
|QUALITY OF ELITE FIELD||Non-elite||X||Highly competitive|
|DIVERSITY OF SCENERY||All the same||X||Extremely varied|
|HEAT||Freezing cold||X||Extremely hot|
|STAIRS AND STEPS||None||X||Abundant|
|ACHIEVABLE FIRST-TIME ULTRA||Easy||X||Virtually impossible|
|NUMBER OF AID STATIONS||Self supported||X||Fully catered|
|QUALITY OF AID STATIONS||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- VEGAN||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- GLUTEN FREE||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|-- HOT FOOD||Virtually nothing||X||Everything provided|
|NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS||Few (20-30)||X||Many (2000+)|
|START LINE||Non existent||X||Excellent|
|FINISH LINE **||Non existent||X||Excellent|
|EASE OF SPECTATING / CREWING||Difficult||X||Very easy|
|MOBILE TRACKING & LIVE UPDATES||None||X||All the time|
|MEDICAL & SAFETY||Finish line only||X||Entire course|
* parking security, atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink.
** parking security, atmosphere, food and drink.
The Miler course includes some of the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, the Tarawera 50k and 102k courses and much more. The course features narrow single track trails, wide trails, forestry and sealed roads. Forests, lakes, geothermal features, a boat-based lake crossing and the city of Rotorua. It will be a runnable, moderately hilly trail ultra marathon course.
The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run takes a substantially different course to either of the 50k or 102k ultramarathon courses. The latter half of the 100 Miler course will share some trails in common with the Tarawera Ultra 102k courses.
We expect the winning male to complete the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run course in 14 hours or less. As a rough guide, this a little faster than Western States and much faster than UTMB.
2019 Tarawera 100 Mile Course Map. Link to a high res. map suitable for printing (large PDF file).
|2019 Location||Distance from Start||Distance from last aid||Distance to next aid||Distance to Finish||Cut off time||Spectators||Drop bags||Pacers|
|Rerewhakaaitu (incl 1.7km on boat)||58.1||8.8||8.2||102.9||5:00pm||Y||Y|
|Outlet||101.4||9.8||7.6||59.6||2:45am||Maybe - possibility of no access due to fire risk.||Y|
* All runners must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times.
QUALIFICATION FOR UTMB AND WESTERN STATES ENDURANCE RUN
The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for the 2020 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. You will need to finish in 30 hours or less to qualify for WSER.
UTMB QUALIFIER: The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for UTMB. The race is worth 6 ITRA points.
Runners associated with sponsors of the event may receive a free or discounted entry from that sponsor. All policies listed on this page still apply to athletes associated with sponsors.
The following qualification standards are applicable to the 2020 event. They are not negotiable.
- Completion of a trail race, 50.00 km or longer between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019. You must have finished within the final cut off time for that event.
- Your result must be for completion of that event. This means, for example, you cannot submit a result showing you made it 55km into a 100km race.
- You will need to submit a web link to your result online (on the official race website) when you sign up – or modify your entry profile at some later date to include that link.
- Runs that are on sealed roads or timed runs (e.g. 6, 12, 24 hr.) on a running track will not be accepted.
- Unofficial events (e.g. training runs) will not be accepted.
- Self-timed events or self-reported events will not be accepted. An autonomous electronic timing system (such as chip timing) must be used. At the Race Directors discretion, a GPS file of a 50km (or above) run at such an event may be accepted.
- Race management reserve the right to reject any result deemed not meeting criteria 1-7.
- The previous requirement to complete a minimum of eight hours of volunteer work has been removed for the 2020 event and will be reviewed for 2021.
Failure to meet the qualification standard will result in automatic cancellation of your entry with no refund. Therefore, it would be wise to have completed your qualifying run prior to entering.
You do not need to provide a medical certificate to enter this event. When you enter online, you will complete medical and health questions. These include details of any medications you are taking, medical conditions or issues that may prevent you from completing this event.
AGE LIMIT: This race is open to anyone 18 years or over as at the the date of the event.
Participant rules for the Tarawera Ultramarathon are posted online. These posted rules also apply to the 100 Mile Endurance Run. The additional rules below relate specifically to the 100 miler.
All 100-mile runners will be required to carry compulsory gear for the duration of the race. A compulsory gear inspection will need to be completed at the athlete check-in before you can collect your race bib. The compulsory gear is:
– Base layer long top wool/polypropylene
– Base layer long pants wool/polypropylene
– Thermal hat (Buff accepted)
– Thermal gloves
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed + hooded)
– Survival bag – not a survival blanket*
– 2 metres of self-adhesive bandage
– Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container
* The survival bag must be sealed everywhere except the top opening (i.e it is a bag, not a blanket) – it must be large enough for you to climb into and pull tight around your shoulders – if it is a single-use bag (most foil survival bags are single use), then it must be in new condition. Survival bags from most outdoor retailers are perfect and range from $5 to $25.
All 100 Mile runners will need a headlamp at the race start. You can swap your named headlamp at any aid station if you wish, but must carry a lamp at all times (use your official TUM headlamp tag, provided on your drop bag label sheets, in your race pack). Surplus clothing (which must also be clearly named/labelled) can be left with the volunteers at the start or first aid station and can be picked up at the finish or prize giving. Almost all 100 Mile runners will be running through Saturday/Sunday night and will need headlamps.
Pacers are companion runners that can accompany a 100 Miler entrant from various points to the finish-line in Rotorua. Pacers run for free. The Pacers role is to accompany their runner to provide moral support, pacing advice and companionship in the latter stages of the event. There are strict rules regarding pacing.
- All pacers must wear a compulsory race number. Numbers must be picked up by runners at registration before race day. Runners will sign up their pacers at registration – the pacer may be present in person, but the runner will take ultimate responsibility for their pacer(s).
- Pacer numbers will be white. This is so we know you are part of the event.
- Pacer pick up locations are likely to be Okataina, Blue Lake Aid Station and Redwoods.
- You cannot meet your runner before or after the designated pacer pick up locations or at intermediate points. Doing so results in disqualification.
- Competitors, you can use two pacers – but only one at a time. They must change over at a pacer pick up location.
- If you plan to make an exchange of pacers, the pacer number must be handed over from the previous pacer to the next pacer.
- Pacers are responsible for their own transport to the pick up locations.
- Pacers may not carry extra water, food or equipment for runners.
- With the exception of an emergency or medical situation, pacers cannot provide any material assistance to their runners.
- Pacers must carry their own set of compulsory clothing and equipment items to match that required by the runners.
- In addition to formal pacers, 100 mile runners may be accompanied by friends and family from the Redwoods to the finish. These people are not an official part of the race, but can provide moral support to their runner.