Tarawera 100 Miler

 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run 8 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.

 

GENERAL INFO

START LINETe Puia
BUSESThere are no pre-race shuttles. There will be free post-race shuttles from 8pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday in rotation as a hop on/off bus down Fenton Street
START TIME 4:00am
FINISH LINELakefront Reserve, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua. Parking will be available on Lakefront Reserve (limited). Alternatively, there is on-street parking on the surrounding street, which is $1/hour from 9am to noon on Saturday and free from noon until Monday morning.
DISTANCE162km (100 miles).
INCLUSIONSHighly-prized and exclusive pounamu (New Zealand jade) for all finishers, technical tee, buffet aid stations, finish-line zone with refreshments, medical and safety support.
ENTRY INFOAll info is here
ATHLETE CHECK-IN7 February at Lakefront Reserve, Rotorua
RACE DIRECTOR Q&AFriday 11:00am and 2:00pm - Lakefront Reserve
ALLOWABLE TIME36 hours
AID STATIONS14
2020 COURSESingle 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 2019, A new start line in Te Puia means a little more distance added in the middle of the course. The historic Buried Village (with tea and scones) will again be part of your journey.

Single track 59% | forest track minor forest route 22% | farm/park 2% | forest road 8% | public road 9%
2020 SCENIC HIGHLIGHTSHaka at startline in Te Puia, 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 the Lakefront Reserve in downtown Rotorua NZ.
EXTRA FEATURESOne 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 +5470m / -5485m
HARDEST CUTOFF PACE (MIN/KM)13:25/km
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER15 hours (7:00pm)
EXPECTED TIME LAST FINISHER36 hours (4:00pm Sunday)
WESTERN STATES
100 MILE QUALIFIER
Yes, sub-30 hours
UTMB / ITRA POINTS:
______________________________
Yes, 6pts
RUN HOME FROM REDWOODSAll ultra runners may have as many people run to the finish with them from The Redwoods as they wish. These supporters run for free.

OVERVIEW

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NUMBER OF ATHLETESLow (20-30)XMassive (2000+)
COUNTRIES REPRESENTEDLow (1-2)XMassive (90+)
QUALITY OF ELITE FIELDNon-eliteXHighly competitive
DIVERSITY OF SCENERYAll the sameXExtremely varied
FRIENDLINESSGrumpyXWildly happy
TERRAINFlatXMountainous
TECHNICALITYNon-technicalXExtremely technical
ALTITUDELowXHigh
HEATFreezing coldXExtremely hot
HUMIDITYDryXExtremely humid
STAIRS AND STEPSNoneXAbundant
DANGEROUS WILDLIFENoneXFrequent
ACHIEVABLE FIRST-TIME ULTRAEasyXVirtually impossible
NUMBER OF AID STATIONSSelf supportedXFully catered
QUALITY OF AID STATIONSVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- VEGANVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- GLUTEN FREEVirtually nothing XEverything provided
-- HOT FOODVirtually nothingXEverything provided
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERSFew (20-30)XMany (2000+)
START LINENon existentXExcellent
FINISH LINE **Non existentXExcellent
EASE OF SPECTATING / CREWINGDifficultXVery easy
MOBILE TRACKING & LIVE UPDATESNoneXAll the time
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMESNoneXComprehensive
MEDICAL & SAFETYFinish line onlyXEntire course

* parking security, atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink.
** parking security, atmosphere, food and drink.

Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run. New Zealand fern

 

2020 COURSE

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 ultramarathon course.

The Tarawera 100 Miler takes a substantially different course to either of the 50km or 102km ultramarathon courses. The latter half of the 100 Miler course will share some trails in common with the Tarawera Ultra 102km courses.

We expect the winning athlete to complete the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run course in 15 hours or less. As a rough guide, this a little faster than Western States and much faster than UTMB.

 

2020 Tarawera 100 Mile Course Map

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Trace de trail file

 


LocationDistance from StartDistance from last aidDistance to next aidDistance to FinishCut off timeSpectatorsDrop bagsPacers
Start0013.6165.2YY
Puarenga13.613.69.1151.6Y
Green Lake22.79.17.9142.5
Buried Village30.67.915.3134.610:40amYY
Isthmus45.915.38.7119.3
Rerewhakaaitu (incl 1.7km on boat)54.68.77.5110.64:00pmYY
Okahu62.17.59.8103.1Y
Wihapi (Tonga)71.99.810.293.3
Puhipuhi82.110.211.883.1
Titoki93.911.89.871.3Y (bus)
Outlet103.79.87.661.52:30amY (bus)Y
Humphries111.37.69.653.9
Okataina120.99.616.444.36:20amYYY
Millar137.316.411.827.9
Blue Lake149.111.89.216.112:30pmYYY
Redwoods158.39.26.96.9YY
Finish165.26.9004:00pmYY

* All runners must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times.


QUALIFICATION FOR UTMB AND WESTERN STATES ENDURANCE RUN

The Tarawera 100 Miler is a qualifying race for the 2021 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 Miler is a qualifying race for UTMB. The race is worth 6 ITRA points.

 

 


QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

The following qualification standards are applicable to the 2020 event. They are not negotiable.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Runs that are on sealed roads or timed runs (e.g. 6, 12, 24 hr.) on a running track will not be accepted.
  5. Unofficial events (e.g. training runs) will not be accepted.
  6. 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.
  7. Race management reserve the right to reject any result deemed not meeting criteria 1-7.
  8. 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 where our standard refund policy would apply. Therefore, it would be wise to have completed your qualifying run prior to entering.


 

Jim Walmsley 2017 Tarawera Ultramarathon

 

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
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.

PARTICIPATION RULES
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.

COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT
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:
 
– Headlamp
– 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, at least 40mm wide
– 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.

Sally McRae Tarawera Falls

HEADLAMPS
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. Almost all 100 Mile runners will be running through Saturday/Sunday night and will need headlamps.

PACERS

Pacers are companion runners that can accompany a 100 Miler runner from various points. Please check the Aid Station table above for the Pacer pick-up locations. 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. Pacer(s) must attend Athlete Check-in to register with their athlete, and will be asked to sign the event waiver at this time.
  • Pacer numbers will be orange. This is so we know you are part of the event.
  • Pacers must carry their own set of mandatory clothing and equipment items to match that required by the runners.
  • Pacers cannot meet their runner before or after the designated start 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 an Aid Station).
  • If you plan to make an exchange, you must hand over your pacer number to the next pacer.
  • Pacers are responsible for their own transport.
  • There are no Pacers for 21km, 50km or 102km runners.
  • 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 or physical assistance to their runners.
  • In addition to formal Pacers, runners may be accompanied by friends and family (there is no limit on numbers) from the Redwoods to the finish. These people are not an official part of the race, but can provide moral support to their runner.

Pacer at the Tarawera Ultramarathon