Tarawera 102k

The Tarawera 102k is one of the largest, most competitive and international trail running ultra races in the world. Part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour. It is the most international running race in New Zealand with more than 40 countries represented in this race alone and more than half of the field from outside of New Zealand.

The 102k is everything that trail ultra running should be – fun, competitive, challenging, scenic, friendly and inspiring.  

 

STARTWaterhouse Street Bridge, Kawerau
START TIME6:00am Saturday 9 February
FINISHGovernment Gardens, Rotorua
DISTANCE100.4km
INCLUSIONSWooden engraved finishers medal for all, technical race shirt, bus to start, buffet aid stations, free hotpools at finish, finish-line zone with refreshments and craft beer (18 years+), custom race bibs, medical and safety support and finish-line hugs.
ENTRY INFOAll info is here
ENTRY LIMIT1250 runners and walkers
AID STATIONS8
COURSEPoint to point. Combination of trails and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes. A very similar course to 2018, but with possibly 1km less distance.

Single track 60% | forest track minor forest route 23% | farm/park 5% | forest road 7% | public road 5%
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTSHaka at startline, the solitude of the Tarawera Forest, waterfalls on the Tarawera Falls track, twists and turns on the Eastern Okataina track, towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point, run along five lakes, finish at historic Government Gardens, Rotorua.
EXTRA FEATURES Race #2 of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, the most international running race in New Zealand, one of the most competitive trail ultras in the world.
UTMB / ITRA POINTSYes. Exact points to be confirmed.
WESTERN STATES QUALIFIERYes, sub-17 hours.
VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS+3089m / -2843m
HARDEST CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED (MIN/KM)14.04/km
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER2:00pm
EXPECTED TIME LAST FINISHER
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6:00am Sunday

 


LocationDistance from StartDistance from last aidDistance to next aidDistance to FinishCut off timeSpectatorsDrop bags
Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau0014.2100.4YY
Mangawhio14.214.216.886.2Y (bus)
Titoki3116.89.869.41:30pmY (bus)
Tarawera Outlet40.89.87.659.64:00pmY (bus)Y
Humphries Bay48.47.69.652N
Okataina Lodge589.616.442.48:00pmY (bus)Y
Millar Road74.416.411.826N
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)86.211.89.214.22:30amYY
Redwoods95.49.255Y
Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua100.45006:00amYY

 

* You can self drive to the start-line in Kawerau or take an event bus. The bus (free for runners) will depart from the Rotorua Museum from 4.00am to 4.40am on race morning.

2019 Tarawera 102k Course Map. A high res. PDF suitable for printing is here (large PDF file).

Tarawera Ultramarathon 102km course

Tarawera Ultramarathon 102km course

 

Tarawera 102k elevation profile

Tarawera 102k elevation profile

.gpx  and .kml files for download | Trace de Trail | Elevation Profile (PDF)

 


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

 

LocationLeader time of daySlowest time of dayCut off pace (mins/km)Cut off hrsCut off time*SpectatorsDrop bags
Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau6:00am6:00am0:14:04 (applies to all locations)0:00yes
Fisherman's Bridge6:47am8:27am2:27yes (bus)
Titoki7:58am12:05pm6:0512:05pmyes (bus)
Tarawera Falls8:41am2:19pm8:19
Tarawera Outlet9:05am3:33pm9:333:30pmyes (bus)yes
Humphries Bay9:39am5:20pm11:20
Okataina Lodge10:23am7:35pm13:357:35pmyes (bus)yes
Millar Road11:37am11:26am17:26
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)12:08pm1:01am19:011:00amyesyes
Redwoods1:22pm4:49am22:49yesyes
Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua2:00pm6:00am24:006:00amyesyes

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