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.
|START||Waterhouse Street Bridge, Kawerau|
|START TIME||6:00am Saturday 9 February|
|FINISH||Government Gardens, Rotorua|
|INCLUSIONS||Wooden 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 INFO||All info is here|
|ENTRY LIMIT||1250 runners and walkers|
|COURSE||Point 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 HIGHLIGHTS||Haka 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 POINTS||Yes. Exact points to be confirmed.
|WESTERN STATES QUALIFIER||Yes, sub-17 hours.
|VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS||+3089m / -2843m|
|HARDEST CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED (MIN/KM)||14.04/km|
|EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER||2:00pm|
|EXPECTED TIME LAST FINISHER|
|Location||Distance from Start||Distance from last aid||Distance to next aid||Distance to Finish||Cut off time||Spectators||Drop bags|
|Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau||0||0||14.2||100.4||Y||Y|
|Tarawera Outlet||40.8||9.8||7.6||59.6||4:00pm||Y (bus)||Y|
|Okataina Lodge||58||9.6||16.4||42.4||8:00pm||Y (bus)||Y|
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)||86.2||11.8||9.2||14.2||2:30am||Y||Y|
|Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua||100.4||5||0||0||6:00am||Y||Y|
* 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).
|Aid Station location||Distance from Start||Distance from last Aid Station||Distance to next Aid Station||Distance to Finish|
|Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau||0||0||10.5||102.4|
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)||81.2||6.8||16.2||21.2|
|Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua||102.4||5||0||0|
|Location||Leader time of day||Slowest time of day||Cut off pace (mins/km)||Cut off hrs||Cut off time*||Spectators||Drop bags|
|Start: Firmin Field, Kawerau||6:00am||6:00am||0:14:04 (applies to all locations)||0:00||yes|
|Fisherman's Bridge||6:47am||8:27am||2:27||yes (bus)|
|Tarawera Outlet||9:05am||3:33pm||9:33||3:30pm||yes (bus)||yes|
|Okataina Lodge||10:23am||7:35pm||13:35||7:35pm||yes (bus)||yes|
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)||12:08pm||1:01am||19:01||1:00am||yes||yes|
|Finish: Government Gardens, Rotorua||2:00pm||6:00am||24:00||6:00am||yes||yes|
* All runners must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times.