Mandatory Gear Lists
The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event and in New Zealand's unpredictable weather systems. If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.
The course passes through remote trails, where protection from the elements and medical/support services could be some time/distance from athletes needing assistance. It is therefore imperative that the mandatory gear is carried at all times.
In order to reduce waste, we are a cupless event. Athletes are strongly advised to carry their own drinking cup, bottle or hydration vest that they can use at aid stations for the selection of drinks. We recommend you also carry water between aid stations. Optionally (but recommended) you should carry any gels or another form of calories with you between aid stations.
Do I need to carry ALL of the mandatory gear?
100 Miler athletes will be required to carry the full list of mandatory gear for their distance regardless of weather conditions on the day.
102km, 50km and 21km athletes will be advised at 12-noon Wednesday 10th February if all of the mandatory gear listed above must be carried on the day. Based on the expected weather and track conditions, you may not need it all, however we encourage you to plan to need to carry it all and practice this in your training.
INSPECTION OF MANDATORY GEAR
All mandatory gear must pass a pre-race inspection. This can either be done pre-event at an Official Gear Check Store, or at Athlete Check-in.
If you are unsure if your gear will pass the inspection, or if you wish to avoid the queues at Athlete Check-In, we recommend getting your gear checked in advance. This service is available at Macpac stores nationwide from 11 January 2021 until 5pm, 12 February 2021. If all of your items pass, the store will issue you a certificate for you to show us at Athlete Check-In. You will not need to bring your gear to Check-In, only the certificate. If you do not get your gear pre-checked, or if it fails the pre-check, you will need to bring your gear to Athlete Check-In for inspection.
For 102km, 50km and 21km athletes who choose to get their gear inspected at Athlete Check-In, you will only be required to present the items we advise are required at 12-noon Wednesday 10th February.
Athletes must carry the mandatory gear at all times during the race. No mandatory gear = no start! All athletes should be prepared for random spot checks, which may occur at any time during the race. Any infringement may result in disqualification or removal from the event.