*IMPORTANT information regarding Tarawera Forest access for 102km and 100 Miler spectators and runners*

**IMPORTANT information regarding Tarawera Forest access for 102km and 100 Miler spectators and runners**

Due to a long period of hot, dry weather, the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) General Fire Risk Index for the Tarawera Forest is now rated Extreme. There is no forecast respite from these conditions between now and race day.

As such, the Tarawera Ultramarathon has been advised by the Forest Managers that the Tarawera Forest will be CLOSED from today (Tuesday 4th February) to all public, spectators, media and to all non-race essential vehicles on race day. The races will proceed on the planned courses, but only the runners, our essential race team and medics are allowed in the forest via permit.

Please know that your safety is our highest priority, and while closure of the forest to the public is a necessary step, the risk to our athletes and staff remains extremely low.

What this means for you:

21km and 50km: There are no changes to your event or spectator access

102km runners:

  • The following aid stations will now NOT be accessible to your crew or spectators on race day: Mangawhio (14km), Titoki (31km) and The Outlet (41km). Please see attached map
  • Spectators & support crew can still see you at the start line, then at Okataina (58km), Blue Lake (86.2km), Redwoods (95.4km) and the Finish.
  • We strongly advise that every 102km runner prepare a drop bag for The Outlet (41km), as you will not have supporters to provide you any personal items you may want or need for the first 58km of the race.
  • All aid stations across the course will still be fully stocked with all aid station food and supplies.
  • Be prepared for running conditions to be hot.
  • We have a comprehensive fire risk management system in place to ensure the safety of all runners and staff.
  • If you have purchased bus tickets for the Tarawera Forest, they will be automatically refunded to you within 10 days.
  • Alternative things for spectators to do while waiting for their runner: rest, swim and check out the sights of the Rotorua lakes!

 

100 Mile runners:

  • The following aid stations will now NOT be accessible to your crew or spectators on race day: Titoki (94km) and The Outlet (104km) – see attached map
  • Spectators & support crew can still see you at the start line, then at Puarenga (14km), Buried Village (31km), Rerewhakaaitu (55km), Okahu (62km), Okataina (121km), Blue Lake (149km), Redwoods (158km) and the Finish.
  • We strongly advise that every 100 Mile runner prepare a drop bag for The Outlet, as you will not have supporters to provide you any personal items you may want or need from Okahu (62km) to Okataina (121km), a distance of 59km.
  • All aid stations across the course will still be fully stocked with all aid station food and supplies
  • Be prepared for running conditions to be hot.
  • We have a comprehensive fire risk management system in place to ensure the safety of all runners and staff
  • If you have purchased bus tickets for the Tarawera Forest, they will be automatically refunded to you within 10 days.
  • Alternative things for spectators to do while waiting for their runner: have a swim and get some rest, crewing a 100Mile runner is tiring work!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at taraweraultra@ironman.com or phone +64 9 601 9590.

 

 

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