Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear
The 2020 Tarawera Ultramarathon mandatory gear requirement for athletes in each race is listed below. Please remember that these are the MINIMUM gear requirements you must carry. If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it. Every runner should plan to carry drink and food between aid stations to suit the conditions.

All mandatory gear listed below will be inspected before athletes (and pacers for the 100 Mile race) can pick up their race bib. This can either be done pre-event at an Official Gear Check Store (any Macpac store in New Zealand or Australia) or at Athlete Check-in.

21km:
No mandatory gear required.

If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.

50km:
All 50km runners leaving the Blue Lake aid station after 6pm must carry the following mandatory gear for the rest of the race:

  • Base layer long sleeve thermal top
  • Thermal hat (buff accepted)

You can choose to carry this gear with you for the duration of the race or you can pick it up from your drop bag at the Blue Lake if you are there after 6pm.

If you do not have this gear with you when you exit the Blue Lake aid station after 6pm you will be withdrawn from the race.

If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.

Some runners in the 50km will require a headlamp to complete the race. We strongly advise you take one with you, as the forest trails are very dark at night!

102km: 
All runners leaving Okataina aid station after 4pm, or Blue Lake aid station after 8pm must carry the following mandatory gear for the rest of the race:

  • Base layer long sleeve thermal top
  • Thermal hat (buff accepted)
  • Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed + hooded)

You can choose to carry this gear with you for the duration of the race or pick it up from your drop bag at Okataina or Blue Lake aid stations.

If you do not have this gear with you when you exit Okataina aid station after 4pm or Blue lake aid station after 8pm you will be withdrawn from the race.

If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.

Many runners in the 102km will require a headlamp to complete the race. We strongly advise you take one with you, as the forest trails are very dark at night!

100 Miler:
All runners must carry all mandatory gear for the duration of the race:

  • Headlamp
  • Base layer long sleeve thermal top
  • Base layer long leg thermal pants
  • 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

Please remember that these are the MINIMUM gear requirements. If you would normally take something extra on a run of this duration, you should still take it.

INSPECTION OF MANDATORY ITEMS: If mandatory items are required for the race, you will need to have your gear inspected. This can either be done pre-event at an Official Gear Check Store, or at Athlete Check-in.

Anyone wishing to avoid queues at Athlete Check-in, or uncertain on whether their gear passes or not, should get their mandatory gear pre-checked at an Official Gear Check Store. Macpac stores across New Zealand and Australia will perform these pre-checks. If all your items pass, the store will issue you a certificate for you to show at Athlete Check-in. You will not need to bring your gear to Check-in, only the certificate. Pre-event gear checks will operate between 9am Friday 24th January and 5pm Friday 7th February. If you do not get your gear pre-checked, or it fails the pre-check, you will need to bring your gear to Athlete Check-in for inspection. A list of Macpac Official Gear Check Stores can be found here:

The Race Director may choose to randomly spot check a sample of competitor items on the morning of the event at the race start. At least one random inspection of one or more item(s) may be undertaken along the course for all competitors.

We do not provide drinking cups at aid stations, in order to reduce waste. Runners are strongly advised to carry their own drinking cup or bottle 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.