The 100km teams event is designed for people who want to do the full Monty with a group of mates.
The first leg (33km) will suit the endurance king or queen who is also happy to rise early and run with a headlight for a bit. It takes in the incredibly stunning Waihaha trail followed by some farmland and a gnarly gravel road bash to the change over station at the end of Hingarae road in the Bartons woolshed.
The Second leg (17km) will suit the school cross country champ who eats farmland, 4WD and roads for breakfast. This leg takes your runner across some raw remote farmland before spitting them out onto a 4-wheel drive followed by an unforgiving gravel track and a brutal tarsealed road section. This will take them into the changeover point at the airstrip on Whangamata Road.
The Third leg (26km) will suit the trail loving cruiser. It starts with a smooth flowing trail with lots of downhill into Kawakawa Bay, this is followed by a small climb and then a leisurely meander into the Kinloch Domain and the change over station.
The Fourth leg (24km) is clearly for the hill loving glory seeker to bring it home. If the rest of you are slow they might also run in the dark. This leg takes in the stunning W2K trail including the remote headland loop.
6am at Waihaha carpark on Western Bays Road, State Highway 32
The race briefing for the 74km, and 100km events (including relay teams) will be held on Friday 6.00pm and 8.00pm at the Taupo Events Centre. Please ensure you attend this briefing as it is compulsory! At the briefing we will go over all the logistics of the event as well as cover the all important health, safety and medical aspects of the event.
Friday 11th October at the Taupo Events Centre between 4pm and 9 pm.
Teams have two transport options:
The first runner gets the bus from either the Taupo isite (3.50am) or Whakaipo Bay finish line (4.30am) to the start line (see Transport) while everyone else sleeps in and then you meet the first runner at the first aid station or the end of the first leg.
All team members travel to the start in a car and then traverse around the course for the day.
All team changeovers are:
Accessible by car
Located at aid stations
At the cut-offs (which are the same as the solo event)
Driving instructions from Taupō to the changeover stations
Relay changeover point 1, end of Hingarae Road
Head out of Taupo to the Thermal Explorer Highway go across the control gate bridge and head up the hill for 1km. Turn left into Poihipi Road, travel along Poihipi Road for approx 27.1 km then turn left into Marotiri Road travel along Marotiri Road for approx 5km. Turn left into SH32 travel approx 19 km along SH32 until you reach the Hingarae Road, travel along Hingarae road for 5.3km. Turn left into the farm and follow signs to parking.
Relay changeover point 2
From Relay changeover point 1, head out of Hingarae Road to SH32 turn right onto SH32 drive along SH32 for 10.2 km, then turn right into Whangamata Road, travel along Whangamata Road for 10.2kms until you see race signs for the 50 km start. Please take care on Whangamata road as there will be runners and traffic and this is a narrow winding road.
Relay changeover point 3
Turn right out of the driveway into Whangamata Road. Drive 9.8km before turning right into Kinloch road (follow signs to Kinloch) after 2.1 km turn right to stay on Kinloch Road, turn left into the Domain carpark
(These are suggestions only, please consult a map for specific directions.)
Please see Health & Safety page.
|Aid station 1||13.1 km|
|Aid station 2||27.9 km|
|Aid station 3||33.0 km|
|Aid station 4||44.3 km|
|Aid station 5||50.5 km|
|Aid station 6||61.9 km|
|Aid station 7||71.3 km|
|Aid station 8||77.2 km|
|Aid station 9||82.8 km|
|Aid station 10||92.6 km|
The Aid Stations are stocked with lollies, gingernuts, chips, pretzels, sandwiches (peanut butter or vegemite) bananas and oranges, water, electrolyte drink and coke. Fluid will be available in cups and water containers to enable competitors to fill up drink bottles or bladders. Aid stations are clearly marked on the course maps. (distances approx).
Sandwiches & Oranges will not be available at the final two aid stations (headland)
In an effort to reduce our footprint, we ask that you please bring either a reusable cup, drink bottle or hydration bladder to limit the use of disposable cups
All 100 km runners will need to have a light for the final 24k leg from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay if they enter that trail after 2:30pm. So either have lights on you, or put your light in your last drop bag for pick up at Kinloch.
Cut off times
This is the time you must LEAVE the aid station – not arrive.
11.30am: Hingarae Road end (68.5k remaining)
3.00pm: At the airstrip on Whangamata Road (50.9k remaining)
7.30pm: Kinloch Domain for 100km runners (24k remaining)
8.45pm: Beginning of Headland loop (18k remaining), (with an option to short cut the headland and head directly to Whakaipo)
Dropbag services are not available for relay teams
Spectators can see their runners/walkers at the Waihaha Road end, Hingarae road end, Puketapu Road, Whangamata road (airstrip), Kinloch (see map) Those active spectators who want to cheer on their runners near the finish should meet them at the style at the end of the gravel road at the end of Whakaipo bay and run along the road to the finish with them.
Elevation gain 3546
Elevation loss 3677
Single trail 75%
*Elevations sourced from Google Earth. The final event maps, distances and elevations are subject to changes as we finalise the course details and logistics.
%'s are approximate
Single trail = bliss!
Offroad = 4WD trails or farm
Road = gravel or sealed road