74km Run

The 74km event is designed for people who want to go intrepid and do something a little different. You get to ride the boat out West and run to your hearts content. It starts at Kotukutuku Bay on the Western shores of the lake. Runners then head up a serious climb before travelling through private farmland (access is only available for this event), doing a gnarly section of gravel and tarseal bashing before heading onto the airstrip and down on to the wonderful Great Lakes K2K and W2K trails to the finishline at Whakaipo. 

Start time: 8am at Kotukutuku Bay only accesssible by boat 

Race Briefing: The race briefing for the 50km, 74km, and 100km events (including relay teams) will be held on Friday 6.00pm  and 8.00pm at the Wairakei Resort Taupo. Please ensure you attend one of the briefings 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.

Registration: Is available on Friday 11 October at the Wairakei Resort Taupo between 4pm and 9 pm. All 74 km runners must weigh in at registration and at the finishline.

Bus timetable: Buses leave from the finish at Whakaipo Bay at 5.30am. The buses will then drive to the Taupo Marina. Book your bus here. Please ensure you select the correct bus when purchasing online

Boat timetable: The boat to the 74 km start leaves the Taupo marina in the Taupo boat harbour, Reboubt Street Taupo at 6.15 am on the dot. The boat is part of your entry fee and you do not need to book it separately. 

Aid stations: There are nine aid stations for this event

Aid station 1 4.7 km
Aid station 2 9.6 km
Aid station 3 20.9 km
Aid station 4 27.1 km
Aid station 5 38.5 km
Aid station 6 47.9 km
Aid station 7 50.3 km
Aid station 8 55.9 km
Aid station 9 65.7 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

Lights: All 74 km runners/ walkers will need to have a light for the final 24k leg from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay if they leave the Kinloch Hall 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 at the Hingarae Road end (64.9km remaining)
  • 3pm at the Airstrip Whangamata road  (46 km remaining)
  • 7.30pm at the Kinloch Hall (24 km remaining)
  • 8.45pm at the begining of the headland loop (18 km remaining), (with an option to short cut the headland loop and carry on to Whakaipo Bay).

Compulsory gear: See the Health & Safety page

Dropbags: You do not need a support crew for this event.  Dropbags are available for all solo runners.

Drop bag 1 – Airstrip 27km Checkpoint
Drop bag 2 – Kinloch Hall 50km Checkpoint

Pacers: We encourage 74km entrants to have a pacer on the last section from Kinloch to the finish at Whakaipo Bay.

Spectators: Spectators can see their runners/walkers at the Hingarae road end, Puketapu road, Whangamata road (airstrip), Kinloch. 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.

74 kms statistics for the geeky people out there:

  • Elevation gain 2551
  • Elevation loss 2548
  • Single trail 65%
  • Offroad 18%
  • Road 17%

74km Course Map