TRAIL TRILOGY 2017

6 TOWNS    5 START LINES    1 FINISH LINE    EVENTS    1 DAY OF FLAT OUT FUN

100k ULTRA

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Do you have a 100k Ultra-Marathon on your bucket list? Are you a seasoned Ultra runner looking for a PB? This fast, almost entirely off-road course offers a great opportunity to test yourself over the 100km ultra distance, without hills and traffic.

Race from Kaiaua on the beautiful Seabird Coast to Waihi Station on this fast and flat course. The new 48km Hauraki Rail Trail extension from Miranda to Kopu is open, and the 14km from the start at Kaiaua School to the trail head at Miranda is made up of a mixture of tarmac, footpath, gravel path and grass, including a cool section through the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve. Hopefully in 2018 the trail will be complete right through to Kaiaua and the course will be entirely off-road.


Pop on your headlamp, strap on your red tail light and follow the lead bike as you head out on the quiet country road and trails in the wee-small hours on your way to the first aid station at Miranda. From there it’s 100% trail as you mooch down to Waitakaruru then head east across the Firth to Pipiroa and on to Kopu. Enjoy the early morning tranquility of rural New Zealand and say hello to the grazing cows and horses before you arrive in downtown Paeroa. Negotiate the pathway through town to the aid station before you depart Paeroa and enter the most scenic and varied section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. The course runs alongside the Ohinemuri River, crossing bridges and passing through a 1km long train tunnel in the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. You’ll soon arrive at the Victoria Battery in Waikino then follow the beautiful river-side trail all the way to the finish line at Waihi Station. 


The course rises only 100m and that's nearly all in the last 15km before Waihi. The first 80% of the ultra is essentially flat and the last 20% is slightly rolling with a couple of short pinches to test your stamina.

 

ACCOMMODATION

The Miranda Holiday Park is just 10 minutes drive from the start line and is a great place to base yourself for this event. Don and Sue are kindly offering a 10% discount to all Trail Trilogy folks for the event and they have all sorts of accommodation options plus fantastic hot mineral pools! Ph: 07 867 3205. mirandaholidaypark.co.nz

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RACE INFO
  DETAIL
 
 Distance
 100km
 Structure
 Run only for individuals and teams of up to 4 people.
 
 Event Cost
 INDIVIDUAL: Under 18 or with Student ID = $85. Open = $100. Senior (60+) = FREE. TEAMS: $150
 
 Race Start Location
 Kaiaua School
 Toilets
 There are toilets at the start line, at Hikutaia, Paeroa, Waikino and at the finish at Race HQ.
 
 Parking
 Start line parking is in the Kaiaua School carpark.
  MAP
 Prizegiving
 3.00pm at Waihi Train Station. Wrigley Street.
 TWO START TIMES
There are two start times for this event, one for TORTOISES and one for HARES. It is important that you start at the appropriate time, so please estimate your pace and finish time and work out your appropriate start time. You should aim to arrive at the finish line between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Note also the Paeroa cutoff time and your Ultra prizegiving time. 
 
TORTOISES
START TIMES
 Tortoise Registration
 From 10.30pm to 11.30pm (Saturday night) at Kaiaua School
 Be at the Start Line
 11.45pm for pre-race briefing
 Race Briefing
 11.45pm at the race start line, Kaiaua School
 Race Start Time
 Midnight at Kaiaua School
HARES
 START TIMES
 Hare Registration
  From 10.30pm (Saturday night) to 2.30am at Kaiaua School
 Be at the Start Line
  2.45am for pre-race briefing
 Race Briefing
  2.45am at the race start line, Kaiaua School
 Race Start Time
  3.00am at Kaiaua School

MORE ABOUT YOUR RACE


TEAMS

  • There are Male, Female and Mixed teams categories (no age-groups).
  • A team can have up to 4 members.
  • A mixed team must have at least 1 female member.
  • Each team member can run as many or as few legs as they like, and you can choose your leg length.
  • The only stipulation is that your baton changeover is at an aid station. See note re AID STATIONS below.
  • Your timing transponder is your baton and it must be passed from one team member to another at an aid station.
  • Your transponder must be securely fastened to your ankle or the timing mat will not register your time.
  • There is a $50 charge for lost transponders - secure it firmly!

AID STATIONS

There are 10 aid stations on the Ultra Marathon course. They are at Miranda (14km), Waitakaruru (23km), Pipiroa (38km), Kopu (51km), Puriri (58km), Hikutaia (66km), Paeroa (77km), Karangahake Hall (83km), Victoria Battery - Waikino (90km) and 5k from the finish. They will provide water, fruit and Hammer Endurolytes Fizz. You can arrange for your support crew to meet you at any aid stations to supply you with your preferred hydration and nutrition (see course map).

Note that the aid station 5km from the finish is not accessible to race entrants or the public, so it is not a relay change point.


CUT-OFF TIMES

There will be cut-off points at the Kopu (50km) aid station at 9.30am, Paeroa (79km) aid station at 1.00pm, and the final cutoff at the finish line will be 4.00pm


MANDATORY GEAR LIST

Race timing transponder on your ankle and race number on your front.

Merino or polypropylene long sleeved base layer. We do not recommend cotton.

Waterproof seam-sealed jacket.

Polypropylene, fleece or merino beanie.

Headlamp with spare battery.

Red flashing rear tail lamp for the first roadside section in the dark.

Cellphone with fully charged battery and Event Safety Manager’s phone number loaded - 021 476 310

First Aid Kit that includes:

  • 1m x 2cm strapping tape.
  • 1.5m x 5cm crepe bandage.
  • Triangular bandage.
  • 10 Plasters.
  • 2 x 75mm x 75mm gauze swabs.
  • Pain relief medication.
  • Your personal medications, e.g. asthma inhaler.
  • Survival bag or blanket. We recommend a bag.


RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST

Dry bag or ziplock bags to keep your compulsory gear dry.

Water/electrolyte - you should carry at least 1 litre of water at all times.

Food - you should carry enough food to keep you sustained between your planned aid station stops.

Anti-chafe cream.

Blister repair kit.


PLEASE NOTE

Team Runners: ALL mandatory gear items must be carried by each team member while running until you get to the half-way checkpoint at Kopu. We recommend that your runners still carry their cellphone (with the tracking app on) for all the subsequent stages to the finish line

Solo Runners: ALL mandatory gear items must be carried the entire race, except the headlamp and tail lamp after sunrise.


NAVIGATION
You are responsible for your own navigation. You should take time to learn the course before you start your race. See course maps.


GEAR BAG DROP

If you have some gear you'd like to discard and leave at the start line, then pick up again at the finish line, that's cool. We'll have a gear drop area at the start line and we'll happily transport your stuff to the finish line/event HQ for you so you can wrap up warm again after your race. Be sure to clearly mark your gear bag so it doesn't get picked up by somebody else by mistake.


BUSES

There won't be buses taking competitors to the start line, you must make your own arrangements. Please try and car-pool where possible. You can do this via our Facebook page.

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