TRAIL TRILOGY 2017

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

55k INTRO ULTRA

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Are you looking to do your first Ultra-Marathon? This 100% off-road course offers a great opportunity to test yourself over an ultra distance, without hills, cars and tarmac.

Race from Thames’ Grahamstown Station to Waihi Station on this fast and flat course. You‘ll start by weaving your way through the coastal and urban trails of Thames then leave the ‘big city’ behind and head into the countryside on your way to Paeroa. Enjoy the 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 Criterion Bridge 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 just 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 three quarters of the into-ultra are essentially flat and the last third is slightly rolling with a couple of short pinches to test your endurance.

 

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RACE INFO
  DETAIL
 
 Distance
 55km
 Structure
 Run only for individuals and teams of up to 4 people.
 
 Event Cost
 INDIVIDUAL: Under 18 or with Student ID = $75. Open = $85. Senior (60+) = $75. TEAM: $120
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 Registration
 From 6.30am to 7.45am at the start line, Grahamstown Station, Thames.
 Late Registration
 NA
 
 Race Start Location
 Grahamstown Station, Thames.
 Be at the Start Line
 8.15am for pre-race briefing.
 
 Race Briefing
 8.15am at race start line, Grahamstown Station, Thames.
 Race Start Time
 8.30am
 
 Prizegiving
 3.00pm at Waihi Train Station. Wrigley Street.
 Toilets
 There are toilets at the start line and at the finish at Race HQ.
 
 Parking
 There is good parking near the start line.
  MAP

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 7 aid stations on the Intro Ultra course. Kopu (7.5km), Puriri (15km), Hikutaia (22.5km), Paeroa (34km), Karangahake Hall (41km), Waikino-Vic. Batt. (47km) and 5k from the finish at Waihi. They will provide water, some 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).


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.


CUT-OFF TIMES

There will be a mid-course cut-off point at the Paeroa aid station (34km) at 1.00pm, and the final cutoff at the finish line will be 4.00pm


RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST

  • Merino or polypropylene long sleeved base layer. We do not recommend cotton.
  • Waterproof seam-sealed jacket.
  • Polypropylene, fleece or merino beanie.
  • Cellphone with fully charged battery and Event Safety Manager’s phone number loaded - 021 476 310
  • First Aid Kit that includes your personal medications, e.g. asthma inhaler.
  • Survival bag or blanket.
  • Dry bag or ziplock bags to keep your 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.


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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