Saturday 9 March 2013

Individual and team mountain running race covering
35.4km over the Southern Crossing of the Tararua Ranges

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The first Tararua Mountain Race was held in 1990. The next event, in March 2013 will be our 22nd.

The event is now well established, attracting runners from all over the country and more recently from overseas. Ownership and management of the race was transferred to a trust in 2011.

First time participants are required to enter as a team of two. This is a safety requirement as the weather is notoriously bad. In 22 years we have had 3 fine days, 16 wet and windy days and 3 very marginal days. The record of 4hrs 27min 20sec is a world class time, most being closer to the average time of 7.5 hours, which for 35 kms gives you an indication of the terrain.

How To Enter

Runners Entered

Terry Patterson - Allan Stowell with their medals.
The only two to have completed all 21 events.
Graeme Brown, Vision Media Manawatu

Our Principal Sponsors

Wellington Search and Rescue are our main sponsor. Members from the group donate their time and equipment to provide support for the race. In return, any surplus generated from the event is donated back to SAR.

Occasionally we may have a handful of prizes to give away, but that is not our focus. The time and effort of the organising committee is invested in competitor safety. On an average year there will be 50 of us involved on race day making the event happen for you.

Latest News

  1. Start line moved. Yes we are moving the start line, down to Kiwi Ranch. This enables us to carry out the registration and gear checking process indoors, without having to deal with the mudbath at the end of the road. It will add on a few extra minutes to the race - I will do some time trails to work out how much. A positive by-product is we can offer accomodation at the start-line to competitors and supporters as well. The facilities are basic - bunkrooms and shared bathrooms, but at $20, it is excellent value. Book the accomodation through your entry form.

    posted 7 September 2012

  2. The first entry received! Yay. Harley O'Hagan wins the prize for being the most organised.

    posted 3 September 2012

  3. The November 2011 event was successfull financially. We made a surplus. We had 84 entrants on the day, but we also had another 14 competitors from the postponed March who kindly donated their entry fee to the event. After keeping some money in the bank to set up the next event we manged to make a donation of $1,750 to the Wellington Search and Rescue Organisation. At an hourly rate this works out about 93c an hour!

    posted 30 August 2012