This is certainly no ordinary 30km run, this is off-road heaven! You get to do it all but will miss out on the Bethells loop on private land.
You'll kick off your day from the Bethells Beach reserve, with a short substantial climb, you're on the way north along the Te Henga trail then proceed into enjoy the shade of the Goldies Bush / Mokoroa loop. This year the marathon course won't drop to stream level shortly after entering Goldies Loop, instead you'll descend into the bush along a gravel trail, cross the foot bridge and proceed anti-clock wise along the bush track to just before the Mokoroa Falls lookout. Here you'll descend the stairs to the river and follow downstream along tracks till you reach the foot bridge (crossing the river approx. 6 times) till you reach the foot bridge. Then its back along the Te Henga trail (easier going south than north) to the finish line at the event base, Bethells Beach reserve.
Total ascent over the 30km course - 1648m (vertical metres climbed).
Whether you are already entered, or entering on the day, please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time.
The 30km individual run event starts from Bethells Beach at 8:00am with a course briefing 10mins before the start time.
You will be following hanging plastic tape which is blue "Total Sport" words on it (attached to trees, posts etc) and our standard red arrows on a white backing. Where you reach an intersection where there is a decision to be made (generally based around the event option that you are doing), this will be clearly marked telling you which way to go - please stop for a moment at these points to ensure you are going the right way, let's not have you spoil your day for not having a quick look at these points!
When you reach an intersection do not cross any tape that may be laid on the ground at any time - this tape is laid out to stop you going in a particular direction. After you have passed an intersection you will again be following hanging tape and red arrows. These courses will be checked and rechecked on the morning of the event but it is important you keep your eyes open out there! The Te Henga Walkway is certainly not for the vertigo challenged. In places it is extremely steep and narrow, and remember you go both ways on it. Those not fazed by it will get to enjoy the absolutely stunning cliff top views - there will never be a boring moment on this track.
There is minimal road use regardless of your course option but do remember ALL ROADS ARE OPEN TO TRAFFIC so please obey all instructions from course marshals.
Given the rugged terrain on the course a cut-off time of 4.00pm will apply to all courses, this means you must be back on Te Henga walkway heading for home at 2pm.
Event marshals will be placed on all key points along the course. Tail end marshals' will follow the last participant in each field. Qualified medics will be based at Constable Road and the event base.
Over the 30km course you will see three aid stations:
- At approx 10km at the Constable Rd end of the Te Henga Walkway.
- At approx 15km in the Middle of the Goldies Bush loop at the Horseman Road entrance.
- At approx 20km at the Constable Road end of the Te Henga Walkway as you head for the homeward stretch along the Te Henga Walkway.
All aid stations will have LOADED electrolyte drink, water, bananas to help you along. It is important that all competitors treat these aid stations as a backup rather than a first option. You should come 100% prepared for your day out with enough food and water for the duration of your journey.
Pre entered entrants
Your race number and timing transponder can be picked up from the event base at the black registrations tent on the day.
On the day entrants
No problem if you want to turn up on the day and enter, we'll be ready for you.
Prices for this event are listed on the entry fees page, payment options include:
- Credit card
Your event race bags (with all your goodies) will be available on the finish line for you to pick up. Please see the registration tent after your run/walk.
If you'd like to shed a few layers before you set off on your run or walk the registration staff will have bag tags for you to label your gear which can be collected from the Gear Tent when you finish.
Depending on the weather/forecast for event day, a call will be made by event staff on Thursday as to whether we will be implementing the below options for the competitors in the 42.2km/30km/21.1km event. This will be communicated to you before race day, but plan to need it all, and leave out the un-required items if that call is made (Final decision to be made and communicated on event morning).
- Option 1: Nothing
- Option 2: Seam sealed jacket
- Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket
While some of this gear may seem excessive, we ask you to bring it for your safety. You may not need it while you are running or walking but if something happens and you have to stop you will need it. The event is on very exposed, rugged country and it can be very cold if you have to stay in one spot.