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Tarawera Ultra-Trail by UTMB takes place on sacred lands and on trails full of heart, stories and connection. From the early days of the event with a few hundred runners, to becoming one of the world's Premier Ultra-Trail races, the story of Tarawera is rooted in manaaki, community and respect for the people, places and culture it is fortunate enough to take in.

The warm energy of the land connects the community to experience trails full of manaaki, and leave with their hearts full. Trails full of heart represents the giving nature of our event - the trails that are full of warmth, the warm and welcoming community full of aroha, and the reason that this event has become known as the big friendly. It represents the heart, courage and ihi that it takes to stand on our start lines and undertake something incredible. It represents the eight beating hearts of Te Arawa, the mana whenua of the lands we're fortunate enough to pass over. Come to Tarawera to experience trails full of manaaki and leave with your heart full.