First-timer friendly and set amongst the lush native bush and glistening lakes of Rotorua, the T50 is the ultimate introduction to the world of ultra-running.
Saturday 17th February 2024
Te Puia, Rotorua - 06:00
Max Allowed Race Time
The T50 trail run is an achievable course for runners of all abilities. If you’ve completed a road marathon or a few half marathons, then this is the perfect step up. With runnable trails, fully catered aid stations and stunning scenery all around, once you experience trail running, you’ll never want to go back!
|SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2024
|Race entry, athlete t-shirt, finisher medal, buffet aid stations, drop bag service, on-course medical support and assistance, course photography (able to purchase during entry or MyEvents account)
|An optional pre-race shuttle bus is available for $7.50. Pick up from Village Green on Tutanekai St between 5:00am and 5:45am. Dropping you at the start line at Te Puia. Limited parking is available at the start line, if you prefer to drive yourself. Book your shuttle bus from your MyEvents account
|18 years of age on race day
|All runners must carry mandatory gear during the race. Details are on the Mandatory Gear page
|TOTAL ALLOWABLE TIME
|CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED
|3hr 35min (9:35am)
|14hr 00min (8:20pm)
|Timing results will be based on net time and provided by the following age group categories for men and women: 18-19 years, 20-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80-84 years, 85+ years. Your age group will be determined by your age as at 31 December 2024
|AWARDS & PRIZES
|All T50 finishers will receive a finisher medal. There will be a prize giving for the top 5 overall male and female finishers - see event schedule
|UTMB World Series
The T50 is a UTMB World Series 50K Event. Finishers of T50 will receive 2 running stones
The T50 trail run is an achievable course for runners of all abilities. If you’ve completed a road marathon or a few half marathons, then this is the perfect step up. Once you experience trail running, you’ll never want to go back to the road!
Starting at Te Puia in the heart of Rotorua, the T50 course takes you on a tour of Rotorua’s geothermal areas, lakes and forests.
The highlights include running alongside three stunning lakes - Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotorua, the towering redwoods, plenty of native forest single track, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point and finishing at the Village Green in downtown Rotorua.
The course features a combination of trails and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes.
*Maps subject to change, and may changes for reasons outside of the Race Organisers control. Select the Time Charts tabs to view the cut-off times for leaving the relevant Aid Stations. Time Charts show estimated fastest and slowest times for each race leg and should be used as a guide only. Where the slowest times are greater than the cut-off time, the cut-off time will supersed the sloest expected estimates. If you miss the cut-off then you must follow the directions of officials. Please note that in bad weather conditions, cut-offs may need to be brought forward during the event.
KEY INFO FOR T50 RUNNERS
All the information you need to know before starting an extraordinary adventure.
The T50 has 5 aid stations along its route, with differing levels of service and supplies. The T50 aid stations offer you the opportunity to refuel, rehydrate, see your spectators and prepare for the next leg of your journey!
Read more about Aid Stations
A drop bag service will be available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, lubricant, etc.) available at the finish.
Read the rules on drop bags
T50 runners at Tarawera may have to carry mandatory gear. The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event. T50 runners will need to have their mandatory gear pre-checked.
Read Mandatory Gear rules
TRAINING ON COURSE
Parts of the T50 course are publically accessible throughout the year, offering the opportunity to train on course prior to raceday. However, parts of the course are on private land and cannot be accessed outside of race day.
Please take care and give way to members of the general public when training on course.
Read about Training & Nutrition
The T50 will start in 3 waves 10 minutes apart. These waves are self-seeded on race morning.
- Wave A - expected finish time under 7hrs
- Wave B - expected finish time between 7hrs and 8hrs
- Wave C - expected finish time more than 8hrs
Please join the wave that best fits you, and follow signage and direction of staff on race morning.
Your support crew can be a big part of your day at Tarawera Ultra-Trail by UTMB, and they're more than welcome to help get you through your Tarawera journey. Support crews can see you and assist you at specific aid stations, but may not assist you outside of these points. Assistance can include moral and verbal support, physical support, food and nutrition, hydration, and gear and equipment changes.
You should work with your support crew to formulate a detailed plan for them to assist you at various points on course. This includes estimating when you expect to arrive at supported aid stations, what support you might want at each, when they will need to meet you there and how they will get there.
Support crews, please note:
- Support crews can only assist their athletes at the Aid Stations indictaed with spectator access. This includes 200m either side of the Aid Station on course. Outside of these areas support crews cannot provide material support (physical, nutritional, gear or otherwise) to athletes on course.
- Please be courteous to other athletes and support crews at Aid Stations.
- If you intend to meet your support crew at an Aid Station, do not use the drop bag service for this Aid Station.
- Support crews have just as long a day as the athlete. Take the time and care to look after yourselves - plenty of food and water, dress for the conditions, and take the time to rest (sleep/naps encouraged) when you can between meeting points.
- Many roads that access Aid Stations are rural and narrow, windy roads. Please take care driving on these, particularly with increased traffic during the event.
- The actions of the support crew are the responsibility of the athlete. Any rules breached by crew will result in penalties or disqualification for the athlete.
T50 athletes may have a drop bag at the aid station locations specified in the below table.
|Distance from start
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
|Village Green (Finish Line)
In addition to the above, you may also drop a bag at the start line on race-morning which will be transported back to the finish venue. Please note that aid station drop bags must be dropped at the designated area at Athlete Check-In before 8:00pm Friday 16th February.