The ultimate journey, taking you over sacred lands and through breathtaking scenery - come and experience our trails full of heart.
Saturday 17th February 2024
Firmin Field, Kawerau - 04:00
Max Allowed Race Time
A true test of mind and body, the Tarawera Miler takes runners on a journey like no other. Past 8 stunning lakes, through endless forests and native bush, and around the mighty Mt Tarawera, this is a journey not only over land, but within. Supported with endless aid stations, pacers and the Tarawera community, and finishing with the sacred pounamu toki finisher gift, it's a Miler quite like no other.
|SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2024
|Completing a TMiler is a physically and mentally challenging event, and participation in it requires significant training and preparation. For your health and safety, we require evidence of your ability to take part by meeting eligibility criteria
|Race entry, athlete t-shirt, pounamu pendant (carved from New Zealand jade stone), buffet aid stations, drop bag service, on-course medical support and assistance, course photography (able to purchase during entry or MyEvents account)
|16 February, 11:00am OR 4:00pm, at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre, Rotorua. Note: Pacers are not required to attend
|An optional pre-race shuttle bus is available for $12.50. Pick up from Village Green on Tutanekai St between 2:00am and 2:30am. Dropping you at the start line at Firmin Field, Kawerau. Limited parking is available at the start line, if you prefer to drive yourself. Book your shuttle bus from your MyEvents account
|All runners must carry mandatory gear during the race. Details are on the Mandatory Gear page
|18 years of age on race day
|TOTAL ALLOWABLE TIME
|CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED
|15hr 00min (7:00pm)
|36hr 00min (4:00pm, Sunday)
|Timing results will be based on gun 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 TMiler finishers will receive a highly-prized and exclusive pounamu (carved from New Zealand jade stone) pendant. There will be a prize giving for the top 5 overall male and female finishers - see event schedule
|UTMB World Series
The TMiler is a UTMB Worlds Series 100M Event. Finishers of TMiler will receive 4 running stones
The TMiler is one of the most scenic 100 mile runs in the world.
Starting at Firmin Field, the 100 Mile course takes you on a journey across the most spectacular landscapes the region has to offer.
The highlights include running along eight different lakes, the solitude of the Tarawera Forest, a boat ride across Lake Rotomahana, the waterfalls on the Tarawera Falls track, running through the archaeological site of Buried Village, the towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point and finishing at the Village Green in downtown Rotorua.
The terrain consists of mostly narrow single track trails, wide trails, forestry and sealed roads.
*Maps subject to change, and may change for reasons outside of the Race Organisers control. Select the Time Charts tabs to view the cut-off times for leaving the relevant Aid Station. Time Charts show estimated fastest and slowest times for each race leg and should be used a a guide only. Where the slowest times are greater than the cut-off time, the cut-off time will supersede the slowest 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 TMILER RUNNERS
All the information you need to know before starting an extraordinary adventure.
The TMiler has 13 Aid Stations along its route, with differing levels of service, support crew access and supplies. The TMiler aid stations offer you the opportunity to refuel, rehydrate, see your support crew 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 certain aid stations or at the finish. Please see the time charts above for information on which checkpoints have drop bags.
Read the rules on drop bags
Every TMiler runner at Tarawera will have to carry mandatory gear. The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event. For TMiler runners, your gear will need to be checked pre-race.
Read Mandatory Gear rules
TRAINING ON COURSE
Some sections of the Tarawera course is publically accessible throughout the year, offering the opportunity to train on course prior to race day. However, some sections of course, including the Tarawera Forest, are private land, and must not be used for training at any times.
Read about Training & Nutrition
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.
Pacers are companion runners that can accompany a TMiler athlete from various points. You can view pacer pickup locations in the table below. Pacers run for free but must be registered online no later than 11 February 2024. A link to register can be found on the athlete's registration confirmation email. The Pacer's role is to accompany their athlete, to provide moral support, pacing advice and companionship in the latter stages of the event.
There are strict rules regarding pacing:
- Pacers MUST register themselves online as they will be required to sign a waiver.
- All Pacers must wear a compulsory race bib number. Pacer(s) must attend Athlete Check-in to collect their bib.
- The minimum age for Pacers is 18 years old.
- Pacer numbers will be black/white and match the number of your athlete. This is so we know you are part of the event.
- Pacers must carry their own set of mandatory clothing and equipment items to match that required by the TMiler athletes.
- Pacers cannot meet their athlete before or after the designated start locations or at intermediate points. Doing so results in disqualification.
- Competitors can use two Pacers – but only one at a time (they must change over at an Aid Station).
- If you plan to make an exchange, you must hand over your pacer number to the next pacer.
- Pacers are responsible for their own transport, but must use an event bus if accessing Okataina
- There are no Pacers for T21, T50 or T102 athletes.
- Pacers may not carry extra water, food or equipment for athletes.
- With the exception of an emergency or medical situation, Pacers cannot provide any material or physical assistance to their athletes.
PACER PICK UP LOCATIONS
You may pick up a pacer from Okataina onwards. The pacer may run with you for as long as they wish until the end of the race.
Pacers can switch over at any Aid Station as designated below:
|Distance from start
|Pacer Meeting/Change Over Point
|Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
TMiler 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.