How to enter the North Range Trio
- Run 50km
- Run 25km
- Run 12.5km
North Range Trio routes
The Catchment Ultra
The 50km Catchment Ultra starts at 6:30am. Participants in the Ultra will be transported by bus from Race HQ (Ferry Reserve, Ballance) to the start of your event at the top of Turitea Road.
The brand new route for for 2018 edition of the Catchment Ultra starts at the top of Turitea Road, traversing the popular Dam Block route to Greens Road from where it heads up to South Range Road via a private farm road. While it is less rough and technical than previously, the new course will test runners with a series of long, challenging hills. As reward for your efforts, there will be breathtaking views over the Manawatu and Tararua regions. The Catchment Ultra offers a unique opportunity to run along a private farm road as well as South Range Road – roads not accessible to the public at any other time of the year.
Running on top of the Tararuas next to the water catchment area on the undulating South Range Road and then through the windfarm on North Range Road (following the same route as the North Range Traverse for the last 25km), makes for a beautifully scenic run. The stunning vistas and easy terrain underfoot for most of the way, combine to offer a very enjoyable ultramarathon experience. Once you reach the woolshed on Hall Block Road, it is only another 5.5km of steep descent to the bottom of Hall Block Road, from where a short stretch along Gorge Road takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve. Relax and grab some sustenance while you wait for the afternoon prize giving.
Tilt Renewables North Range Traverse
The 25km North Range Traverse starts at 9am at the top end of North Range Road on the Pahiatua Track. Participants in the Traverse will be transported by bus from Race HQ (Ferry Reserve, Ballance) to the start of their event.
The 25km course is off-road on a well-formed road. The section between 3.5 and 11km is on a 4wd track and is likely to include muddy sections which may be slippery, so trail shoes will be an advantage. Starting at the top of Pahiatua Track, participants follow North Range Road through the Te Rere Hau and Tararua Windfarms. The first 3.5km is on a gradual incline until you reach the Te Rere Hau Windfarm offices. From there the course is mainly undulating over the Tararuas with stunning views over Manawatu and the Tararua District. Along the way, participants pass a fascinating range of different wind turbine designs. Once you reach the woolshed on Hall Block Road, it is only another 5.5km of steep descent to the bottom of Hall Block Road, from where a short stretch along Gorge Road takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve. Relax and grab some sustenance while you wait for the afternoon prize giving.
Hall Block Humdinger
The 12.5km Hall Block Humdinger starts at 11:00am at Race HQ, which is the Ferry Reserve, off SH3 on the Woodville side of the Manawatu Gorge. This is a challenging out-and-back course on a shingles road. Starting at the bottom of Hall Block Road, participants face a steady climb up to the woolshed, where you will be rewarded with a welcome aid station and some delicious home baking, with lovely views across the Tararua Wind farm, as well as distant views across the Tararua District. The turn-around is at the woolshed, from where the Humdinger transforms into a mad dash, as participants speed down a steep descent back to the bottom of Hall Block Road. From here a short final flat stretch along Gorge Road and across the Ballance Bridge takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve, where you can relax and enjoy some food while awaiting the afternoon prize giving. The relentless uphill and a knee jarring downhill will test even the toughest of runners and walkers.
North Range Trio weather forecast
Clear throughout the day.
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