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This is a special trial walk or run through the northern Tararua ranges. You will experience challenging but rewarding undulating hills while taking in the breath taking views of wind turbines!

How to enter the North Range Trio

  1. Catchment Ultra

    Run 50km
    NZD $100
    Event passed
  2. North Range Traverse

    Run 25km
    NZD $60
    Event passed
  3. Hall Block Humdinger

    Run 12.5km
    NZD $30
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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.

Event Details

What’s Included

Early bird gift

As a token of our appreciation, every participant entering the Catchment Ultra, North Range Traverse or Hall Block Humdinger before midnight, Sunday 21 July 2019 will receive a free eye-catching custom design event headband! 2019 headband design to be announced.

Entering by the above date will also ensure that you get your name printed on your race bib.

Catchment Ultra and North Range Traverse Participants

Participants entering the Catchment Ultra or North Range Traverse will receive complimentary bus transport to the start of their respective events. Please indicate whether you intend making use of the free transport option when you enter.

Raceday Logistics

Event schedule

30 August

    5:00-8:00pm - Registration - Rendezvous Restaurant, Summerhill Shopping Centre, 194 Ruapehu Drive, Fitzherbert

31 August

    5:30am - Buses depart to the start of the Catchment Ultra - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    6:20am - Catchment Ultra compulsory race briefing- Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club
    6:30am - Start of the Catchment Ultra - Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club
    6:30-8:00am - Late registration – Traverse and Humdinger - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    8:15am - Buses depart to the start of the North Range Traverse Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    8:50am - North Range Traverse compulsory race briefing - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
    9:00am - Start of the North Range Traverse - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
    9:00-10:30am - Late registration – Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    10:50am - Hall Block Humdinger compulsory race briefing - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    11:00am - Start of the Hall Block Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
    11:30am - Catchment Ultra 25km cut-off - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
    2:30pm - Prize giving and spot prize draw - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

Kit List

Recommended/Compulsory Equipment

This is a winter event, and it is likely to be very cold on the mountain. Considering the changeability of NZ weather, this has the potential of resulting in quite extreme conditions up in the ranges. Please dress accordingly, and remember that the conditions up among the wind farms are always more extreme (colder, wetter, windier) than in town.

For the 2019 event we have opted to implement a limited compulsory gear list for participants in the Catchment Ultra and North Range Traverse events. (The compulsory gear is also highly recommended to those doing the Hall Block Humdinger.) We reserve the right to do gear spot checks at the start and during the event, and participants not carrying the specified gear risk disqualification.

Compulsory gear (Ultra and Traverse)

    Mobile phone
    Thermal long-sleeve top – wool or polypropylene
    Thermal hat – buff/beanie/balaclava acceptable
    Survival bag or survival blanket (silver/gold foil type)

Additional recommended gear:

    Waterproof and windproof jacket
    Thermal gloves – wool or polypropylene
    Emergency whistle
    Head torch (Catchment Ultra)*
    Personal medication as required
    Personal hydration and nutrition (Aid stations are provided, but should not be relied upon as your sole source of hydration and nutrition.)

It is the responsibility of each participant to utilise equipment that is suitable for the conditions on the day.

*Headlamps on the Catchment Ultra

Sunrise is about half an hour after the start of the Ultra, and part of the first 3kms is on a trail between trees so might be quite dark. As such carrying a head torch is highly recommended. Once on the open road, visibility should be fine. You are welcome to drop your headlamps at the first aid station from where it will be taken to the finish – just be sure to tag it for easy identification.

FAQs

Prizes

Prize giving will commence at Race HQ at the Ferry Reserve at 3:00pm.

Spot prizes will be drawn and presented at prize giving. You have to be present to be eligible for a spot prize.

Male and female winners in each event will receive a trophy.
Male and female category winners will be acknowledged in the following age categories:

    Junior (Under 18)
    Open (18-39)
    Veteran (40-49)
    Master (50-59)
    Grandmaster (60-69)
    Legend (70+)

Participant responsibility code

It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they have read and understand all the course, event and safety information pertaining to the event before entering. It is also the responsibility of the participant to ensure they are at an adequate level of fitness and competence to complete their chosen event. It is also the responsibility of the participant to ensure that all personal, contact, emergency and medical information provided during registration are true and accurate.

Rules

Participants must remain on the course and are not allowed to go off course routes. Should you wish to withdraw you must notify an event official e.g. marshal or aid station volunteer.

On completing the event you must cross the finish line to allow timing officials to capture your race number and record you as finishing.

Participants who require any personal medication or disability assistance devices while participating must carry those items.

As an official participant you must wear your race number on your front so it is visible at all times.

Age limits: Runners on the 50km Ultra must be 18 years of age or over, those on the 25km Traverse must be 15 or older, and while the 12.5km Humdinger has no age limit, participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please refrain from littering on the course.

Leave gates as you found them.

Do not cross any fences or closed gates, as this is not required anywhere on the route.

North Range Trio weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

16°C
Predicted highs
4°C
Predicted lows

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