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South Island Ultra Marathon

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The South Island Ultra Marathon is an event for the endurance athletes to enjoy the spectacular beauty of West Coast New Zealand. This trail features lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, water races, swing bridges, small towns, forestry, wetlands, mountains and the sea! You will not be bored.

How to enter

Tickets available until Sat May 11 2019

What's included:

Race bib

Drink and food stations with electrolyte drinks, coke, lollies, and chips

Bag drop access

100k
Sat 11th May 2019

Run 100km

54k
Sat 11th May 2019

Run 54km

24k
Sat 11th May 2019

Run 24km

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Trail Description

Runners will experience Lakes, Reservoirs, Rivers, Streams, Water Races, Swing bridges, Bridges from Historic Tram Lines, A Western Town, Forestry, Wetlands, Board Walks Mountains and the Sea just to name a few things. This trail has been described by so many as the Most Scenic Mountain Bike Ride in New Zealand. Now you have the chance to run it.

This run is limited to 1,000 participants on the day, and will cater for the beginner through to the Elite Ultra Athlete looking to do their fastest time. The Trail is a Grade 2 Mountain Bike Ride and does give some good uphill climbs, with the finish a good downhill to the seafront finish in Hokitika.

3 Fantastic Runs on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, the 100km and 54km can be done as a Team of 2 or Individual. The 24km is an individual solo event.

Cut Off Times

These cut off times will be adhered to.

100km - 20 Hours - Averaging 12 minutes per kilometer

54km - 18 Hours - Averaging 21.6 minutes per kilometer

24km - 14 Hours - Averaging 36 minutes per kilometer

This clearly shows that the average fit walker/tramper on this trail can achieve within the cut offs of the 54km. A person will need to be doing some running to achieve the cut offs of the 100km. We encourage walkers to enter the events.

The cut off times are:

1:30pm - Cut off for all 100km runners at Old Christchurch Road

6:45pm - Cut off for all competitors at Canoe Cove Lake Kaniere

Midnight - Cut off for all competitors

Logistics and schedule

Bag Drop

Bag drops will be at the registration the day before the event by 6:00pm. These can then be sorted and taken to the Aid Stations specified by you.

The Drop Bags MUST be sealed and clearly marked with:

  • Name
  • Event
  • Race Number
  • Location for drop back to be taken too

Timetable

Friday 10th May 2019

1:00pm to 6:00pm - Race Pack Pick Up and compulsory gear check

Saturday 11th May 2019

3:00am - Bus leaves Hokitika i-Site for Greymouth Start 100km

3:50am - Race briefing

4:00am - 100km Race StartRace briefing

4:30am - Bus leaves Hokitika i-Site for 54km Start

4:30am - Bus leaves Greymouth i-Site for 54km Start

5:50am - 54km Race Briefing

8:15am - Bus leaves Greymouth i-Site for 24km Start

8:45am - Bus leaves Hokitika i-Site for 24km Start

9:50am - Race Brief

10:00am - 24km Race Start

1:30pm - Cut off for all 100km runners at Old Christchurch Road

6:45pm - Cut off for all competitors at Canoe Cove Lake Kaniere

Midnight - Cut off for all competitors

Sunday 12th May 2019

8:00am - Breakfasts at supporting Cafés and Hotels Hokitika

10:00am - Prize giving regent Theatre Hokitika

Spectators

With the 100km start there will be locations around Greymouth that you will be able to view competitors. There are other spots along the trail to the Taramakau Bridge. Please be careful when stopping or crossing the State Highway if you are encouraging competitors.

After the Taramakau River the next best place would be Kumara Main Street before they go back into the Bush and are out briefly at Loopline Road at the Reservoirs, then not until the Old Christchurch Road for 200 metres, then Lake Kaniere.

We request that spectators do not go up Milltown Road towards Cowboy Paradise as the runners will be running on the shingle road and there are a number of blind corners throughout this section of the run.

Then the best spot will be at the Finish on the Waterfront at Hokitika.

Volunteers

No volunteers required

How to get there

W Coast Wilderness Trail, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand

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Bus to Start

If you require a bus ticket to the start you can purchase this for $20.00

A Bus will run from Hokitika to Greymouth for the start of the 100km

A Bus will run from Hokitika and Greymouth to the start of the 54km

A Bus will run from Hokitika and Greymouth to the start of the 24km

Private vehicles for the start of the 54km is very limited due to parking in the surrounding area given the darkness and location. We recommend all participants do take the bus.

If your partner wants to see you start then they will have to make their own way to the start as the bus is only available for competitors.

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