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Old Ghost Ultra in the West Coast

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February 25, 2017

Offroad  Ultradistance
South Island, New Zealand
Omnibus Creek Road Gimmerburn Otago 9395 NZ

The Old Ghost Ultra Marathon is run entirely on The Old Ghost Rd, New Zealand’s newest and longest continuous single-track, located near Westport on the West Coast of the South Island.

Touted as an ultra-marathon to ‘test the best’, competitors will face more than 2600 metres of cumulative elevation gain and will have 17 hours to complete the course, with the fastest expected to finish in as little as 8 to 9 hours.

The Old Ghost Ultra is a collaboration between Top of the South Events Ltd (ToSE) and the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust.

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The annual Northburn Station 100 Miler, 100km and 50km annual mountain run is in Cromwell, Central Otago, and is “bloody hard” according to the event organisers.

Lisa Tamati has teamed up with Tom Pinckney, the owner of Northburn Station, Glen Christiansen, the main driving force behind tourism at Cromwell, and Terry Davis, a race director with many years of organising and competing in 24 hour endurance events, to create this event.

There is also a morning half marathon, night 5km and 10km runs, and a kids 1.5km adventure run.

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The MT Outdoors Southern Lakes Half Marathon and is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town.

The half marathon course goes down the Cardrona Valley starting from just below the Cardorna Ski Field entrance (parking will be in adjacent field) finishing on Pembroke Park in the middle of town. The 10km course also starts on Cardrona Valley Rd with a straight run home to Pembroke park.

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The Wanaka Sun Marathon Event is an off road sporting event held in April each year and is a great time to experience the autumn colours that really light up the river and forest trails.

The Marathon, 10km & 5km events all start at the Albert Town Tavern on the outskirts of Wanaka. All are loop courses and are run over well groomed trails that meander alongside the beautifully scenic Cluther River.

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Motatapu is an annual event including the Skoda Mountain Bike, Off-Road Marathon, Miners Trail, UDC Finance XTERRA Triathlon and Ultra Run.

Event types: Run/Walk | Bike/Duathlon | Triathlon

Each year for one day only the pristine trails of the Motatapu welcomes thousands of all-comers to experience one of New Zealand’s favourite off-road sporting events. Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, you’ll race through some of the most stunning high country terrain in New Zealand, with five different events to choose from depending on your appetite for scenery or suffering!

It’s a bucket-list off-road event for everyone from elite athletes to have-a-crack characters. A hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe. Your chance – for one day only – to experience the legend that is the Motatapu.

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The Lake Hayes Triathlon is New Zealand’s oldest surviving triathlon, first held in 1983, and is currently held twice annually at Easter & Christmas and includes a 5km and 10km standalone trail run.

This triathlon has been a cornerstone of much larger events in the New Zealand triathlon calendar, in the past doubling as the New Zealand national championships, the Oceania Championships, and the World Championships.

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The inaugural Orokonui Challenge is an 18.5km run and 11km walk at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Waitati, Dunedin.

The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.

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The inaugural Orokonui Challenge on Saturday 22 April is an 18.5km race and an 11km walk organised by Orokonui Ecosanctuary. All proceeds from the event will support our takahe and kaka conservation work.

The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.

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ome and explore the beautiful network of tracks in the Flagstaff-Nicols Creek area, just to the north of Dunedin at the Glow Worms 3 hour rogaine.

There is nearly 600 metres of elevation range in the event area. Below 500 m the area is mainly native bush with some nice creeks and grassy clearings, as well as a small amount of parkland/streets. Above 500 m the area is a mix of open scrub/long grass/tussock with some excellent views over Dunedin.

Tracks range from well-formed vehicle tracks and footpaths (e.g. the well-known Pineapple Track) to minor and infrequently used routes. To the east of Nicols Creek is a popular gravelled mountain bike track (Nicols Track) that snakes it way up towards the Flagstaff-Swampy ridge.

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The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run and Walk at the Ashburton Domain is one several events across New Zealand, supporting the Heart Foundation.

Why not hit the streets and run, walk or have a leisurely stroll with your mum, daughter, sister or a group of girlfriends this Mother’s Day? It will be a wonderful way to start the day and you’ll be doing your bit to beat heart disease and keep more families together.

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The Three Peaks Mountain Running Race in Dunedin is a 26km off road mountain race and a 11km mountain walk and run, organised by the Leith Harrier and Athletic Club.

Run in the hills that surround Dunedin City (Flagstaff, Swampy and Cargill), the 26km mountain race offers some of the most scenic views of Dunedin City as well as the Silver Peak mountain range.

The event also includes an 11km recreational mountain walk and a “Race the Summit” 11km along the same walk route.

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The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run and Walk at the Ashburton Domain is one several events across New Zealand, supporting the Heart Foundation.

Why not hit the streets and run, walk or have a leisurely stroll with your mum, daughter, sister or a group of girlfriends this Mother’s Day? It will be a wonderful way to start the day and you’ll be doing your bit to beat heart disease and keep more families together.

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The Torpedo 7 Otago Peninsula Challenge has 23km and 8.3km runs, 16km and 8.3km walks, as well as some mountain bike events (the MTB events are not covered here on this running calendar website).

Please note the details on this page are based on the previous event and are subject to change. We will update this listing as more information comes to hand about the current event.

The event is brought to you by the Otago Peninsula Lions, in conjunction with Mountain Biking Otago and Athletics Otago.

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The Routeburn Classic is an annual 32km off road adventure run on the Routeburn Track in Fiordland, New Zealand. It is limited to 350 entrants only and is is a point to point off road course starting at Milford Rd and ending at Routeburn Shelter.

Set in a New Zealand National Park and inside a World Heritage Area in Fiordland on the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, the event encompasses changing terrain from lush native bush to an exposed alpine environment. There are some aggressive up hill climbs and a challenging technical down hill. The track for the most part is technical in nature with rocks and tree roots all a part of the challenge. The descent back to native forest follows river and waterfalls to the finish line.

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