March 11, 2017Mountain Run
The Tararua Mountain Race is one of New Zealand’s oldest mountain races in the Tararua Ranges. The race traverses the Southern Crossing tramping route from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks, transforming this three-day hard tramp into a one-day trail run of epic proportions.
The 35km event is defined by the weather conditions. The Tararua Mountain Range is a notoriously changeable environment, with high winds and low cloud being common for a ten km section of the race when above the bush line. Extreme care is required.
Participants start the Southern Crossing in waves, depending on their estimated finish time, those aiming for a faster time start later in the morning.
In distance, the track is 35.4km and the total ascent is 2,250m. The total descent is 2,475m.