10 FEBRUARY, 2018: TARAWERA ULTRAMARATHON, NEW ZEALAND
You’re challenged to complete a course of 102K, 87K or 62K, that takes you around four lakes, through many forests, past waterfalls and some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
The spectacular course also leads runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
All three courses are low elevation, single tracks (trails) and wide trails through forests and narrow forestry roads. There are mainly gentle hills, short, steep hills and flat sections. There are a few stairs.
This is one of the most “runnable” trail ultra marathons in the world, with relaxed cut-offs (around 11:30min/km throughout), offering athletes of all abilities the opportunity to be part of the Ultra-trail World Tour.
In 2017 a total of 1400 runners participated, of which >50% were international athletes from 45 countries, including many of the world’s best trail ultra runners. In 2017 73% of the 102K racers crossed the finish line.
7 April 2018: ROTORUA FESTIVAL, NEW ZEALAND
Get out and be active in New Zealand’s great outdoors. Since its inception 15 years ago, the XTERRA Rotorua Festival has a variety of nine multisport events in and around Rotorua’s Blue Lake and Whakarewarewa Forest, amongst the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand.
People of all abilities can participate and walk or run 5.5km, 11km, 21km on trails in stunning forest scenery.
The Duathlon Long Course includes 26km MTB and 11km run.
There’s also a 26km mountain bike event for general fitness athletes with some mountain bike experience.
The Individuals Short Course is 500m swim, 12km MTB and 5.5km run for those who want a less-demanding experience. The mountain bike course has been designed so it is not technical and 90% on open dirt roads.
The Individuals Long Course includes 1km swim, 26km MTB and 11km run for multisport, triathlon, mountain biking and general fitness athletes of all abilities. The course is not for novice mountain bikers. You can enter as an individual or as a team.
More info: #RotoruaFestival
14-15 APRIL 2018: AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Marathon is a yearly held race in the capital of Australia since 1976. It is Australia’s most historic city marathon. The festival is held on a circuit around old Parliament house and beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Race distances are offered for all kind of runners starting from 5K.
The Australian Running Festival gives participants the opportunity to go ‘beyond the marathon’ and compete in a 50K Ultra Marathon. This option is popular with ultra runners seeking a fast course, marathon runners seeking to step up to ultra race and participants training for events like the Comrades Marathon.
The Ultra Marathon is a selection race for the IAU 50K World Trophy race and is certified with the IAU bronze label.
28 April 2018: SUNSHINE COAST TRAIL RUN FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA
An action-packed weekend with off-road events for the entire family including a 21k, 11k, 5k and FREE Kids Mud Rats Run.
Some of the most spectacular hinterland trails in Australia take you in and around beautiful Beerwah State Forest on the shores of Ewen Maddock Dam with the majority of the running through the rainforest. It includes rocky trails, creek crossings and single track to challenge and inspire trail runners of all ages and abilities.
Whether you’re a hardcore trail runner, a weekend warrior, someone who just loves getting outdoors, there’s something for everyone.
More info: #SunshineCoastTrailRunFestival
17-20 MAY 2018: ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA, NSW AUSTRALIA
The biggest trail running party in Australia (Katoomba) lasts 5 days and includes races for runners of all abilities. You can also learn about trails, gear, nutrition, training and race strategy during the expo workshops and presentations. A running festival for the whole family:
There’s the amazing and challenging 100K running course with spectacular views of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The tough and remote course with very little support, lots of stairs and an elevation gain of 4.300m, makes this race accessible for experienced trail runners only.
For less experienced ultra runners there’s a 50K race with 2.300m of elevation gain.
The Pace UTA22 with 1,200m of elevation gain over a distance of 22K, is a good start for new runners who’re curious about trail and ultra running.
Looking for a shorter distance? Enjoy the 2.5K dash through Katoomba town.
The Scenic World UTA951 is a 1K vertical race on the 951 Furber Stairs. A great challenge for your quads.
And last but not least there’s the Injinji 1K-4-Kids fun run. Each kid up to 12 years can take part and receives a medal and pair of Injinji socks.
Ultra-Trail Australia is a qualifier for The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). Finishers of the Ultra-Trail Australia will gain 5 qualifying points for the 100K and 3 qualifying points for the 50K.
27 JUNE-2 JULY 2018: BIG RED RUN, AUSTRALIA
Big Red Run is Australia’s first and only 250K multi-day race, a 7-day event in the Simpson Desert.
There’s also a 6-day 150km stage race. Ideal for those wanting to dip their toes into stage racing, and for trekkers and adventurous hikers. Both races start and finish in the iconic Birdsville Pub. You’ll enjoy outback adventure camping under the stars, and swapping tales around the campfire each night.
Run on and experience stunning red desert landscapes under the big blue sky.
The Big Red Run aims to raise substantial funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Money raised will help fund the best and most promising Type 1 Diabetes medical research to cure, treat and prevent this disease. Participants in the Big Red Run are required to achieve a minimum fundraising commitment of $1,000. You can fulfill this commitment by obtaining donations through Everyday Hero.
27 JULY 2018: ULTRA EASY 100, WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
Not to be taken lightly!
The Ultra Easy 100k Sky Run is a 100km loop, starting in Luggate, running the river trail to Albert Town, over Mt Iron, Roys Peak, Mt Alpha, Little Criffel and joining the marathon course to go over Mt Pisa – about 4700m of climbing and descending. –
The race starts early (3am) and has a 20hr cut-off.
The Ultra Easy Relay includes 5 legs:
15.1km with 388m elevation,
23km with 1700m elevation,
21.4km with 1500m elevation,
29km with 753 elevation (and 1800m decent!),
13.4km with 150m elevation.
The Big Easy Mountain Marathon is 42.2K starting at the Snow Farm 1500m above the Cardrona Valley.
You’ll run the gentle trails of the cross-country skiing trails then 9km of ‘up’ to the top of Mt Pisa then 21km of ‘down’ to the finish at Luggate. 1pm start; nice and relaxed:-)
The 12K river run starts at Luggate.
You’ll enjoy beautiful trails, following the Clutha river farm tracks.
Then lounge on the grass under the willow trees and support the longer distances as they come in!
13-14 OCTOBER 2018: HUME & HOVELL ULTRA, AUSTRALIA
Follow in the footsteps of explorers Hume & Hovell on their 1824 expedition to Port Phillip Bay.
You’ll run on the walking track that follows the historic route as closely as possible.
Distances you can choose from: 100M, 100K, 50K, 22K.
The start and finish is at Henry Angel Trackhead, ca 9km south from Tumbarumba on the Tooma Road. The track is a mixture of constructed walking track and fire trails.
The highest point is over 1200 meters in elevation, with lots of scenic natural attraction along the course, including Buddong Falls, Paddys River Dam, alpine snow gums, and Mannus Lake.
It’s a qualifying races for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB): 100 Mile-6 points, 100K-4 points, 50K-2 points.
20 OCTOBER 2018: TURTLE AND THE LAMB, AUSTRALIA
A day and night adventure on an awesome trail through stunning scenery in Dinden National Park, Queensland.
With three events to choose from, there’s something for everyone, from those just starting out to hardened mountain runners. A fun moonlit run and camping experience.
The 19K course is sure to test those up for a challenge and love some climbs.
The 6K course is certainly achievable but has plenty of tough parts.
The 3K course is a gentle climb.
20 OCTOBER 2018: THE BLACKALL 100, MAPLETON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
The fourth edition of this well-organized event is challenging and spectacular.
The beautiful course is well marked and the cut-off times are generous.
The 100K race gives you amazing views of the Sunshine Coast to the east, as the sun rises over the beautiful sunshine coast beaches. You’ll pass rock pools, cross footbridges while enjoying the bird sounds of the rainforest, run through the bush in the dark and take in breathtaking views of the falls.
During the 50K race you’ll have stunning views of the Mary Valley and Gheerulla falls.
The Blackall 100 has been recognized for its toughness and technical trail, being awarded the Australian National Long Course Championships and also becoming a Western States Endurance Run qualifying race.
Location: Mapleton National Park
Race date: 20 October 2018
Distance: 100K, 50K
Terrain: trail, mountain
Gain/loss: 100K: 3310m/3290m, 50K: 1500m/1500m
Time limit: 100K: 28hrs, 50K: 25hrs
Entry fee: 100K: A$340, 50K: A$250
Race info: Blackall 100
17 NOVEMBER 2018: AIR NEW ZEALAND QUEENSTOWN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
A scenic course on hard packed cycle trails between the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges.
Take in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region including Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself.
The 5th edition of this international running festival offers 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options.
Discover New Zealand’s most popular holiday destination and soak up the awe-inspiring mountains, pristine lakes and stunning countryside of the Queenstown Lakes District.
Race info: #QueenstownMarathon
1 DECEMBER 2018: GOAT ALPINE ADVENTURE RUN, NEW ZEALAND (date to be confirmed)
An exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. The course on the mountainous terrain with 1000m of cumulative elevation gain is measured at approx 20K. For safety reasons all participants need to complete the course in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
he Goat Tongariro traverses some awe-inspiring wilderness and we need to make sure nothing we do will damage or alter this natural habitat. The pristine streams and rivers within the World Heritage Park are the home of the rare NZ Whio (blue duck) and will be forever changed if freshwater pests like Didymo become established.
To compete in this event you must have clean gear before you start.
There will be a post event barbeque buffet dinner and Goat celebration after party at the Powderhorn which is legendary!
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