|ENTRY FEE||View Entry fees|
|DISTANCE||51.4km with 1572m elevation gain|
|START LINE||Te Puia, Hemo Road, Tihiotonga, Rotorua. View start line map|
|BUSES||An optional shuttle bus is available for $6.00. Pick up from Lakefront Reserve between 6:00am and 6:30am. Dropping you at the start line at Te Puia. There is ample parking if you prefer to drive yourself to the start line. Book your shuttle bus from your MyEvents account|
|FINISH LINE||Lakefront Reserve, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua. Limited parking will be available on Lakefront Reserve. Alternatively, there is on-street parking on the surrounding street, which is $1/hour from 9am to noon on Saturday and free from noon until Monday morning|
|ENTRY INCLUSIONS||Athlete t-shirt, finisher medal, buffet aid stations, finish-line zone with refreshments, medical and safety support|
|MINIMUM AGE||Must be 18 years of age on race day|
|TOTAL ALLOWABLE TIME||14 hours|
|HARDEST CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED (min/km)||16:20/km|
|EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER||3 hours, 45 minutes (10:45am)|
|EXPECTED TIME FINAL FINISHER||14 hours (9:00pm)|
|TIMING RESULTS||Timing results will be based on net time and provided by the following age group categories for men and women: 18-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, 70+ years|
|PRIZES||All 50km finishers will receive a finisher medal. There will be a prize giving for the top 5 overall male and female finishers - see event schedule|
|UTMB||The 50km is a qualifying race for UTMB|
All information subject to change
The Tarawera Ultramarathon Bachcare 50km trail run is an achievable course for runners of all abilities. If you’ve completed a road marathon or a few half marathons, then this is the perfect step up. Once you experience trail running, you’ll never want to go back to the road!
Starting at Te Puia in the heart of Rotorua, the Bachcare 50km course takes you on a tour of Rotorua’s geothermal areas, lakes and forests.
The highlights include running alongside three stunning lakes - Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotorua, the towering redwoods, plenty of native forest single track, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point and finishing at the Lakefront Reserve in downtown Rotorua.
The course features a combination of trails and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes.
+1572m / -1588m
Single track 69%
Forest track 22%
Forest road 6%
|LOCATION||DISTANCE FROM START||DEPARTURE CUT-OFF TIME*||ACCESSIBLE TO SPECTATORS||DROP BAG LOCATION|
|LAKE TIKITAPU||35.3km||4:30pm, Saturday||Yes||Yes|
* Athletes must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times
Aid Stations are generously stocked with:
- Lollies (jetplanes, sours, jelly beans)
- Potato chips (chicken, salt & vinegar, ready salted)
- Sandwiches (peanut butter, honey, Marmite, jam and Nutella)
- Fruit (bananas, oranges, watermelon)
- PURE Sports Nutrition electrolyte drink (lemon and superfruit flavours)
- Fizzy: Coke, Mountain Dew, and ginger beer
The order of the Aid Station offerings will be:
Food > Fruit > Drinks
Please note we are a cupless event. In an effort to cut down on waste, we will have no drinking cups at aid stations. You will need to carry a cup or hydration pack with you. Limited stock of cups and hydrations packs will be available for sale at the event expo, but we encourage you to purchase one in advance and use it in your training.
Signs will be placed 200 metres before each Aid Station and exit signs will indicate the distance to the next Aid Station.
As per the race rules, outside assistance can only be given within 200m of Aid Stations.
A drop bag service is available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, lubricant etc) available at certain aid stations.
At Athlete Check-in you will be supplied drop bag labels. Attach the corresponding bag label to your bag/s (see Aid Station table above for locations where drop bags are available) and drop your bag/s at the designated area at Athlete Check-in before 9pm on Friday. Your start line drop bag is dropped on race day at the start line info tent.
- Drop bags must not contain any glass
- All liquids must be in secure containers
- We cannot move bags between aid stations for you, i.e you must provide a bag for each location where you wish to have personal supplies.
- Bags must be a soft, reasonable size. Please don’t pack the kitchen sink!
If you have a drop bag at an Aid Station you will be asked to move it from the ‘unused pile’ to the ‘used pile’ even if you did not use your drop bag. This allows us to transport your drop bag/s quickly back to the finish line and will help allow the drop bag tent to remain orderly for the benefit of athletes yet to arrive.
You will receive one ‘Authority to Collect’ card at Athlete Check-in. This entitles your support crew to collect your drop bag/s from the finish line on your behalf. No one other than you (with your race bib as identification) or supporters with an ‘Authority to Collect’ card will be able to collect drop bag/s.
Please do not use the drop bag service for any Aid Stations where your support crew will be attending.