Frequently Asked Questions





1. Can I get a refund, transfer my entry to someone else or defer my entry to the the following year?
You can only get a refund if you withdraw before the stated refund date. There are no transfers, selling of entries or deferring entries to the next year. Please do not ask. Details…


2. Is this good preparation for the Tarawera Ultramarathon?
Yes, both the marathon and 50km distance are excellent preparation for the Tarawera Ultramarathon. In fact, expect to find that many Tarawera Ultra runners enter this event.


3. Is the event limited to hardcore marathon and ultramarathon runners?
Not at all. We welcome recreational walkers, especially family / whanau and fitness groups that are looking for a wonderful day-long adventure without the pressure of competition.


4. How can I find someone to train with for this event?
Put a shout-out on the event facebook page.


5. Can I train on the entire course?
Not quite. Te Puia (the race start) is a popular international visitor destination so you cannot go tearing through there in a normal day. Woodstock Farm (50km course only) is a private farm and is closed to the public. Everywhere else is open.


6. Will I need special trail running shoes?
No, they are recommended but not necessary. None of the course is too technical.


7. How can I check that I have entered?
You should have received a confirmation email. Check your spam folder just in case. We also have a start-list on our website (updated regularly).


8. Do I need to take my own food and drink?
No, we provide everything. If you have something special you’d like to eat or drink – by all means bring that with you. We do recommend that you carry drink between the aid stations – they are all 7km apart.


9. Can I have friend’s mountainbike along with me?
Not recommended, the trails may be congested and bikers and runners rarely travel at the same speed. No mountainbikes are allowed on the Tarawera Trail at all.


10. How can I volunteer?
Sign up here – it takes 2 minutes. We really love volunteers – seriously really love them!!


11. How can all the photos be free?
The event pays for all of them. It’s included in your entry fee.


12. What are some good recommended training runs and walks?
There are many amazing runs and walks in the The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.  The Rotorua Trail Runners Facebook Group has a many runners (of ALL) abilities who would love to show you around the forest for a short or long run, fast or slow.


13. Does the event go on the mountainbike tracks?
Some of the tracks are classified as dual-use. It means that bikers, runners and walkers use these same tracks.


14. Is this harder than the Rotorua Marathon?
Physically, yes. Mentally – no. Hell no. The terrain is so varied, scenic and spectacularly beautiful that you will never get bored. Unlike a road marathon – this is a true adventure!


15. Will this make my legs look good before Christmas?
Yes – we can guarantee this. The event will also improve your smile.


16. How to change my distance?  
This can be done during ‘Update Week’ which will be in the first week in October. Instructions will be given closer to the time.
You can also change your distance at registration on the Friday before race day. A $30 admin fee applies.


17. I do not know if I can do this?
That’s the whole point. This is not designed to be an event that you know with certainly you can finish. It is designed to be an adventure that will push many of you to run further than you have before. If you have completed a half marathon previously, you are well on track to finish any distance of the Tarawera marathon and 50k. If you have successfully completed an event like the Kepler Challenge, a half Ironman or Coast to Coast, this should be well within your grasp. You’ll still have to train diligently though.  If you have a history of tramping in the hills and have strong legs and endurance, you should be able to complete any of the ultra. distances, even with little running background.


18. Do I need headlamps?


19. Carrying water?
It is recommended (although not compulsory) to carry water between aid stations.