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TTM50k QUICK FACTS 

– The TTM50k starts at Te Puia’s Pohutu Geyser and finishes at Hot Water Beach
– The Tikitapu Trail Run starts Te Puia’s Pohutu Geyser and finishes at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
– Point-to-point run • Race past five lakes
– Distance: 50km, 42km, 22km, 16km
– Elevation: 50km: +1720m, -1710m / 42km: +1545m, -1545m / 23km: +927m, -795m / 16km: +416m, -288m
– Race day: Saturday 12 November. Five start waves in 30 minute intervals from 6.30am
– Third annual event
– 2016 entry numbers: 1260 (as at 13 September 2016) 2015 final numbers: 1000, 2014 final numbers: 200.
– More than 120 international athletes from a dozen countries.
– Named one of the top 6 trail runs in the world. The Guardian, UK.
-The 50km run is the most popular discipline and distance.

TTM50K DESCRIPTIONS

Short description
Combining Rotorua’s remarkable scenery with Māori cultural heritage, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km is a spectacular point-to-point course from geyser to volcano. Starting at Te Puia’s world-famous Pohutu Geyser and finishing at Lake Tarawera’s Hot Water Beach, the event retraces one of New Zealand’s most important historical routes, and in 2016, the stunning Tikitapu Trail Run has been added to the event with 16km and 23km options.

Medium description
Take Rotorua’s remarkable scenery, add a cultural heritage that’s been nurtured for hundreds of years, drop in over 1000 local and international runners, and you’ve got a trail running experience like no other. Starting at Te Puia’s world-famous Pohutu Geyser shooting 30 metres into the air, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km begins with a traditional Māori kapa haka performance to ignite fire in the belly. A spectacular point-to-point race from geyser to volcano, runners trace one of New Zealand’s most important historical routes while capturing views of five lakes on their way the finish line at Lake Tarawera’s Hot Water Beach. In 2016, the equally stunning Tikitapu Trail Run was added to the event with 16km and 23km options finishing at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake).

Long description
Take Rotorua’s remarkable scenery, add a cultural heritage that’s been nurtured for hundreds of years, drop in over 1000 local and international runners, and you’ve got a trail running experience like no other. Starting at Te Puia’s world-famous Pohutu Geyser, shooting 30 metres into the air, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km and the recently added Tikitapu Trail Run, with 16km and 23km options, begins with a traditional Māori kapa haka performance to ignite fire in the belly. A spectacular point-to-point race from geyser to volcano, the event takes runners along one of New Zealand’s most important historical routes, retracing the reverse journey of the Tūhourangi people, who were forced to flee their home during the Mount Tarawera eruption in 1886. From Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, participants make their way through the Hemo Gorge following Puarenga Stream, along the shores and hidden corners of Rotokakahi (Green Lake) and over private land to make it to the homeward stretch along the Tarawera Trail – all the while witnessing stunning views of five lakes – Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotokakahi, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana. At the finish line, the cool waters of Lake Tarawera beckon runners for a refreshing dip while the hot mineral waters of Hot Water Beach soothe sore muscles, before a scenic boat and bus ride escort participants back home.

TTM50K KEY MESSAGES

– A spectacular point-to-point course from geyser to volcano
– Launch into the only race of its kind to start in an active geyser field Start at the world-famous Pohutu Geyser shooting 30 metres into the air, and finishes at the soothing waters of Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera
– Igniting fire in your belly as well as making your skin tingle, Te Puia kapa haka performers bid farewell and good luck at the start line with a traditional Māori cultural performance under Pohutu Geyser
– Witness stunning views of five lakes – Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana
– Connecting Rotorua’s most stunning trails into a single event, the Tarawera Trail Marathon traces the Hemo Gorge, Puarenga Stream, private land at Woodstock Farm, Rotokakahi (green Lake) and the Tarawera Trail.
– Considered one of New Zealand’s most important historical routes, retrace the reverse journey of the Tūhourangi people who were forced to flee their home during the Mount Tarawera eruption in 1886
– Race through private land complete with a working wool shed with exclusive breath taking views of Lakes Rotokakahi, Tikitapu and beyond
– Take your time at the Buried Village’s aid station for a spot of Devonshire tea complete with hot scones and freshly whipped cream
– At the finish line, dive into the crisp lake water to cool off or soak aching muscles in the soothing hot mineral waters of Hot Water Beach

Tikitapu Trail Run

– New in 2016, the much-loved Tikitapu Trail Run has been added to the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km, allowing people of all abilities to explore, achieve and become part of the trail running community
– Starting steamy at Pohutu Geyser, Tikitapu Trail Run participants explore the heart of Whakarewarewa forest to emerge on the shores of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake).
– For the walkers, runners, forest enthusiasts and explorers, the 16km covers amazing trails and forestry roads from geyser to Blue Lake in an entirely achievable adventure
– Adventurous souls will love the 22km, exploring the bushlands above the Blue Lake and dropping into the unknown, with ropes to assist the traverse along the lake’s ridgeline

Event context

– In 2016, the equally stunning Tikitapu Trail Run was added to the event with 16km and 23km options finishing at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
– Highly ranked national and international athletes come from across the world to take part in this world-class event
– The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km event sits alongside Tikitapu Trail Run, the Waitomo Trail Run and the Tarawera Ultramarathon, which is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT) – a series of the 12 most prestigious ultra-running races in the world.

STORY ANGLES

The only marathon or ultramarathon in the world to start in the middle of an active geyser field – From geyser to volcano, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km starts at the world-famous Pohutu Geyser shooting 30 metres into the air, and finishes at the soothing waters of Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera

Retrace one of New Zealand’s most important historical routes – The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km retraces the reverse journey of the Tūhourangi people who were forced to flee their home during the Mount Tarawera eruption in 1886. Read more here about the Mount Tarawera eruption.

Spirit of Manaakitanga (hospitality) delivers the best buffet aid stations around – including Devonshire tea at the Buried Village, complete with quaint tables, hot tea, freshly baked scones and whipped cream. Each aid station has its own distinct theme and is manned by some of Rotorua’s most passionate supporters, fuelling runners not only with food and drink but with all the encouragement they could need. A hug at the finish line from the race directors is mandatory.

Rotorua’s stunning scenery on show: The Guardian UK named it one of the top 6 best trail races in the world and we agree – Rotorua is blessed with beautiful lakes, native and exotic bush and geothermal activity, all encompassed by a Maori cultural heritage that’s been nurtured for hundreds of years. The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km combines the best of Rotorua to create the most spectacular event. Watch the video here.

Highly ranked national and international ultra-runners competing.

Individual location-based profiles available on request.


Get in touch

If you would like assistance with any of the above, have a chat with the Tarawera Trail Marathon media team, Shine PR: Rebecca Roling +64 27 331 8055 rebecca@shinepr.co.nz


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