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– 12 Oct Tarawera Trail Marathon’s oldest participant is ready to race (Andy Eastcott).
– 12 Oct Streak runner taking part in Tarawera Trail 50km (Colin Young)
– 12 Oct Tracing the trails of Tarawera in a 60th celebration (Sue Moore)
– 19 Oct World Junior Skyrunning Champion takes on Tarawera Trail 50km (Lucy Bartholomew)
– Web only: Channelling the extraordinary by returning to her beginnings (Megan Wilson)
5 NOVEMBER 2014: Devonshire tea for Marathoners
Runners and walkers taking part in the inaugural Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50k on 15 November will be treated to a Devonshire Tea as the event passes through the local landmark of Buried Village.
Since the mid 1880’s the Te Wairoa village was a thriving tourist town that played host to travelers from all over the world who stopped in on the journey out to the famous Pink and White Terraces on Lake Rotomahana. The original village was destroyed by mud from the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption.
A highlight of the journey on this original tourist route was dropping on for a Devonshire Tea at the village.
Runners and walkers in next weeks race will follow in those pioneering tourism footsteps and will be served a Devonshire Tea at the Buried Village checkpoint. A hot tea will be available together with scones covered with lashings of jam and cream.
It’s all very decadent says organiser, Paul Charteris – we certainly cannot find another marathon event in the world offering runners such delicious treats during a race.
Bone china tea collector, Vera Alves from Auckland said this was her only chance to run an ultra with tea and scones at aid stations. “I am trying to convince my friends to come down for a tea party – with a marathon on the side”.
Her views were echoed by Kristian Day – a talented runner and food connoisseur from Hawke’s Bay who said that jam and cream are ‘nature’s perfect match’.
Pam McGrath, General Manager of Buried Village, says that runners will run past several of these excavated sites. “Although won’t have time to check them out they may get a feel for what happened in the village on that fateful night”.
Competitors pass through the excavated site of the village and head down the waterfall track below Wairere falls before emerging along the Te Wairoa stream track and on to the new Tarawera Trail. The trail takes them to their journey’s end at Hot Water Beach.
Devonshire teas will be available for supporters to purchase and enjoy while they wait for their friends or family to complete the event.
The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50k starts at Pohutu Geyser in Te Puia, Rotorua and finishes at Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera.
Phone: 027 600 0397
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30 SEPTEMBER 2014: Running in the footseps of tourism pioneers
New Zealand’s newest marathon running event traces the path that many visitors to the region would have made in the 19th century.
The Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km takes in the district’s unique landscape, culture and legacy, starting at the Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and finishing at Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera.
Tūhourangi were among New Zealand’s very first hosts, welcoming and guiding domestic and international visitors to the Pink and White Terraces on Lake Tarawera.
In 1886 the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed when Mt Tarawera erupted. After the eruption, many of the residence dispersed throughout the district with many of Tūhourangi relocating to Whakarewarewa thermal village, adjacent to Te Puia, which over time became the new geothermal destination of choice.
Pou Tuarā (Te Puia Cultural Advisor) Taparoto Nicholson says that the new event with the tagline “Geyser to Volcano” follows the historical journey of both tourism in the area and also allows privileged access through places which retrace local hapū / Iwi migration brought about by the devastation left in the eruptions wake.
“Although much has changed here over time the commitment to the legacy of guiding and manaakitanga (hospitality) has remained constant and is a tradition that is still continued today in Rotorua.
One of the event organisers, Tim Day, says the run definitely feels like they are following in the footseps of history. It is a privilege to bring runners from all over New Zealand, and the world, to start in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and take them to the base of Mount Tarawera.
As little as a year ago, this event would not have been possible. With the opening of the new Department of Conservation-administered Tarawera Trail from Wairoa to Hot Water Beach, recreational walkers and runners can now visit this special area on foot. This marathon is the first event on the new Tarawera Trail. Runners will enjoy lunch at Hotwater Beach, with a soak in the hot pools or a swim in the lake before taking a scenic boat ride back.
The Tarawera Trail Marathon was officially launched last month. It will be held on 15 November, 2014, and will offer the traditional 42.2 kilometre marathon distance, as well as a 50 kilometre option. Both are open to runners and walkers. To date, more than 120 runners and walkers from five countries have signed up. It is an ideal buildup race to the popular Tarawera Ultramarathon whch takes place in February.
We expect around 350 runners and walkers say Day. That’s a good number for the first year – and already a windfall for tourism operators on Lake Tarawera. The event has the potential to bring in thousands of runners in subsequent years and boost the profile of the area as a recreation destination.
“This is a truly unique event and quite simply, there is nothing else like this in New Zealand – or possibly even the world. It will, in time, become one of the great marathon events in the world.”
Entries to the inaugural Tarawera Trail Marathon are available at www.taraweramarathon.co.nz
New trail marathon confirms Rotorua’s position on world map
Rotorua’s newest trail running event makes the most of the district’s unique landscape, culture and legacy, starting at the Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia in Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and finishing at Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera.
With the tagline, Geyser to Volcano, the Tarawera Trail Marathon is the latest trail run event to be developed by NZ Trail Runs Ltd’s Paul Charteris – the man behind the Tarawera Ultramarathon which has become of the leading trail running events in the world.
The Tarawera Trail Marathon was officially launched at a special event at Te Puia in Rotorua this evening <<sub: 13 August>>. It will be held on 15 November, 2014, and will offer the traditional 42.2 kilometre marathon distance, as well as a 50 kilometre option. Both are open to runners and walkers.
Entrants will pass four lakes, run and walk through stunning native forest, past bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers and private farmland. They will be able to catch hidden views of Lake Rotomahana – the original home of the famous Pink and White Terraces – and then start their recovery with a soak in Lake Tarawera’s natural hot pools at the finish line. Once they arrive back at Te Puia, athletes can even feast on a special hangi to “complete” their recovery.
Mr Charteris says the marathon event will be “far from traditional”.
“This event offers a completely different perspective of New Zealand’s running trails – in fact, even if you are one of Rotorua’s most regular trail runners, you will likely discover a few new trails on this course.
“This is a truly unique event and quite simply, there is nothing else like this in New Zealand – or possibly even the world. It will hold a special place on New Zealand’s running and walking calendar and will provide the perfect build-up for the Tarawera Ultra as well.”
Destination Rotorua general manager, Oscar Nathan, says the Tarawera Trail Marathon further cements Rotorua’s position as a world-leading trail running destination.
“With so many marathon races, new events need to offer something truly special to attract the interest of overseas runners and media.
“The Tarawera Ultra has become renowned the world over and it was recently cited as one of Zealand’s “game changer” events at the recent NZ Association of Events Professionals conference. More than 970 competitors participated this year, bringing with them an estimated 1700 supporters and contributing $1.2 million to the local economy.
“Nearly 1000 entrants have already signed up for February 2015 and the new Trail Marathon just adds to the momentum that these events have. It’s a very exciting development – not just for Rotorua, but for New Zealand as well.”
Te Puia General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean, says the visitor attraction is excited – and privileged – to host the new event.
“This course follows one of our most important cultural journeys – the movement of the Tūhourangi people to Whakarewarewa Valley after the Mt Tarawera eruption, which also destroyed the Pink and White Terraces.
“These two locations were the birthplace of tourism in New Zealand, and it’s an honour to be involved in an event which extends that heritage and offers such a unique drawcard to domestic and international entrants alike.”
The Tarawera Trail Marathon will be the first sporting event to utilise the new Tarawera Trail – a new 15 kilometre walking trail which circuits part of Lake Tarawera.
The Tarawera Trail is a joint venture between the Department of Conservation and the local Tūhourangi people.
Tūhourangi kaumātua Anaru Rangiheuea says the hapū (tribe) welcome runners and walkers from all over New Zealand and from around the world to enjoy the area.
“The whole idea behind the trail was to get people familiar with the area and its history. The Trail has been developed so that people, both young and old – like me – can enjoy the area of foot and so that they have the opportunity to explore.”
After leaving the start line at Te Puia, the Tarawera Trail Marathon course includes Hemo Gorge, Whakarewarewa Forest, the Green Lake and Woodstock Farm. The course is completed on the new Tarawera Trail finishing at Hot Water Beach. Athletes will be transported to The Landing by boat, and back to Te Puia by bus.
Entries to the new Tarawera Trail Marathon opened this evening <<sub: 13 August>>. Further information is available at www.taraweramarathon.co.nz.
Phone: 027 600 0397