Meet The Team

Organiser – Paul Charteris
Forever wishing I was a faster runner, with tanned legs. I started planning this run in late 2008, because I love trail running and I love this area.

I am responsible for overall coordination of this event. However, after the 2014 race, I realised I needed some serious help to efficiently run a growing event. Hence, the dream team you see assembled here. If you’d like to see what I am up to, please view the blog. In between organising runs, I run in the Whaka Forest (nearly) every lunchtime. If you have any questions or comments, there are many ways you can always contact me. I am responsible primarily for staffing, overall planning, financials, as well as some media, sponsors, athlete and Ultra-Trail World Tour liaison. The Tarawera Trail Marathon and Tarawera Ultramarathon are both owned by NZ Trail Runs Ltd.
Race Director – Tim Day
Kia ora, I’m the Operations Manager for the Tarawera Ultramarathon and the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k walk/run. After entering and running in previous Tarawera Ultramarathons I joined Paul’s team in late 2013 to help organise the infamous 2014 Cyclone Lusi race. I haven’t left since! I’m a kiwi-kid from the country – I love the outdoors, our trails, and I love to run. I live, explore, hunt, fish, play, raise my family, (and sometimes work!) in Rotorua. By day I’m Dr Tim…. an animal behaviour specialist creating solutions to protect our natural environments from invasive pest animals. I spend as much time as possible ‘out there doing it’ on our trails. Paul created the vision for our events, we both share the passion, and I’m on the Tarawera team to help Paul and our volunteers make the events happen. We want to share ‘our’ world-class running trails and create the very best experience we can for all of our race entrants.


sarah-r 2Athlete, marketing and community engagement – Sarah Rosenbaum 
Sarah is our latest addition to the Tarawera team and is mainly involved in athlete and marketing support, community engagement and social media reporting. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Trier University and a Master’s degree in Tourism Management from Colorado State University. Growing up near the Black Forest in Germany, Sarah has always enjoyed the outdoors and knows best how to refuel after spending the day in the forests – eating a BIG Schnitzel! 🙂 Over the past few years, she has lived in the United States and has done voluntary work in various countries including Costa Rica and South Africa. As an ultra-runner, Sarah loves to explore new trails and to share her passion for this sport with everyone who is new to trail running.


nicNic Muggeridge – Logistics, Operations & Volunteers
Hi guys!  My job is mainly centred around event delivery, providing logistics, operational and procurement support.  This often means a lot of phone calls, emails, documentation and on-the-ground operational running around.  A big part of my role is pulling together our amazing team of volunteers for each event, plus our event registration, which is a huge but really awesome job as I get to be involved with a range of cool people who are as passionate about our events as we are.  My career background is in commercial, procurement, logistics and project management.  Outside of this role, I enjoy triathlon, trail running, mountain biking, am an active member of Rotorua Association of Triathletes (RATS) plus being a mum to two little ones.