Date: Saturday 16 September 2023
Distance: La Sportiva 21K Run and Walk
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start/Finish Line: Tekapo Lake Front
Race Briefing: 9:45 am
Minimum Age: 16yr
Cut Off Times: 3:00pm at 18km
1st, 2nd, 3rd Women, Men Overall,
1st Female, 1st Male 16-39, 40-59, 60+
Additional Info: Due to Traffic Management restrictions we have a cut off at the 18km mark at 3:00pm. This is 5 hours after the start time.
Make sure you stick around after you finish your race to enjoy music, food vendors, and a great atmosphere!
Take on the classic half marathon distance, the La Sportiva 21km. This course starts and finishes on the edge of Lake Tekapo, allowing spectators and supporters the chance to cheer you on right by the village centre. Once you start you head up the sharp ascent to the summit of Mt John. The ascent is challenging but super rewarding - once you reach the top you have jaw-dropping 360 degree views of the southern alps and surrounding area. The Mt John Observatory sits at the summit and you will see why it is a special place to visit - perhaps even tempting you to book your own Star Gazing experience while you are in town! The Mt John loop is run in a way to make the most of the incredible views, and mostly as a downhill. Once you descend Mt John you will run along the side of the lake, taking you back past the Race Village and the spectators as you head around to other side of Lake Tekapo. The second section of the half marathon is just as scenic. You will cross over the arched pedestrian bridge, run right alongside the world-famous Church of the Good Shepherd, and into the towns best-kept secret, the Regional Park. This forest section is truly magical, giving you glimpses of the surrounding mountains and rugged landscape that the Mackenzie District is renowned for. Once you weave your way through the forest you will pop out lake-side, allowing you to run right beside the water as you head back to the finish area.
This course is a jewel in the crown of half marathon's in New Zealand. It offers a great variety of terrain, with breathtaking views that are right up there with anything you will find around the world. Come and see for yourself!
You can enter the half marathon as a run or a walk.
Gear Checks will occur either during Race Registration on Friday 15th, OR on the morning of the race.
There will also be spot gear checks throughout the race.
YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE ASSESSED TO NOT BE CARRYING THE REQUIRED GEAR.
The gear list below is compulsory. If you wish to carry extra items that you would usually take when running then please do so. While the Aid Stations will supply you with nutrition at various points along the course, it is recommended you carry with you any extra items you might require during the 21km - including any specific nutrition or fluid the Aid Stations may not provide.
Due to the unpredictable nature of Mackenzie Country weather and the elevation of Mt John the following compulsory gear is required:
You MUST carry the following with you in your pack:
The Race Director and Course and Safety Manager may choose in the 24 hours prior to the start of the race to reduce the compulsory gear to the following:
We will be informing competitors at Race Registration on Friday 15th, as well as on the morning of the race. We will also post this information on Facebook and Instagram.
Recommended but NOT compulsory – Check the weather forecast from Canterbury Weather Updates!
The Compulsory Gear is not negotiable. There will be no exceptions made regarding specific items on the list. If you have any questions surrounding your compulsory gear (not discussions surrounding the necessities of carrying it), please email email@example.com .
Aid Stations are at the following distances in the 21km event:
All aid stations will have water, Tailwind electrolyte fluid, jet planes, and first aid assistance.
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