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Date: Saturday 21 September 2024
Distance: The 50KM Ultramarathon
Start Time: 6:00am
Start/Finish Line: Tekapo Lake Front
Race Briefing: 5:40am Saturday 21st September
Minimum Age: 18yr
Cut Off Times: 2:00pm at 41km mark.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Women, Men Overall,
1st Female, 1st Male 18-39, 40-59, 60+
The 50KM Ultra is an official UTMB Index Race.
Due to Traffic Management restrictions we have a cut off at the 41km mark at 2:00pm. This is 8 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 longest event of the day, The 50KM Ultra Marathon. This course starts and finishes on the edge of Lake Tekapo, and is designed as a figure-of-eight. The figure-of-eight course allows your supporters the opportunity to see you as you start, at almost the half way point, and also as you finish. What a great spot for your friends and family to enjoy spectating right on the shores of the stunning Lake Tekapo!
When you start you head towards the Regional Park, where you get to go over the arched pedestrian bridge. You will run right beside the world-famous Church of The Good Shepherd, and run through the forest on your way to Sawdon Station. Competitors in the Ultra Marathon get to run on the Lagoon Loop, a scenic trail that takes you over the true Mackenzie landscape on the iconic Sawdon Station. Once you have completed this section you then run through the Regional Park. This is a well-kept secret in Tekapo - trails that run under towering trees, where you get snippets of the lake and out towards the mountains. You will then join the side of Lake Tekapo and come back through the Race Village before heading towards Mt John. You will head up Mt John behind Tekapo Springs. Mt John is part of Balmoral Station, and as you continue on the course you will get to rejoin this station further along. Once you reach the summit you will pass the Mt John Observatory. At this point you will be breathless from not only the ascent, but the 360 degree views across the southern alps, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Alexandrina. The 50km course continues to impress as you descend Mt John via the Mt John access road. You will then take Godley Peaks Road for about 2km before accessing the Peninsula Walkway as part of Glenmore Station. You will cross the farmland on the west side of Lake Tekapo, before turning alongside Lake McGregor. You will run past Lake McGregor to the outlet of Lake Alexandrina. You then join Balmoral Station again as you make your way around this scenic lake, getting to appreciate the sheer scale of this iconic high country station. As you pass the Lake Alexandrina huts on the south side of the lake, you will then head back towards Mt John. You will cross back over Godley Peaks Road and head back up Mt John using the access road. At this point you are well on the way home. As you descend Mt John you run along the side of Lake Tekapo, taking you back to the Race Village.
With incredible views at every turn, private access to two iconic high country stations, a mixture of flat trails, short sections on sealed road, as well as some hill work, this course offers great variety and a great challenge.
Join us at Race Tekapo in 2024!
The 50KM Ultra is officially a UTMB Index Race for 2024. The UTMB World Series is a way Elite and everyday runners can access the events in the UTMB series across the globe. To be able to compete in the World Series Events, Majors, and Finals runners need to have a valid UTMB Index. The Index is a way to calculate a runners performance level. Runners who complete the 50KM at Race Tekapo will be included in the UTMB Index and have priority access to UTMB races across the world.
The following relates to those doing the Ultra Marathon only.
Distances are available for bag drop:
(Please note that the 28km and 41km Bag Drop locations are the same. Please consider this when packing your bag.)
All bags need to be at Race Registration on Friday before 8:00pm.
Staff will give you a label to attach to your Drop Bag. When you pass through the Aid Station the first time please keep your Drop Bag in the 'to use' pile. When you pass through the Aid Station on the second time, please place your Drop Bag in the 'used' pile.
We will be collecting and returning bags at midday, and then once again at the completion of the race.
Gear Checks will occur either during Race Registration on Friday 15th, OR on the morning of the race.
YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR GEAR CHECKED BEFORE YOU START THE RACE - EITHER ON FRIDAY 20TH OR ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE.
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 50km - including any specific nutrition or fluid the Aid Stations may not provide.
You must carry the following with you in your pack:
Recommended but NOT compulsory – Check the weather forecast!
The race begins in the dark so you will need a fully charged headlamp for the first part of the race.
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 50km event:
All aid stations will have water, electrolyte fluid, and a supply of fruit, lollies, chips, etc. More details of what will be at each Aid Station will be released closer to the time of the event.
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