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The gear lists for each event are compulsory. If you wish to carry extra items that you would usually take when running or walking then please do so.
Race Tekapo has multiple Aid Stations around each course. You do not need to take any nutrition or hydration with you - unless you want to.
We highly recommend you use trail shoes for the event as the courses are mainly off-road.
Lake Tekapo is 710m above sea level. The event is at a time of year (and location) where any weather is possible. Mt John is 1031m above sea level and very exposed. Please respect our gear requirements and remember: gear is there for when things go wrong, not when things are going right.
There are no gear requirements for the 5km event or Kids Dash, although ensure you check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
Survival Bags/Emergency Bags are far superior to a Survival Blanket in exposed conditions.
Survival bags are like a rubbish sack that you can climb inside and tighten up around your shoulders. The cost of a bag is minimum (around $10), and should be in your kit for outdoor use in general.
We will not accept a blanket over a bag no matter the weather on the day, so please do not question our decision surrounding this. You can purchase a Survival Bag from most outdoors stores, including Outside Sports in Lake Tekapo.
Gear Checks for the 50KM Ultra and 32KM Trail Run will occur either during Race Registration on Friday 20th, OR at the following times on the morning of the race:
Please do not come to get your gear checked or register outside of these times to ensure the morning runs smoothly for everyone.
There are no Gear Checks for the 21KM, 16KM, or 12KM events. We ask that you respect the requirements and ensure you are ready for all weather conditions on the day. If you have been found to have not been carrying gear you will be disqualified after you finish the race.
IF THE WEATHER FORECAST DEEMS IT NECESSARY, WE MAY DO COMPULSORY GEAR CHECKS FOR THE 21KM, 16KM, AND 12KM EVENTS. This will be announced on Friday 20th September via email, the website, and social media. Please come prepared for alpine weather - if we do compulsory gear checks and you do not have the correct gear then you will not be able to race.
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