Welcome to the Blackmores XTERRA Auckland trail run and walk series! So pleased you've found us. This series is all about getting you, your mates, and your family to some of the best off-road locations in and around Auckland, and getting you off the roads and onto some stunning trails. Big on fun in a casual, low key environment, you are going to have a blast!
Driving Directions to Event Base
Super Long Course
We've made it easy for you to gather the entire gang, irrespective of varying fitness and age levels, and head out of the city for an action-packed family outing. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks too, so one event you may get to stretch out in the long or super long while your partner takes a wee whipper snapper or two around the mid or short course.
How Does the Point System Work?
Your top 5 placings count towards your overall series result. if the body didn't fire one morning or you just decided to cruise, no need to worry you've got a trump card up your sleeve.
To score points it's about how far off the winning time you are in your age and gender division. i.e. the closer your time is to first place the better your points. The series winner is the one with the highest points from their 5 best results. (please note, you must run/walk in at least 4 of the 6 events to be eligible to win your division over the series).
And now, what you have all been waiting for........ The Blackmores XTERRA Series and "nearly famous" Starter Pack is back for 2013! This pack has become a real stable, and promises to be another ripper this year, with a particular '10 year anniversary' twist. What's included? A special edition hoodie, total sport drink canister, total sport run cap, inov-8 WRAG Multiuse Headwear AND a free entry into any run or walk event at XTERRA Rotorua Festival (14th April)! Whoohooo! All coming your way when you sign up for the Series.
The price for the series entry and pack is still $295. It's terrific value, you pay less than the cost of a Mid course entry price per event, and get all the cool stuff for FREE, plus entry into all events (any distance option allowed)! Series entrants (and series packs) are limited to the first 300 entered.
All entry options above (except Family and Kids options) will incur a $10 late fee, for those that choose to enter on the day of the event.
Whether you are already entered, or entering on the day, please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time. Registration will open at 7.30am
Your race number, timing transponder and race bag can be picked up from the event base on the day of the event. We recommend checking into this area at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
If you haven't collected already, your race number, timing transponder and series race pack can be picked up from the event base on the day of the event. We recommend checking into this area at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
On the day entrants:
No problem if you want to turn up on the day and enter, we'll be ready for you. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled event start time, and we'll have everything you need. Payment prices are listed above, and payment options include;
Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!
Superlong - 09.00am
Long - 09.00am
Mid - 09.45am
Short - 10.30am
At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula lies the stunning Shakespear Regional Park. It's got it all - farmland, interaction with some friendly animals, awesome well groomed and all-weather single trails, wider open trail sections, a waterfall, one or two decent uphill's, and second to none vistas of this fine city most of us call home.
While out there on the course you will be following hanging blue XTERRA tape (attached to trees, posts etc) and our standard red arrows on a white backing. Where you reach an intersection where there is a decision to be made (generally based around the event option that you are doing), this will be clearly marked telling you which way to go - please stop for a moment at these points to ensure you are going the right way, let's not have you spoil your day for not having a quick look at these points!
When you reach an intersection do not cross any tape that is laid on the ground at any time - this tape is laid out to stop you going in a particular direction. After you have passed an intersection you will again be following generic hanging blue XTERRA tape and red arrows. These courses will be checked and rechecked on the morning of the event but it is important you keep your eyes open out there!
The main road will spread you well out before you dart off into your first short trail, along the ridge and into the Heritage Trail. This trail follows a stream, passes a waterfall and is kept in perfect nick by our friendly rangers - thanks guys! You're then through the wetlands and along the shores of Okoromai Bay before a sweet downhill finishes you in the Te Haruhi Bay campground - it's a beauty!
One at 4.5km
6 / 10
You start the same way as the shorties. The main road will spread you well out before you dart off into your first short trail, then into the Heritage Trail. This trail follows a stream, passes a waterfall and is kept in perfect nick by our friendly rangers - thanks guys! Then you pass through the wetlands and it's a run along the shoreline of Okoromai Bay, pass.
Then it's down, down, down to Te Haruhi Bay and you're over halfway. Time for the monster hill. From the top you spit off onto the Tiri Tiri Track which features excellent pocket of bush, open farmland great cliff top views of Tiritiri Matangi Island and some good undulating terrain. A downhill finish for you guys too!
4.5km and 7.5km
7 / 10
The full coastal assault at low tide followed by a work over on the track network gives you essentially a very unique long course in the XTERRA series. From the base it's the main road to split you up before hitting the Heritage Trail to get the blood flowing. Once your feet hit the sand our North Shore Coastal Challenge competitors will get a dose of nostalgia as you start to head over very similar terrain (albeit slightly further north).
Don't be fooled - this section will take a while and you won't be (or can't afford to be) moving at light speed. Some very peculiar angled rock sections, moss and the odd loose one means strapping your ankles probably isn't a bad idea!
Please expect to enjoy some water action on this run as you may find yourself in waist deep water depending on your vertical statue.
Once you get onto the beach at Te Haruhi Bay you split from the superlongies and have the length of the Tiri Tiri track to tackle. It begins with a serious uphill, and includes a couple of awesome pockets of bush trail along with the grand views of Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Once back on the beach again it'll be a sprint along the sand and up the dune into the finish area - good times!
3.5km and 12.5km
8/10 - although shorter than a lot of your run there's more technical running here + some WATER SECTIONS
Ok this is the business. Fullstop. The full coastal assault near low tide followed by a full work over on the complete track network is certainly enough to earn yourself a cool SPEIGHT'S at the end point. It's essentially two very different courses back to back resulting in a superb and quite unique superlong course in the XTERRA series.
From the base it's a touch of main road to split you up before hitting the Heritage Trail to get the blood flowing. Once your feet hit the sand our North Shore Coastal Challenge competitors will get a dose of nostalgia as you start to head over very similar terrain (albeit slightly further north). Please expect to enjoy some water action on this run as you may find yourself in waist deep water depending on your vertical statue.
Don't be fooled - this section will take a while and you won't be (or can't afford to be) moving at light speed. Some peculiar angled rock sections, moss and the odd loose one means strapping your ankles probably isn't a bad idea! Once you run essentially past the event base (Te Haruhi Bay) you split from the longies, have another 2km of coastal terrain to tackle taking you to Okoromai Bay then you soak up the full track network inside the park (lookout track, tiri tiri track). The 3 bush track sections, the grand views and a decent uphill with approx 5.5km to go will be remembered I'm sure!
3.5km, 13.5km and 16.5km
It's a drainer but in a different kind of way. 8.5/10
ALL LONG AND SUPERLONG COMPETITORS WILL HAVE A LONG COASTAL SECTION at the start of this event. While it will be run near low tide, the terrain will be slippery and will require your full attention - we ask that you do not push the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with over this section! We strongly recommend that all competitors come to these events sensibly prepared as some of these courses are very tough and weather conditions can be extremely changeable.
We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 1 - 2 litres of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be.
While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:
It's all about personal responsibility!
You've told us over the years that you're not really into the whole hanging about for event prize givings. So, we won't be making you stay for any formalities. We have lots of spot prizes, and they will all be handed out randomly as you cross the finish line. So, don't feel obligated to hang about if you've got other things you need to do. Finish your event, talk it up about how great you are, get a SPEIGHT'S beer and a hot sausage and head for home - all good by us!!
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