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Waiuku Forest

At the mouth of the mighty Waikato River lies the largely unknown – and often-forgotten – Waiuku Forest, all cloaked by towering pine trees with hard-packed, low impact sand-based trails underfoot.

Courses are all a little longer than usual and boast extensive and breathtaking views over the Tasman Sea, Port Waikato and the mouth of the mighty Waikato River.

WE HAVE GONE CUPLESS!

We have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up! (You can purchase a collapsible silicone water cup at event base for 5$).

START TIMES

Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

  • Super long – 9:00am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid – 9:45am

  • Short – 10:30am

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Download driving directions here (372k pdf)

COURSE INFORMATION

We've made it easy for you to gather the whole gang (regardless of age or fitness level), and head out of the city. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks as well as runs, 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.

 
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SHORT COURSE

Distance: 7.3km

Total Climb: 73m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: A quick start on this course as you peel along Elders Road. With a right hand veer into the first playful forest trail. Bursting out on the beach you will head north-east on the sand for a little, while sucking in that crisp winter air. Back into the forest, winding your way north-west through the woods and metal roads towards the Aid Station. Not far past the aid station you’ll pass through the infamous Waiuku mud puddle for a splash. On your way back through, gulp down some 1Above Performamce Hydration and dash back down the metal road, through the final trail section and into the finish. The sausages will be hot and the beer cold so sit back and enjoy your accomplishment.

Drink Stations:

2.2km (with R-Line electrolyte drink & water)

5.5km (with water, R-Line electrolyte drink, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 5/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Short Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

MID COURSE

Distance: 11.7km

Total Climb: 110m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: A quick start on this course as you peel along Elders Road. With a right hand veer into the first playful forest trail. Bursting out on the beach you will head north-east on the sand for a little, while sucking in that crisp winter air. As you head back into the forest there will be an aid station on route and you will begin winding your way north-west through the woods. This section is a mixture of metal road and trail. Gulp down some 1Above Performation Hydration at the last aid station and dash back down the metal road, through the final trail section and into the finish. The sausages will be hot and the beer cold so sit back and enjoy your accomplishment.

Drink Stations:

4.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink & water)

9.3km (with water, R-Line electrolyte drink, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 5/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Mid Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

LONG COURSE (Run Only)

Distance: 19km

Total Climb: 344m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: A quick start on this course as you peel along Elders Road. With a right hand veer into the first playful forest trail. Bursting out on the beach you will head north-east on the sand for a little, while sucking in that crisp winter air.

As you head back into the forest there will be an aid station on route and you will begin winding your way north-west through the woods. This section is a mixture of metal road and trail. Gulp down some 1Above Performation Hydration at the aid station then up over the sand drifts and into the northern area of the course. A short section of metal road as you begin a small climb with a pleasant surprise at the top. Shoot through a fast trail section to your second aid station. At this point you re-join with the super long runners and start on the epic sandy downhill (be sure to take a minute and enjoy the views - this is our favourite part of the course).

Once at the bottom, make your way down through the dunes and eventually onto the beach. Pick your path wisely through the variety of scattered driftwood as you commence on the small coastal section.

Again, be sure to look up and appreciate the uniquely New Zealand beach. Once off the beach, you're back onto the trail. It's time to dig deep and really get those legs moving through the woods. Gulp down some 1Above Performation Hydration at the last aid station at the end of this section and dash back down the metal road, through the final trail section and into the finish. The sausages will be hot and the beer cold so sit back and enjoy your accomplishment.

Drink Stations:

4.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink & water)

9.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

12.5km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water & oranges)

17.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Long Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

SUPER LONG COURSE (Run Only)

Distance: 22.6km

Total Climb: 458m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: A quick start on this course as you peel along Elders Road. With a right hand veer into the first playful forest trail. Bursting out on the beach you will head north-east on the sand for a little, while sucking in that crisp winter air.

As you head back into the forest there will be an aid station on route and you will begin winding your way north-west through the woods. This section is a mixture of metal road and trail. Gulp down some 1Above Performation Hydration at the aid station then up over the sand drifts and into the northern area of the course. A short section of metal road as you begin a small climb with a pleasant surprise at the top.

You split from the long course runners at this point and past the huge sand mine which is a fantastic sight. Once past this, there is a really fun section of fairly technical trails, coupled with views over the country side to keep that stoke meter topped up. On a small metal road section, you will re-join with the long runners and shoot though a quick trail. It's now time to take on the epic sandy downhill (be sure to take a minute and enjoy the views - this is our favourite part of the course).

Once at the bottom, make your way down through the dunes and eventually onto the beach. Pick your path wisely through the variety of scattered driftwood as you commence on the small coastal section. Again, be sure to look up and appreciate the uniquely New Zealand beach.

Once off the beach, you're back onto the trail. It's time to dig deep and really get those legs moving through the woods. Gulp down some 1Above Performation Hydration at the last aid station at the end of this section and dash back down the metal road, through the final trail section and into the finish. The sausages will be hot and the beer cold so sit back and enjoy your accomplishment.

Drink Stations:

4.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink & water)

9.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

16.2km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water & oranges)

21.7km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Super Long Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

COURSE SAFETY

We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 500ml - 1 litre 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:

  • a basic first aid kit

  • a cell phone

  • a whistle

  • additional warm clothing

It's all about personal responsibility!

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

Earlier Event: June 9
Waitawa Regional Park
Later Event: July 21
Totara Park