Waitawa Regional Park - Sunday 17th June 2018


Important Event Information

All our Auckland XTERRA Series events are now CUPLESS! As trail runners and nature lovers we're keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events, so 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. 

paRKING & tRAVEL INFORMATION

Due to recent heavy rainfalls we are unfortunately unable to use paddocks within the park for parking. Which means you now get a free scenic bus tour to start your day! 
Participant Parking for this event is now at Ardmore Airport, 511 Harvard Lane. 
Buses will depart from here in waves throughout the morning. 

We would advise being on the following buses for your event:

SUPER LONG COURSE     07:15 - 07:45 
LONG COURSE               07:15 - 07:45
MID COURSE                 08:15 - 08:45
SHORT COURSE             09:15  - 09:45

Return buses will leave approximately every 20mins from 11am from Event Base to return to Ardmore Airport. 

Carpooling

Those of you who would like priority parking onsite (and can get 4 or more of you in one car!) Then please email julieanne@totalsport.co.nz with the names of those travelling with you. 
We will then issue you with a Parking Pass which must be printed and displayed on your vehicle.  Vehicles without a valid parking pass will not be able to access the site. 
To help fill your car, or for suggestions of convenient car pooling spots, head online to our Auckland XTERRA Series Car Pooling Group and find yourself some buddies! 

Event Options

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.

  • Short course 6.5km (walk or run)
  • Mid course 11km (walk or run)
  • Long course 18km (run only)
  • Super long course 22.5km (run only)

MAPs & Profiles

start Times

Compulsory event briefings will be held 10 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

EventTime
Super long 9:00am
Long 9:00am
Mid 10:00am
Short 11:00am
 

Important Message

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD

Course Information

You will be following blue Total Sport tape (attached to trees, posts etc) and our standard red arrows on a white backing. When 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, don't spoil your day by not having a clear look!

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 hanging blue Total Sport tape and red arrows. These courses will be checked on the morning of the event but it is important you keep your eyes open out there!

Short course

Distance: 6.5km +/- 100m

Course Elevation: 

Course Overview:  

As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland. There is a gradual climb towards the top and some stunning views once you get there. You’ll re-join the other course here and descend to the water for a short coastal section before finishing.  

Note to reader: there is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Mid course

Distance: 11km +/- 200m

Course Elevation:

Course Overview:

As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you can wave goodbye to the longs and super longs as you head up to finish.

Note to reader: there is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km 

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Long course

Distance: 18km +/-500m

Course Elevation: 

Course Overview: 

As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you’ll pass the finish shoot on your right, and head back out. Only this time, you’ll likely be travelling a little slower which will enable you to really absorb the views on as you go – perfect! You’ll split off half way through the first open farmland section this time, essentially cutting the course in half, and re-join the Super Long as you drop down to the finish together.

Note to reader: there is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km, 11.5km, 15km

Toughness Factor: 6/10

Super Long course

Distance: 22.5km +/-500m

Course Elevation: 

Course Overview:

As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you’ll pass the finish shoot on your right, and head back out to do it all again. Only this time, you’ll likely be travelling a little slower which will enable you to really absorb the views as you go – perfect!

Note to reader: there is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km, 11.5km, 15km, 20km 

Toughness Factor: 6/10

Course SAFETY

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:

  • a basic first aid kit
  • a cell phone
  • a whistle
  • additional warm clothing

Should you come across an injured participant, stop and apply first aid if you are trained. Send the next participant through to the next marshal or course crew location (or back if you had recently past one) and notify them of the participants; race number, name, location and description of incident.

If you happen to become lost or disoriented on course, stop and remain calm before retracing your steps to the last know course marking. If you still cannot find the course marking, stop and put on your additional warm clothing and blow your whistle.

It's all about personal responsibility!