Waiuku Forest - Sunday 29th July 2018


Important Event Information

At the mouth of the mighty Waikato River lies the largely unknown, often-forgotten corner of Auckland and into the mysterious Waiuku Forest. From the get-go you'll be cloaked by towering pine trees offering hard-packed, low impact sand-based trails underfoot. Courses are all a little longer than usual and boast extensive and breath-taking views over the Tasman Sea, Port Waikato and the mouth of the mighty Waikato River guaranteeing spectacular vistas during your morning's trail run/walk.

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, 5-8km (walk or run)
  • Mid course, 10-14km (walk or run)
  • Long course, 16-20km (run only)
  • Super long course, 20km+ (run only)

MAPs & Profiles

start Times

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

Event Time
Super long 9:00am
Long 9:00am
Mid 9:45am
Short 10:30am
 

Course Information

On the course you will follow hanging 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 informing you which way to proceed - please stop for a moment at these points to ensure you are going the correct way, take the time to have a good look as this could impact on your day.

When you reach an intersection, do not cross any tape that is laid on the ground - 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 Total Sport 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!

Short course

Distance: 6.5km

Course Elevation: 111m

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. Gulp down some Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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: 3km

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Mid course

Distance: 12.5km

Course Elevation: 265m

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 Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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, 9.3kms

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Long course

Distance: 19.2km

Course Elevation:  414m

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 Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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 Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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, 9.3km, 12.5km, 17.3km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Super Long course

Distance: 23km

Course Elevation: 625m

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 Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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 Loaded Isotonic Sports Drink 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, 9.3km, 16.2km, 2.7km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

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

It's all about personal responsibility!