Event Info

 

Event Date: Saturday 16th November 2019

Event Base: Dickey Flat ADVENTURE CAMP, Waihi

EVENT OPTIONS

  • Trail Tigers

  • Short course, 8.2km (walk or run)

  • Mid course, 13km (walk or run)

  • Long course, 20.5km (walk or run)

  • Super Long course, 42km Marathon (run only)

Please Note: ALL Courses are required to carry a torch or headlamp with them for some dark tunnel fun! This is a compulsory requirement and participants will not be allowed to start without it.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TRAIL TIGERS

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Trail Tigers

Be a Total Sport TRAIL TIGER!

Kids fun run; throw away the stop watches, play in the bush and fly like the birds while Mum and Dad are having their play time. We want our kids to be happy, healthy, social and playful which is what this option aims to deliver to U13 participants who just want to get out for a run without worrying about how long it takes. Each 'Tiger Troop' will navigate their way around a short course at the event base or a derivative of that. They will be in sight at all times as they complete each loop of the course and it is required for a parent to be present at this time.

Start Time: Meet at registration area at 11.30am, start 12 noon.

Course: Trail Tigers will do two laps of a short course around the event base or a derivative of that, how much they do depends on how they are feeling and will be able to stop whenever they wish.

Bookings: Come see our Registration staff on the day to sign up.

Cost: Free

How Long:Two laps of the course or less if they wish.

What happens when they finish? Mum and Dad Tigers must pick up their Trail Tiger at 12.30pm or once they have finished.

SHORT COURSE

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Short Course

Distance: 8.2km

Course Elevation: 130m

Course Overview: This little firecracker is packed with surprises. Be patient, however - shortly off the start line you arrive at a couple of swing-bridges: these are load-limited and WALKING ONLY, so be prepared to wait your turn.

Meandering through beautiful native forest beside the rushing Waitawheta River, there is plenty to keep you entertained: listen for native birds, look for mining relics and admire the dramatic gorge.

Well into the Gorge, you pass through two historic tunnels which give the Windows Walk it's name - openings cut into the tunnel walls allowed gold miners toss the tailings (wastage) into the Waitawheta river below. HEADTORCHES are compulsory and it is strictly WALKING ONLY through the tunnels, please.

Reaching the aid station at the end of the Windows Walk, turn and retrace your steps albeit with a short loop variation around mining ruins: rambling along the tramway past abandoned carts and Battery ruins are a reminder of days gone by when a bustling community hummed and thrived. Gaze across the Gorge to the Historic Crown Tramway Track, now permanently abandoned. Return over the bridges and as the rushing sound of the Waitawheta River fades away, loop around Dicky Flat Campsite and head to our picturesque finish line.

Road/Trail used: Windows Walk Track.

Drink Stations: At approx 4.2km

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Compulsory Equipment: Headtorch/Torch

SHORT COURSE MAP & PROFILE (390k pdf)

MID COURSE

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Mid Course

Distance: 13km

Course Elevation: 470m

Course Overview: The mid course has got it all - native bush; gorge and valley views; swing-bridges, tunnels and relics. Contain your excitement on the start line - there are plenty of opportunities to open up along this course. Shortly after leaving the start line you reach two swing-bridges: these are load-limited and WALKING ONLY, please, so wait your turn. Warm the legs up through stunning native bush along the Windows Walk but watch your feet: it can be rocky and slippery underfoot. The thundering Waitawheta River keeps you company as you pass through two tunnels that give the Windows Walk its name - openings cut in the tunnel walls allowed gold miners to throw the tailings (wastage) into the Waitawheta River. HEADTORCHES are compulsory for the tunnel sections and they are strictly WALKING ONLY, please.

Leaving the first aid station, take the swing-bridge across to the right side of the Gorge where you duck up through the delightful little Scotsman Gully and pop out onto County Road where you can really stretch out. After the next drink station you will begin to climb on the Number 7 Level Track: get into a solid rhythm but keep your head up as occasional breaks in the foliage reward with magnificent views down to the Gorge. Continue past Dubbo 96 Track to the turnaround: reaching Dubbo 96 again, you turn right and descend steeply back towards base. Your legs will be happy to rejoin the Windows Walk for a final short stretch before a loop around Dickey's Flat returns you to our picturesque finish line.

Road/Trail used: Windows Walk, Crown Track, Scotsmans Gully Track, Number 7 Level Track, and Dubbo 96 Track.

Drink Stations: At approx 4km and 6km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Compulsory Equipment: Headtorch/Torch

MID COURSE MAP & PROFILE (389k pdf)LONG COURSE

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Long Course

National Trail Running Champs & World XTERRA Champs

The National Trail Running Champions will be crowned over the Long Course (20.5km) event. The top three male and female overall will receive a free entry into the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship and prize money.

The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship is an off-road half-marathon scheduled for 2nd December 2018 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The event will also host 5km and 10km trail runs, a free kids race, an adventure walk, great food and stunning scenery. Some of the world's fastest trail runners will be onsite competing for $10,000 in prize money which is awarded to the top 7 men and women. Top 3 placegetters of XTERRA Waihi 2018 will be able to choose entry into either 2018 OR 2019 World Championships.

Distance: 20.5km

Course Elevation: 980m

Course Overview: Hotly contested as part of the National Trail Running Champs, the Long Course offers both challenge and opportunites to bust out some speed - but take it easy off the start line, immediately after leaving Event Base you approach two swing-bridges: these are load-limited and WALKING ONLY: please wait your turn.

Warm up on the stunning Windows Walk beside the tumultous Waitawheta River: watch for mining ruins and relics as you speed by. Your route takes in two tunnels that give the track it's name - goldminers would throw the tailings (wastage) out the windows into the Waitawheta River as they mined. HEADTORCHES are compulsory and the tunnels are strictly WALKING ONLY, please.

The first aid station awaits at the end of the Windows Walk: cross the swing-bridge and head up and left into delightful Scotsman Gully, a short, steep climb to get the legs functioning. Stretch out on County Road before the climbing begins in earnest - after the second drink station - as you begin to circle the mountain on the Number 7 Level Track. Settle into a steady rhythm up this gradual climb and keep an eye out for occasional glimpses down into the magnificent Waitawheta Gorge.

Continue climbing on the Number 7 Level Track past Dubbo 96 track: the views get better as you climb higher! Making your way around the back of Karangahake Mountain, prepare for a screaming (though slippery) descent: turn right again back onto County Road to reach the drink station just around the bend. Back onto the Number 7 Level Track, but this time turn left and get ready for another storming descent, this time on Dubbo 96 Track.

At the bottom, your homing instincts and the sound of finish line revelry will turn you right and after recrossing the swing-bridges, there is a final opportunity for flat, fast running around Dicky Flat and across our picturesque finish line.

Road/trails used: Crown Track, Windows Walk, Scotsmans Gully Track, Number 7 Level Track, Karangahake Mountain Track and Dubbo 96 Track

Drink Stations: Approx 4km, 6km and 15km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 8/10

Compulsory Equipment: Headtorch/Torch

LONG COURSE MAP & PROFILE (433k pdf)

SUPER LONG COURSE (MARATHON)

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Super Long Course

Distance: 42km

Course Elevation: 1500m

Course Overview: Boy, are we excited to announce the return of the old/original marathon course. A good honest trail marathon that isn’t for the faint hearted, but rewards those who are brave enough with bucket loads of stoke!

You head south of the event base to begin with (opposite to all other courses), following the Waitawheta River on a relatively technical single track. You’ll cross the river early on (2kms) so don’t worry too much about any mud or puddles after the start.

The trail continues on up into the native bush and eventually you’ll drop down Dean Track to more views of the Waitawheta River, and your first aid station. A short flat section along Franklin Road and through private property will take you back into the bush onto the Bluff Stream Track.

We are unable to use the Kauri Grove Track this year unfortunately, as they make the necessary upgrades to the track for Kauri Dieback (you’ll be happy to hear this does however mean one less MASSIVE hill!). Instead you will head out and back along the stunning Bluff Stream Track to get the distance (never before included in the marathon). Once back, you pass the second aid station and return towards the event base on Daly’s Clearing Track with more quality native bush lined single track all the way.

Your third aid station is behind the event base and offers a great opportunity for your support crew/fans/family to check in. Immediately after leaving Event Base you approach two swing-bridges: these are load-limited and WALKING ONLY: please wait your turn.

Then you are into the Waitawheta Pipeline and Crown Tramway Tracks, beside the tumultuous Waitawheta River once more: watch for mining ruins and relics as you pass by. Your route takes in one tunnel where HEADTORCHES are compulsory and it is strictly WALKING ONLY, please.

The fourth aid station awaits at the end of the Windows Walk: cross the swing-bridge and head up and left into delightful Scotsman Gully, a short, steep climb to test the endurance. Stretch out a little on County Road before the climbing begins in earnest - after the fifth drink station - as you begin to circle the mountain on the Number 7 Level Track. Settle into a steady rhythm up this gradual climb and keep an eye out for occasional glimpses down into the magnificent Waitawheta Gorge.

Continue climbing on the Number 7 Level Track past Dubbo 96 track: the views get better as you climb higher! Making your way around the back of Karangahake Mountain, prepare for a screaming (though slippery) descent: turn right again back onto County Road to reach the drink station just around the bend. Back onto the Number 7 Level Track, but this time turn left and get ready for another storming technical descent, this time on the famed Dubbo 96 Track.

At the bottom, your homing instincts and the sound of finish line revelry will turn you right and after re-crossing the swing-bridges, there is a final opportunity for flat, fast (if you’ve got anything left) running around Dicky Flat and across our picturesque finish line.

Roads/Trails Used: Mangakino Pack Track, Deans Track, Bluff Stream Track, Dalys clearing track, Waitawheta Pipeline Track, Crown Tramway Track, Scotsman Gully Track, Number 7 Level Track, Karangahake Mountain Track, Dubbo 96 Track.

Drink Stations: Approx 8.2km, 12.8km, 22km, 26km, 28km, 36km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Participants entered into the Super Long (Marathon) event are required to carry the following compulsory equipment at all times:

  • Base Layer Long Top Wool/Polypropylene
  • Seam Sealed Waterproof Jacket
  • Thermal Hat (Buff Accepted)
  • Thermal Gloves
  • Survival Bag/Blanket
  • Head Torch/Torch
  • Personal Medication (if required)
The race director will conduct spot checks on the start line and will strictly enforce the mandatory equipment rule. Non-compliance will result in disqualification or participants will be transferred to a shorter distance, there will be no exceptions. This is for safety reasons due to the isolated and exposed nature of the course.

Cut-off times:
  • Midday at the event base (22km)
  • 1.30pm at the top of Dubbo's Track (29km - with the option to head down Dubbos Track and not complete the loop around the mountain - but still finish)
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/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.

START TIMES

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

  • Super long – 7:30am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid – 9:45am

  • Short – 10:30am

TRANSPORT

All events start and finish at Event Base which is located at Dickey Flat Adventure Camp, 111 Dickey Flat Road, Waikino, 3682

Parking will be available on private land next to the event base. Head to Dickey's Flat Campsite and our parking marshals will direct you from there.

Carpooling

There is no specific Carpoolers area for this event - as you are all right where you need to be!
However, as we like to try and minimise our impact on the environment, and car parking space is not infinite, we hugely appreciate any efforts to carpool to events. It is also a great way to meet new buddies that you already have a common interest with!

If you'd like to get yourself a ride, or offer a space in your car, head over to Total Sport Community Group to find some new friends.

PRIZE GIVING

Prizegiving will take place at the event base (Dickey Flat Adventure Camp ) at 1.30pm. Join us as we crown the XTERRA NZ National Trail Running Champs and give out trophies to the over-all race winners, male and female, for each of the race option.

We hope many of you will hang around and enjoy the day until its prize giving time! Grab a Speight's and join us as we wrap up another great XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi.

Note: 42.2km Marathon participants only will also receive medals across the finish line.

PRIZE MONEY/WORLD CHAMPS

Contested over the 20.5km Long Course (overall):

  • 1st Male and Female $300 + Entry into the XTERRA World Champs

  • 2nd Male and Female $200 + Entry into the XTERRA World Champs

  • 3rd Male and Female $100 + Entry into the XTERRA World Champs

TROPHIES

SUPER LONG COURSE:

  • 1st Male/Female

LONG COURSE (NZ TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP):

  • 1st Male/Female Walk

  • 1st Male/Female Run

  • PRIZE MONEY EVENT - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female Overall $300, $200, $100

MID COURSE:

  • 1st Male/Female Walk

  • 1st Male/Female Run

SHORT COURSE:

  • 1st Male/Female Walk

  • 1st Male/Female Run

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

KAURI DIEBACK DISEASE

We are very privileged to have access to some wonderful tracks through some amazing native bush around the Karangahake Gorge area. We also want to keep the bush that way!! The Kauri Dieback Disease is thought to be a soil-borne species that basically root's Kauri tress, and kills them. No good at all! So please ALL follow these steps below, and if you have been running or driving in area's known to have the disease (most areas of native bush) please be extra vigilant when washing your shoes, and car tyres!

  • Make sure shoes, tyres and equipment are clean of dirt before and after visiting kauri forest.

  • Clean shoes and any other equipment that comes into contact with soil after every visit, especially if moving between bush areas.

  • Keep to defined park tracks at all times. Any movement of soil around the roots of a tree has the potential to spread the disease.

  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Dogs can inadvertently spread the disease if they disturb the soil around the trees.

Check out www.kauridieback.co.nz for more information on how you can help stop the spread.

 

AGE CATEGORIES

  • Junior - Under 13

  • Teens - 13 to 19 years

  • Open - 20 to 39 years

  • Master - 40 to 49 years

  • Vet - 50 to 59 years

  • Legend - 60+ years

Health & Safety

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OUTDOORS MARK CERTIFICATION

We always complete the 3-yearly compressive safety audit to keep our Outdoors Mark Certification current.

Although this is not compulsory for us as we aren’t classed as an ‘adventure activity operator’, we do it voluntarily to make sure we keep our most important asset (YOU GUYS! 😊) as safe as we can!