Q: Is there a T-Shirt?
A: Yep – $40 extra, select as you go through the entry process.
Q: How much water do we need to carry?
A: There will be water and electrolyte 10ks from the finish, 10km further back at the top of Sally’s Pinch (Mt Pisa), then about every 10km through the rest of the course. Except for those doing the 100k coming off Mt. Alpha about 13k between water from top to bottom. Also 15k between water from Albert Town Tavern to Bottom of Roys Peak track.
Q: Do I have to carry minimum gear?
A: The temperature most likely will change by 20 degrees (at least) throughout the race and the potential for it to snow at anytime of the year is quite plausible. Therefore Compulsory gear will be checked at registration:
- Mid-weight fleece or merino thermal top – those super light insulated jackets are also good. (something you can easily pull over your running T)
- Seam-sealed (waterproof) jacket. Shell is fine.
- Survival blanket/bag
- Thir Band/Buff or warm hat.
- Warm gloves
- 2L water carrying capacity
We will be assessing the weather – if it looks like snow on the tops (has happened in previous years) we might come back to you with an additional requirement of a long sleeve thermal top and thermal leggings (not compression or fashion leggings! Thermal = actually keep you warm).
You will need a Headlight too and reflective strips on your pack/vest for running through town before dawn.
Q: None of the race options seem “EASY”, whats with the name?
A: The name stems from the original idea of a BIG EASY mountain bike race (to buck the trend of all the ‘challenges’ and ‘epic’s out there. People then asked to run it so we added the Big Easy Mountain Marathon. Recently the 100k option has been added and we are sticking with the “Easy”theme, hence the ‘Ultra Easy’ 100…
Q: 3am race start?
A: Many times for the race start have been thrown around, but we settled on 3am for a few reasons. Everyone should get to see a great sunrise while climbing Roys Peak. We wanted a 20hr cut-off and 11pm was as late as we wanted- so 3am is as late was we can start.
Q: 20hr cutoff?!
A: There sure is! While the Ultra Easy is certainly harder than some ultra options in NZ, it is not the hardest either. We don’t want this to actually be easy, nor impossible to achieve. The 20hr cutoff is there to motivate you, to keep you always moving forward.
Q: Are there Aid Stations and drop bags?
A: Yes- see below for details. Note- drop bags are only available for those doing the Ultra Easy 100km.
Aid stations- Full- SOS or Horley’s replace Electrolyte, water, chips/pretzels, bananas, lollies. Basic- water. Drop bags must be clearly marked with race # and name. These need to be packed and left at registration on Friday night by 6pm!
- Albert Town- Basic
- Start of Leg 3/Bottom Roys peak (27km)- Full + drop bags
- Mt Alpha- Basic
- Start of Leg 4/ Cardrona Valley (50km) – Full + drop bags
- Little Criffle- Basic
- Start of Leg 5/ Snow farm Lodge- Full (73km) + drop bags
- Mt Pisa- Basic
- 10ks to go- Basic
- Finish – full!!