“A good honest 100ks…”
Saturday 27th January 2018. 3am start (yes, in the MORNING, yes it will be dark) from the Albert Town Tavern (300m above sea leavel). Start off with a warm up over Mt Iron (548m) then long and gentle through Wanaka and around the lake to the Roy’s Peak car park and your first aid station/relay change point… then you start to climb. You’ll be getting to the top of Roys Peak (1578m) around sunrise, dawn is long so there will be plenty of light from 5am. Down a wee bit then across and over Mt Alpha (1630m). Now you have a long downhill down the Spots Creek track to the Caradrona valley and your second aid station/relay change over point. Cross the road and the cardrona River then up the Little Criffle DOC Track to the top of the ridge at 1341m. Now you head south to Bob Lee hut (3rd aid station/relay change point) and follow the Marathon course over Mt. Pisa (1963m 4th aid station) and down to the bottom of the hill and the Lake McKay woolshed and aid station/relay change point number 5. Run under the main road below the Wanaka airport, from here you hop onto the Clutha River track all the way back to Albert Town Tavern. There will be another aid station about 6km from the finish. Click here for full maps and course photos.
Course closes at 11pm. Cut-offs will be strictly enforced. Power walkers welcome – recreational walkers… you’re probably not going to make the cut. You must leave the following aid stations by (or get pulled off the course):
Cardrona – 36k 11am, Bob Lee hut (Marathon Start basically) – 56k 3.30pm, Lake McKay Woolshed – 88k 9pm.
All 100k solo Finishers entered before 18th January will receive a Medal.
100k entry fee Includes post race beer or cider, meal, some well stocked aid stations, race photo and a medal…
$210 early-bird (until 1st November) $240 standard. – Late fee $30 extra from midnight 19th Jan. Relay entry fee depends how many in the team – click here.
Registration and race briefing
Online entries close Thurday 25 January at 8pm. Registration From 2pm-6pm on the Friday at Albert Town Tavern. No entries accepted after 6pm Friday night (you’ll need to bring Cash on Friday). Race briefing 6pm.
Sunday morning Brunch and prize giving- 10am at Albert Town Tavern
Compulsory gear will be checked at registration Two top thermal layers plus a seam sealed water proof jacket, thermal leggings, warm hat/thirband, gloves, whistle, survival blanket. You will need a Headlight too and reflective pack/vest for running through town at 3am.
You will also need to carry up to 2L water for some sections of the race and you really should bring some of your own nutrition.
These first two video’s don’t do justice to the visual splendor of the country -they’re quite old but they do give you an idea of the type of country you’ll encounter over the final 42km.