“A good honest 100ks…” (Yeh OK, that’s a lie, it’s closer to 106km)
Saturday 27th January 2018. 3am start (yes, in the MORNING, yes it will be dark) from the NEW Start/Finish area in Luggate. (300m above sea leavel). Start off with a ‘pretty flat’ run on farm tracks, under the main road below the Wanaka airport, from here you hop onto the Clutha River track all the way to Albert Town. (Aid station 1 and first relay change) Then you have the first gentle wee climb up over Mt Iron (548m) then along through Wanaka and around the lake to the Roy’s Peak car park and your 2nd aid station/relay change point… then you start to climb. The leaders will 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 third 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 the Snow Farm Lodge (fourth aid station/relay change point) and follow the last 35km of the Marathon course over Mt. Pisa (1963m 5th aid station) and down to the bottom of the hill – 3 more km of flat and you are at Luggate and finished! Complementary Food and refreshments at the finish line. Heaps of easy parking by start/finish area. Courtesy van to take you back to Wanaka if necessary. 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 – 48k 12.30pm, Snow Farm Lodge – 72k 5.30pm, We will be monitoring you on the long down-hill… if there is no way you are going to make it down by 11pm the tail end vehicle will insist you jump in for a ride.
All 106k solo Finishers entered before 18th January will receive a Medal.
106k entry fee Includes post race food and refreshments, some well stocked aid stations and a medal (of sorts)…
$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 4pm-6pm on the Friday at The Start Finish Area at Luggate Click Here for a map of marathon key points. 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.