“Highest Mountain Marathon in New Zealand”
Saturday 23rd January 2021. 1pm Start at the Snow Farm Lodge. Most people catch a bus from race finish area at Luggate or Wanaka and get taken to this point. All others in their own vehicle please meet at the Snow Farm Lodge (up at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds) for pre-race registration between 11am-12.45pm. Your run follows the Mountain Bike route over Mt. Pisa and down to Luggate. (The late start time will actually make the race slightly cooler for the majority of finishers).
The Big Easy Mountain marathon starts at the Snow Farm (1521m) and now winds its way south around the easy gradient cross-country ski trails of the Snow Farm before coming back to the lodge then dropping down into the Roaring Meg valley. From this point it is a steady uphill climb toward Mt. Pisa via the Kirsty Burn track. The course veers left before the summit at 1916m then there is a wee dip through ‘Sally’s pinch’ before your second aid station at the highest point of the race, 1946m, before heading downhill toward Luggate. The downhill does, in places, require you to watch where you are putting your feet! The scenery is specatular but the ground is quite rough under foot. The down hill gets steeper as you get closer to the bottom – treat this is a mountain mission, a day in the hills, take you time and enjoy. If you wanna actually ‘race’ it be prepared for seriously distressed quads for the rest of the week! Winning time is just over 3hrs – average time is 5-6hrs, some do take nearly the full 10hrs.
Course closes at 11pm – 10hr cut-off – heaps of time! Recreational walkers welcome.
All Marathon Finishers entered before 11th January will receive a Medal,
Marathon entry fees Includes post race food and refreshments, a couple of well stocked aid stations and potentially a race photo.
$105 early-bird (until 1st November) $145 standard. – Late fee $35 extra from midnight Monday 11th Jan.
Registration and race briefing
Registration From 11am-12.45pm at the Snow Farm Lodge. Online entries close Wednesday 15 January at 8pm. (you’ll need to bring Cash to the registration desk).
Race briefing 12.45pm at the Lodge –
Prize giving- 7pm at Finish Area
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
You will also need to carry up to 1L water for some sections of the race and you really should bring some of your own nutrition.
Bus to race start
Must be pre-booked with registration, $30 – LEAVING the finish area at Luggate 11am and Pembroke Park at 11.15am.
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.