The iconic 26km course remains unchanged, with a maximum number of 500
participants (last years event sold out!); the two shorter distances include a
13km run/walk and a shorter 6.5km run/walk, both with a maximum of 500
participants in each event option. The 26km run/walk course begins
approximately 6kms up the Tukino Road in the Rangipo Desert (entrance off the
Desert Road, SH1) with a long hard climb straight up initially. From
there it's a mixture of rock hopping, lava fields, desert, alpine track (the
views are amazing), and beech forest before finishing beside the Chateau
Tongariro Hotel in Whakapapa for a rest and BBQ.
The 13km and 6.5km options will both start and loop back to the event
finish line at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.
The 2018 event will be held Saturday 27th of January 2018.