The 100K WAI2K Ultra
Please read this page before entering. Entry link at the bottom of page
The WAI2K 100km Course Starts at the Woodside train station in Greytown. Runners head along Underhill road for 4.5km before hitting the new Swingbridge along Underhill to Bucks road turn off.
You then follow Bucks road around to the camp site and first Aid Station area. Stock up here as you have around 14km until the next Aid Station.
Frith track is tough. You follow this until you hit Pylon track where you follow this until you take on Puffer Saddle - some say the hardest part of the course. 5-6km away is the next Aid Station at Kaitoke.
From here there is a private land section before you head up Norbett Creek loop track - a tough climb before a steep technical downhill to Rivendell area.
Another Aid Station here before you follow Swingbridge loop track (closed until 2024 unfortunately) around and then you hit Kaitoke Ridge track. This trail is steep and takes you along the ridge line until you get to Te Marua Aid Station.
A short road section before you take forestry trails towards the underpass of SH2 which takes you to Station Drive.
Once here, you hit a 'T' intersection where you now follow straight through along Goat Rock track until you hit the incline trail.
Follow this all of the way down to Cross creek, taking in the Summit, tunnels and swing bridge along the way. Once at the Cross Creek Aid Station, turn around and follow the same trails back until just past the Summit. You take a right and follow Back road (NOW open for 2023) around until it takes you back to the incline trail.
Now you simply follow the trail back to the 'T' intersection, hang a left and carry on until you can see the finish line area.
You run past the finish line area, and follow the Mangaroa tunnel around the 5km circuit which takes you up to Mt Climie. Now you climb! Once you are at the top, you turn around here once you cross the mat and are checked off by the marshal. Now it's time for the downhill for 6km to the finish line.
Please note that if the weather is looking good, we may allow you to put some of your gear in a drop bag for later in the day/night.
First Aid Kit including strapping tape and/or bandage (for sprains etc). Must be a fully equipped kit
Seam-sealed Windproof/waterproof Jacket (See image below for seam-sealed example)
Thermal long sleeved top (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop/Baselayer etc))
Gloves (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop - Merino/wool type gloves)
THIR and/or warm hat (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop)
Water (At least 1L capacity). Front bottles advised as we have NO CUPS at all Aid Stations
Food/Nutrition (There will be aid stations but please do not rely on this as a main source of nutrition)
Compass (on GPS device is fine)
Topo Maps on your Mobile Device (NZ Topo etc)
Head Torch (Night running/Tunnels) plus spare battery(s)
Fully charged mobile device with emergency contacts including race officials.
Hi Viz Vest for the morning road leg to Bucks Campsite (You can leave these at Bucks Aid Station, and will be brought to the finish for you)
Add the WAI2K course to Google Maps on your phone, as it comes in handy if you go off course.
Phone charging device/power bank
A PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)
Tramping poles (Not for everyone I know, but if you wish to use them - feel free). If you wish to use them for part of the event, you will need a supporter to take them to the particular section (Mt Climie for example). I took some for the first 43km and found them handy, especially Norbert Creek Loop (around 26km mark). You'll understand when you get there.
GPX of the course uploaded to your device.
Must be thermal/Insulating. Polypro/Base Layer. Available at all outdoors stores. Just ask!
Must be Thermal/Insulating. Base Layer/Polyprop. Available at all outdoors stores.
100k will need for night running/tunnels. Can leave at 43k Aid Station Drop bag point
MUST be thermal/insulating. Polypro/Merino/Possum. If it gets icy out, make sure they work!
Must be enough for strapping up sprains if you injure yourself and need to get to the next Aid Station.
Can be either a bag or a blanket. Avaialble from all outdoors stores
Use front flasks if you can as we have NO CUPS at our aid stations. You've been told.
In case it rains, and blows a gale you will be happy you have it. MUST be seam sealed/waterproof/windproof and have a hood
You'll need a thermal/insulating hat. Available at all outdoors stores. Must be able to keep your head warm/insulated if you get stuck on course
Comes on most race packs these days
Must have all the essentials. Available online or at all outdoors stores. Also available via your WUU registration. Limited available at race rego
Hi Viz vest for the road leg. $10 from Mitre 10
The Important Stuff
Full event details will be emailed to all competitors 2 weeks out from race weekend. For now, please read the following details for an overview.
Drop Bags can also be taken to the 43km point Aid Station (Station Drive). You transition through here twice. A good place for fresh shoes/headlights. Drop bags will be provided for you.