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The 50K WAI2K Ultra

The Details
Please read this page before entering. Entry link at the bottom of page

The WAI2K 50km 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 over to then switch onto Puffer Saddle - for some the most challenging part of the course. Onwards to Kaitoke Aid Station which is around 5-6km from Puffer entrance.
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 head over the bridge and begin 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 head right all of the way along to the finish line at Upper Picnic area.
From here you have the Mangaroa tunnel - Pondys Loop - Firebreak trail before you hit Climie. Take a Left here down to the finish line.

Compulsory Gear

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.

  1. First Aid Kit including strapping tape and/or bandage (for sprains etc). Must be a fully equipped kit

  2. Emergency bag/blanket

  3. Seam-sealed Windproof/waterproof Jacket (See image below for seam-sealed example)

  4. Thermal long sleeved top (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop/Baselayer etc))

  5. Gloves (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop - Merino/wool type gloves)

  6. THIR and/or warm hat (Insulating/Thermal/Polyprop)

  7. Water (At least 1L capacity). Front bottles advised as we have NO CUPS at all Aid Stations

  8. Food/Nutrition (There will be aid stations but please do not rely on this as a main source of nutrition)

  9. Compass (on GPS device is fine)

  10. Topo Maps on your Mobile Device (NZ Topo etc)

  11. Whistle

  12. Fully charged mobile device with emergency contacts including race officials.

  13. 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)

Recommended Items

  1. Add the WAI2K course to Google Maps on your phone, as it comes in handy if you go off course.

  2. Head Torch (Mangaroa Tunnel). Note - you can get through with your phone light

  3. Phone charging device/power bank

  4. Calf/Arm Sleeves

  5. A PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)

  6. 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.

  7. GPX of the course uploaded to your device.

NOTE: Drop Bags can be taken from race start to the finish line for you. Drop bags are also provided if you require.

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.

50K Vert (minus Mt Climie)

wai 50k vert
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