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Tarawera Ultramarathon Entries Now Open

Tarawera Ultramarathon race directorPaul Charteris gives us the run down on the Tarawera entries that open today-

Entries for the 2015 Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon open at 11am on Sunday 1 June NZ time. It’s alway super exciting seeing how popular the race has become – although this year I am genuinely worried about the server crashing. 

In what is almost a perfect storm (pardon the pun) with the rapid growth of the event facebook group, massive exposure in the trail ultra community provided by the Ultra-Trail World Tour and international TV broadcasts going out to over 20 countries, expect entries to sell out. Combine that with a few hundred runners who have still not made it to Kawerau (sorry about the weather) and really want to do so – and I expect entries to sell out pretty quickly. Other similar events around the world sell fill up in a day or sometimes hours.

My best guess (and it is purely a guess) is that all 1000 entries for next years race will be snapped up in a few days or perhaps a few weeks in June. When the race is full we’ll have a waitlist and new entrants will be allowed to enter as runners withdraw. When the race is full and we have a waitlist, you will not be able to transfer your entry to other runners. All the details about entries, refunds and the waitlist are on the website.  No matter if the race fills up in five hours or five weeks – I’ll keep you in touch with how full the race is on the event facebook group.

For some extra motivation and inspiration, the interviews, media coverage, photos, videos and race reports are all collated here: trailrunz.blogspot.co.nz  Enjoy!!

Watch Racing The Cyclone: The story of the 2014 Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon.


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  1. Hi,running an ultra in NZ would be just great.Started trail running last year although I did my first 30k more than 25 years ago.Been running half marathons barefoot and minimal for a few years now.Perhaps an ultra in a couple of year if I build up the mileage.

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