24km Run / Walk
The 24km event is designed for people who want to know what all this Ultra fuss is about but haven't quite got the Ultra running bug. It's not an Ultra, but let's call it "mini" to get you hooked. It starts outside the Kinloch Hall on the Kinloch Domain and takes runners through the streets of Kinloch before sending them off into the wonderful Great Lakes W2K trails to the finishline at Whakaipo.
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Start time: 12pm at the Kinloch Domain, Kinloch
Race Briefing: The race briefing for the 24 km event will take place at 11.45am prior to the start outside the Kinloch Hall on the Kinloch Domain
Registration: Is available on Friday 13 October at the Wairakei Resort between 4pm and 9 pm or at the Kinloch Hall from 10.30am to 11.30am on Saturday 14 October
Bus timetable: The 24 km buses leave from Whakaipo Bay at 10.30am. They will then drive to the start of the event at Kinloch Hall. Book your bus here. Please ensure you select the correct bus when purchasing online
Aid stations: There are two aid stations for this event they are located along the trail at 5.6km and 15.4km. The Aid Stations are stocked with lollies, gingernuts, chips, pretzels, sandwiches (peanut butter or vegemite) bananas and Oranges, water, electrolyte drink and coke. Fluid will be available in cups and water containers to enable competitors to fill up drink bottles or bladders. Aid stations are clearly marked on the course maps. (distances approx)
Driving instructions to the startline. (allow 20mins from Taupo) Head out of Taupo to the Thermal Explorer Highway go across the control gate bridge and head up the hill for 1km. Turn left into Poihipi Road, travel along Poihipi Road for 9.7km, then turn left into Whangamata Road (follow signs to Kinloch) , travel along Whangamata road before turning left into Kinloch road, after 2.1 km turn right to stay on Kinloch Road, then turn left into the Domain carpark
Spectators: Due to the remoteness of the 24km event there are no spectator points except for the start at Kinloch and the finish at Whakaipo Bay. Those active spectators who want to cheer on their runners should meet them at the style at the end of the gravel road at the end of Whakaipo bay and run along the road to the finish with them.
24 kms statistics for the geeky people out there:
- Elevation gain 1329
- Elevation loss 1317
- Single trail 89%
- Offroad 3%
- Road 8%