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Event Info

Everything you need to know about the Raglan Karioi Trail

What you need to know


There are 3 race options:

  • 24km single or team relay.
  • 10km run or walk
  • Mini Karioi Trail – 2km for kids 12yrs and under.

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Early Bird Pricing is available if you purchase your entry prior to 15 October 2017.

Standard entry pricing applies from 16 October to 7 December.

Late entry pricing (cash only) applies to 8 and 9 December.

24km Race

  Early Bird Standard Entry Late Entry
Adult $55 $70 $80
U18 $30 $40 $50
2 person Team $70 $100 $120

 

10km Run/Walk

  Early Bird Standard Entry Late Entry
Adult $40 $55 $65
U18 $20 $30 $40

 

Mini Karioi Trail

  Early Bird Standard Entry Late Entry
2km Kids $10 $10 $10

Please note:
Online entries close at 10:00pm on Thursday 7 December 2017. If you wish to enter after this time, you will need to do so on Friday at Bow street depot from 4:30pm to 7:30pm or at Saturday morning registration (Finish line village) from 6:30am to 8:00am. No Eftpos, Cash only.

Event registration will take place on Friday 8 December 2017 from 4.30 to 7:30pm at The Bow St Depot restaurant (Bow Street, Raglan) and on Saturday 9 December 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00am next to the 24km start/finish line (Swann’s farm).

Please note there is no registrations accepted for the 10km on their start line.

Participants can collect their bibs (for those already registered) and register. There will be no Eftpos available at either of these times so cash only thanks.

For the Mini Karioi Trail, Kids 2km, the Saturday registration is open until 1:00pm next to the start line.

Distance                   Start time                  Pre race briefing      
24km 8:00 am 7:45 am
10km 10:00 am 9:45 am
Kids 2km              1:30 pm                   1:15 pm      

It’s around 1850m ascent… and same descent!

Runners have 8 hours to complete it – so no need to run the whole time.

Start and finish lines are at the same point.

Drink stations: 3

Terrain: Farmland, bush, mud, roots, rocks, ladders, chains.

Feedback confirms this is a tough, technical race! You need to be prepared. Most of the run is on rough, slippery surface…

Off road running shoes are highly recommended.

A few parts are too steep to run so get ready for the challenge!!

The start and finish lines are on John and Beave Swan’s farm on the Ruapuke side of the Karioi mountain (see the mapometer plan below) at the end of Karioi Road (click here to see the map). The start line is 600m from the Ruapuke road.

The entire course is marked with ribbon, arrows, orange triangles (DOC signs) and yellow and blue triangles. Marshalls will direct you at all turning points.

You will run on the DOC track (orange triangles) going through the Swan’s farm for 1.5kms and then turn right uphill for 400m before getting onto the forest track. After 1.35kms of running uphill you will reach the summit of Mount Karioi for the first time (km 3.25). From there, you will continue straight along the ridge for 1.75kms where you will turn left beginning the downhill to Whaanga Road (km 5). After 2.3km, you will arrive at the car park of Te Toto Gorge (Drink Station #1) (km 7.5), you will turn right and follow the gravel road for 2.6kms eventually turning right to run through Chris Banks’s farm (See mapometer and follow the arrows).  Back on the road you will need to run another 2.3kms before turning right, just before Whale Bay’s roundabout, direction Karioi Lodge. Please run on the left side of the road, there is no road closure of Whaanga Rd but a traffic management plan with a speed limit at 30 km/h. When you get to the Lodge (Drink Station #2) (km 14.1) take the famous Karioi Lodge Loop Track (yellow triangles), a steady climb uphill again. After 1.2kms on the Loop Track, you will need to turn left to get back to the summit (blue triangles).You will run 3.2kms and arrive back on the track you ran before at the intersection (km 19), here you’ll take a left (Drink Station #3). You will need to run to reach the Karioi summit for the second time and then go down to the finish line (km24). Congratulations, you did it!

http://www.mapometer.com/running/route_4324761.html

It’s around 900m ascent.

Drink stations: 1

Terrain: Farmland, bush, mud, roots, rocks, ladders

Feedback confirms this is a tough, technical race! You need to be prepared. Most of the run is on rough, slippery surface…

Off road running shoes are highly recommended.

A few parts are too steep to run so get ready for the challenge!!
It’s not because it is only 10kms that mean it’s easy… look at the mapometer link below and check the ascent!

But it’s an easier way to be part of the Raglan Karioi Trail and reach the finish line where free BBQ and Beers are waiting for you!

The start is on the Karioi Lodge car park (Whale bay) and the finish line on the other side of the Karioi mountain on John and Beave Swan’s farm (see the mapometer plan below) at the end of Karioi Road.
The entire course is marked with ribbon, arrows, orange triangles (DOC signs) and yellow and blue triangles. Marshalls will direct you at all turning points.
So you start from the car park and run on the way to Karioi Lodge office. From there you will take the famous Karioi Lodge Loop Track (yellow triangles). This is where you start the climb. After 1.2kms on the Loop Track, you will need to turn left (blue triangles). You will run 3.2kms and after a really steep part, you will arrive at the intersection between Te Toto Gorge and the Karioi Summit track. You’ll take a left (Drink Station). You will need to run to reach the Karioi summit and then go down to the finish line (km10). Congratulations, you did it!

http://nz.mapometer.com/running/route_4086784.html

Course Description - Mini Karioi Trail

This event is for kids aged 7 to 12 years old.
There are two age categories, 7-9 yrs and 10-12 yrs.
The run is situated on the Swann’s Farm. Same start and finish than the 24km.

http://nz.mapometer.com/running/route_3949827.html

You will share the distance like a relay. You will have one bib between the two of you, the same bib for the whole race, the relay/ change-over point is at the end of Chris Banks’ farm, back on the gravel road (12km). A marshal will validate the change-over.

Remember Whaanga rd is open to traffic but restricted to 30km/h in both directions from 8.30a.m to 1.00p.m . You can drop your relay partner at the race start, support them for the start and then drive around Ruapuke rd and stop at the 12km relay exchange point. Your team mate will then take the car back to meet you at the finish line (same as start).

Only for 24km single and team relay.

For the safety of all competitors and event personnel during the event, two cut-off times have been implemented. All participants must reach the allocated points within the maximum time frame indicated below. These cut-off times have been based on completing the course within 8 hours.

A marshal will be positioned on Te Toto Gorge’s car park, 7.3kms into the course, race participants will need to reach this point within 2 hours 45 minutes.

A second cut off point is positioned at The Karioi Lodge, 14km into the course. Participants will need to have reached this point within 4 hours 30 minutes.

Participants who do not make the cut-off time will be turned around and accompanied by course personnel to their cars or the start line.

Mini Karioi Trail: male and female

– 7 to 9 years
– 10 to 12 years

24k and 10km: male and female

– 13 to 17 years
– 18 to 39 years
– 40 to 59 years
– over 60 years

No age category for Team event relay

10km walk: male and female

From Raglan take the State Highway (towards Hamilton) for 6kms and turn left on Kauroa-Kawhia Rd towards Te Mata.
Or from Hamilton 4km after Te Uku turn right on Kauroa-Kawhia Rd towards Te Mata.

Just before you reach Te Mata village (after 7.5kms) turn right onto Ruapuke road. Then drive for an other 7.3kms and turn right onto a gravel Rd (Karioi Rd). 300m and you’re there. A large parking area is available adjacent to the race Start/ Finish.

Karioi road on goolge map 

Only for 10km

To reach the start line, we will provide a free bus starting from the finish line. (Swann’s farm – End of Karioi Road)
The idea is that you leave your car on the finish line and jump in the bus to be drop in Whale bay.
The bus will start at 8.45am from the corner of Karioi Road and Ruapuke Road. It take around 35 min to go to Whale bay.
it’s very important to book and confirm if you will take the bus when you register even if it’s a free service. We need to know the number to organise it. If you register after the monday 4 december 2017, we can’t garanty a place in the bus.

  • Off road running shoes are highly recommended:

    It’s very slippery. The majority of the trail is off road with surfaces varying from compacted soil, roots, mud, steps, rocks, gravel road.

  • A drink carrying device.

  • Sunscreen
  • Water-proof Jacket
  • Running Cap
  • Cereal bars and food. Only fruits and biscuits on drink station.

If you need specific gear for trail running, go and see Colin at Trek’n Travel Hamilton (221A Victoria St, Hamilton 07 839 5681). Tell him you come from Raglan Karioi Trail and you will get a good deal.

There are toilets on the start/finish line.
For the 10km start, Walk or run (light warm up) to the Karioi lodge (300m away) and follow the toilet sign!

Equity, respect for other people and the environment, mutual aid and solidarity are the fundamental principles directing the organisation and the running of the Raglan Karioi Trail.
Our race is open to everybody. Our rules are made for everybody and are applied identically to everybody. All the athletes have the same conditions, and they have the same rights and the same duties.
Our race takes place in the mountains. This is a fragile natural environment, in which it is necessary to protect the balance ensuing both from biodiversity and human activity. 
Our event has to contribute to the general awareness of the fragility of the natural surroundings. We make every effort to reduce our impact. We also recognise with lucidity that there are inevitable impacts and we make a commitment to do all we can to rectify them.
We encourage you to minimise your impact on the environment through which you pass by adopting an as environmentally-friendly attitude as possible:
drop nothing on the ground (including that we don’t see) in any area along the route (including in the inhabited zones)
do not shortcut the paths as this causes harmful erosion to the site
preserve the flora, respect the fauna, and avoid making inappropriate noise
to rigorously respect the rules of the nature reserves
The mountains are a hostile environment where man has learnt the rules of solidarity and to help each other so as to live and prosper there. For this reason we ask each participant of the Raglan Karioi Trail in whatever place or circumstance they are in, to make it their priority to go to help any other person in danger or in difficulty so long as they are not endangering themselves by doing so.

There is no closure to the road on Whaanga Rd but a traffic management plan with a speed limit at 30 km/h will be in place. All participants must run on the left side of the road.

The prize giving is at the finish line at 2.30pm. To be sure you will enjoy your after race, we will provide 2 free sausages and 2 coins to get one free beer offer by Pilot Brewery and one Mamas Kombucha (organic, raw, natural pro biotic drink created by a nutritionalist) offer by Mamas Brew Shop per runner.