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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:

  • The G.J. Gardner Homes 24km run
  • The Red Stag Timber 10km run or walk
  • The Trek 'n' Travel 5km family run

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Super Early Bird pricing is available if you purchase your entry prior to 31 July 2021 or the limit of the first 120 registrations.

Early Bird pricing is available if you purchase your entry prior to 11 October 2021 or the limit of the first 220 registrations.

Standard Entry pricing applies from 12 October to 8 December 2021.

Late entry pricing (cash only) applies to 10 and 11 December.

Please note, entries will be capped at 450 this year, so make sure you are in and register early.

  

All entries come with a free BBQ sausage (vegan option available) and a free drink after your run. As well as a text message with your time as soon as you cross the finish line.

 

G.J. Gardner Homes 24km Run

 

Super early Bird

Early Bird

Standard Entry

Late Entry

Adult

$69

$81

$92

$99

U18

$30

$35

$40

$50

 

Red Stag Timber 10km Run/Walk*

 

Super early Bird

Early Bird

Standard Entry

Late Entry

Adult

$52

$62

$72

$80

U18

$25

$30

$35

$40

 

Trek 'n' Travel 5km Run/Walk

 

Super early Bird

Early Bird

Standard Entry

Late Entry

Adult

$30

$35

$40

$45

U18

$10

$15

$20

$30

 

* does not include the event transport from Finish line to Start line prior to the race. $12 bus needs to be booked separately if required. Only for 10km!!

 

Family Discount: 

If you are registering 4 or more person from the same family in the same time, you will benefit of a %15 discount of the total price. 

 Group Discount: 

 If you are registering as a group of 5 or more in the same time you will benefit of a 10% discount of the total price.

Please note:
Online entries close at 11:00pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021. If you wish to enter after this time, you will need to do so on Friday 10 December at Isobar (23 Bow Street, Raglan) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm or at Saturday morning registration (Finish line village) from 6:30am to 10:00am. No Eftpos, Cash only.

Event registration will take place on Friday 10 December 2021 from 4.30 to 7:30pm at Isobar (23 Bow street, raglan) and on Saturday 11 December 2021 next to the 24km and 5km start/finish line - event village (65 Karioi Rd).

Please note that registration for the 10km Saturday morning is at the event village (65 Karioi rd) until 8:30am. This is where you will finish your run/walk. Your start is on the other side of Karioi (Whale Bay) and there is no registration there. If you want to pick up your bib or register Saturday morning for the 10km, you need to come to the finish line first!!!! and then hop in the bus to reach the start line.

 

Registration’s time on Saturday morning:

G.J. Gardner Homes 24km: 6:30 to 7:30am

Red Stag Timber 10km: 7:30 to 8:30am

Trek 'n' Travel 5km: 8:00 to 10:00am

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.

Distance                   Start time                  Pre race briefing      
G.J. Gardner Homes 24km 8:00 am 7:45 am
Red Stag Timber 10km 10:00 am 9:45 am
Trek 'n' Travel 5km              11.00am                   10.45 pm      

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

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

Remember this is a running race! So if you have planned to picnic while entering the event, please do it an other time to respect the volunteers who are waiting for you all around the Karioi Maunga. This is for the safety of everyone. Thanks! 

Start and finish lines are at the same point: Event village - 65 Karioi road.

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…

The 24km require a good level of fitness and mountain running skills.

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 at the end of Karioi Road. 

The entire course is marked with 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 1.5 kms and then turn right uphill for 400m before getting onto the forest bush track. After 1.35 kms 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 1.75 kms where you will turn left beginning the downhill to Whaanga Road (km 5). After 2.3 km, 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 2.6 kms eventually turning right to run through farmland.  Back on the road you will need to run another 2.3 kms before turning right, just before Whale Bay’s roundabout, direction The Institute of Awesome. Please run on the left side of the road, there is no road closure of Whaanga Rd but a traffic management plan in place. When you get to the Lodge (Drink Station #2) (km 14.1) you will follow the yellow triangles, a steady climb uphill again. After 1.2kms on the yellow triangles 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!

https://nz.mapometer.com/running/route_5177405.html

Video 24km run

It’s around 900m ascent.

Remember this is a running/walking race! So if you have planned to picnic while entering the event, please do it an other time to respect the volunteers who are waiting for you all around the Karioi Maunga. This is for the safety of everyone. Thanks! 

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…

The 10km require a good level of fitness and mountain running/walking skills.

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 Beer are waiting for you!

The start is on The Institute of Awesome car park (5 Whaanga road, Whale bay) and the finish line on the other side of the Karioi mountain on Swanny's farm at the end of Karioi Road. You can book a bus transfer from finish line to start line (See infos below).

To reach the start line, we will provide a bus starting from the finish line. (Swann’s farm – 65 Karioi Road) This service need to be booked separately during your online registration. It’s $12.
The idea is that you leave your car on the finish line and jump in the bus to be drop in Whale bay.

The entire course is marked with black arrows, orange triangles (DOC signs) and yellow and blue triangles. Marshalls will direct you at all turning points.
You start from the car park and run on the way to The Institute of Awesome office. From there you will take the famous Karioi Lodge Loop Track (yellow triangles). This is where you start the climb. After 1.2 kms on the Loop Track, you will need to turn left (blue triangles). You will run 3.2 kms 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!

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

This is an event for all the family. No ages restriction, everyone can run or walk.

The Trek 'n' Travel 5km race is a loop on the farm starting and finishing like her bigger sister the 24km!

The run is situated on the Swann’s farm. It will be well marked and the highlight is at half way when you will get out of the bush… and see the Ruapuke coast and south of it!!

This is a trail run/walk so we recommend to have the right shoes with good grip.

https://nz.mapometer.com/running/route_4729003.html

 

Only for 24km

For the safety of all competitors, marshalls and volunteers 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.

5km: male and female

- Under 12
- Under 18
- Open

 

24km and 10km run: male and female

–  U18
– 18 to 39 years
– 40 to 59 years
– over 60 years

 

10km walk: male and female

From Raglan take the State Highway 23 (towards Hamilton) for 6 kms and turn right onto Te Mata Rd towards Te Mata.

From Hamilton 4 km after Te Uku turn left onto Te Mata Rd towards Te Mata.

Just before you reach Te Mata village (after 7.5kms) turn right onto Ruapuke Rd. Then drive for another 7.3 kms and turn right onto the gravel road (Karioi Rd), a further 300m and you’ll arrive at the event village. 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 bus starting from the finish line. (Swann’s farm – 65 Karioi Road) This service need to be booked separately during your online registration. It’s $12.
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 it in advance as we need to know the number to organise it. If you register after the Monday 6 December 2021, we can’t guaranty 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 is compulsory for all G.J. Gardner Homes 24km and Red Stag Timber 10km participants. For the Trek 'n' Travel 5km it's highly recommended. 

           Remember that the drink station on the ridge is just for emergency drink and not to refill your device. You need to share the water with all other participants as the litres of it is limited. The volunteers are carrying the water up there!!

  • 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.

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.

Risk Disclosure and Acknowledgment  

I have read and understand the information regarding the Raglan Karioi Trail and I agree to enter this event at my own risk 

I accept that running involves a real risk of serious injury, illness and in extreme cases death. From various causes including accidents with other competitors, course of weather conditions, dehydration and other causes.

By competing in this event, I accept all risks related to my participation in the event.

Accordingly, I release all persons or organizations associated directly or indirectly with the running of the event from all claims or demands and proceedings arising out of my participation and I hereby indemnify them against all liability (including liability for their negligence and the negligence of others) for all injury, loss or damage arising out of or connected with my participation in this event.

This release shall extend to and include Raglan Karioi Trail and their respective directors, partners, managers, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers including medical and paramedical personnel appointed for the event, the owners, licensees and occupiers of land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted, any statutory body or local authority having control over any land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted or which is involved directly or indirectly with the event in any manner whatsoever and promoters, sponsors and event organizers.

I acknowledge that although the event has medical personnel and resources at various points along the course, the inaccessibility of much of the trail will make it difficult or impossible for medical assistance to reach me immediately and extractions may take a period of time

I consent to receiving any medical treatment that the event organizers think desirable during or after the event. Safety precautions undertaken by organizers (such as course supervision, and race safety briefings) are a service to me and other competitors but are not a guarantee of safety.

I hereby attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for this event.

I understand that competing in this event may involve running and walking on wilderness trails with rocks, roots, stream crossings, and up and down steep terrain. The hazards may include but are not limited to; challenging terrain, rocks, roots, adjacent streams, rivers, motor vehicle traffic, slippery surfaces, loose rocks, soft sand, weather conditions, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, actions of spectators, other competitors, general public and the event organisers personnel.

I agree to comply with the rules and directions of event officials and their personnel.

I will stay on the marked course at all times, unless instructed by event staff

I will obey all course marking.

I accept that I will be pulled of the race if I don't make the official cut off times.

If race management indicate that compulsory gear is needed in this year’s edition of the race, I will wear or take the compulsory safety equipment required by the event.

Any participant who is unable to finish the event must inform the nearest event staff of their decision to withdraw and make sure their race number is recorded, or text the safety phone number. (indicated on bibs).

Participants who leave the course/event without informing staff of their race number will be classified as “missing”. The participant will be contacted on their mobile phone and their emergency contact will be called. If there is no response from either party or the emergency contact does not know the status of the runner, a search will be activated.  Any search related costs will be charged to the participant.

Anti-Doping Policy and Statement: Race management reserves the right to drug test any participant competing in this event – from the time of registration to after the completion of the event.  Agreement to submit to drug testing is a condition of entry.

I agree that Raglan Karioi Trail and any sponsor of this event may use information contained in this form for purposes connected with the event, and to provide me with details of other products, services and events from time to time.

I authorize Raglan Karioi Trail to disclose information to any sponsor of this event for such purposes. I understand that we have rights under the Privacy Act 1993 to access and correct any information held about me.

I will be drug and alcohol free for this event.

If the event is cancelled due to flood, cyclone, torrential rains or other 'acts of God' conditions, I understand that the entry fee will not be refunded.

In the case of poor meteorological conditions, and for reasons of safety, the organization reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

As a participant I agree to carry any personal medication that I may require.

The race bib must be worn on the chest or the stomach and must be permanently and fully visible throughout the entire race.

Race marshals present on the course, and those in charge of different control and refreshment posts are authorized to uphold regulations and to disqualified for non-respect of the following points:

  • Taking a serious shortcut

  • Throwing away rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of their team.

  • Not respecting people (organization or runners).

  • Not helping someone in difficulty.

  • Cheating (e.g. using transport, sharing race number etc.).

 

Event refunds, transfers, withdrawals and event cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your participation from the Raglan Karioi Trail, we will refund you the entry minus a $25 administration fee before Thursday 11th November 2021. After this date, there will be no refund made for this event.

You can change distance until Monday 6th December 2021. We will not refund price difference if you downgrade distance and you will have to pay a $10 admin fee. If you decide to upgrade distance, you will have to pay the price difference and $10 admin fee.

You can transfer your registration to another person with a $20 admin fee until Monday 6th December. This person will have to accept the waiver 2021 and send us all necessary details.

If we have to cancel the Raglan Karioi Trail 2021 due to the Covid-19, we will refund your entry fee full price minus $15 admin fee.

 

The prize giving is at the finish line at 2.00pm. Plenty of spots prizes and a medal for podium categories. To be sure you will enjoy your after race, we will provide 1 free sausage and one free drink. There will be vegan options.

Event refunds, transfers, withdrawals and event cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your participation from the Raglan Karioi Trail, we will refund you the entry minus a $25 administration fee before Thursday 11th November 2021. After this date, there will be no refund made for this event.

You can change distance until Monday 6th December 2021. We will not refund price difference if you downgrade distance and you will have to pay a $10 admin fee. If you decide to upgrade distance, you will have to pay the price difference and $10 admin fee.

You can transfer your registration to another person with a $20 admin fee until Monday 6th December. This person will have to accept the waiver 2021 and send us all necessary details.

If we have to cancel the Raglan Karioi Trail 2021 due to the Covid-19, we will refund your entry fee full price minus $15 admin fee.