Athlete Info

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Route Description

The race starts at the location of the original Hydro Construction Village, now part of Kepler Farm. Around you in the paddocks you will see the old streets and the trees that were planted as part of the gardens in the temporary village.
The race starts with a loop around part of this area before exiting from the northern entrance on to the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway for 300m.

As you turn into Balloon Loop the speedier racers will have separated out from the slightly less speedy and you can settle into a nice pace with similar runners.

Part way into Balloon loop you will turn on to the first part of the Lake2Lake Trail before re-joining the 4WD track for a short time before heading on trail to near Rainbow Reach. The first drink station will greet you.
An uphill section leads to a minor road crossing before descending past the ox-bow lake and enjoying the spectacular river and mountain views as you speed towards Queens Reach, in and out of native bush areas. Queens Reach is reached by an uphill section, then along the top terrace with great views, followed by a narrow downhill forest trail and a short road section with a ford!
Just around the corner is the second drink station.

From Queens Reach the trail follows the Upper Waiau River firstly at river level before climbing up to higher terraces on three occasions. A relatively flat section with a few rises lets you reach the Lake Te Anau Control Structure where the final drink station will greet you.

From there, the township of Te Anau will pop in and out of view. The finish line is this side of the town, so you will enjoy the last 4km with great lake and mountain views, passing Tui Bay and the Bird Sanctuary and arriving at the Finish line at the Meridian Energy marquee in front of the lake just past Marakura Yacht Club.

Elevation is between 190m and 240m.

Elevation

On the Day

8.00am – 9.30am Check in

Collect your race pack from the Registration desk at the Meridian Marquee near the Marakura Yacht Club in Te Anau
Safety pins will be provided for the bibs
Pure Sports Nutrition have donated a 50g Energy Gel pack for each athlete.
Those that have booked the bus transport will be able to collect their bus ticket, if not please make your way to the start line at Kepler Farm for a 10.25am safety briefing

10.15am -10.30am Start Line Kepler Farm

There will be a safety briefing at 10.25am and the race starts at 10.30am at Kepler Farm
Please follow directions of the race organiser on the day.

Parking is available at Kepler Farm start line – if you decide to leave your vehicle here we ask that you collect it before 5pm that evening as it is private land and the gate needs to be locked

There will be a “drop trailer” available to leave personal items/ coats – please provide your own bag and ideally label it with your name. These will be transported to the finish line to collect there. No valuables please.

Transport to Start

Transport from the “check in” at the Yacht club to the race start at Kepler Farm is available at $15pp
Book your transport via your registration link.

Toilets

• We will provide portaloos at the start line
• Rainbow Reach public toilet 500m off the trail
• Queens Reach Public toilet
• Near the Control Structure at the Kepler Track Main Car Park
• Bird Park Public toilets
• Finish line Public toilets and portaloos

Parking

Marakura Yacht Club

There is very limited parking available near the Marakura yacht club.
A good parking option is at the DOC Visitor Centre long term car park and also parking and toilets at the adjacent Ivon Wilson Park.

Kepler Farm Start

There will be parking for spectators and athletes here although we request all vehicles left are removed before 5pm on race day as this is a private farm and the gates will locked after that.

Water Stations Enroute

This is a zero rubbish (cup free) event so we ask you bring your own container
Suitable “SpeedCups” are available from most sports shops in New Zealand.
Water will be available at the following locations:-

• Start line
• Rainbow Reach
• Queens Reach
• Te Anau Control Gates
• Finish line

Prize Giving

Prizegiving will be at 1pm at the Meridian Marquee, near the Marakura yacht club.
Finishers medals are included for all “Meridian Hydro Half Marathon” athletes that complete the race before pack up time

Prize Money

1st Male $400 & 1st Female $400
2nd Male $200 & 2nd Female $200
3rd Male $100 & 3rd Female $100

Spot prizes

Some of these will be awarded during the race to be collected as you finish to allow athletes that arrive after 1pm to be eligable, Some will also be awarded at prize giving.

Spectator Viewing

Although you can watch the athletes at the start at Kepler Farm, there will be a short delay exiting the car park as the athletes need to leave the area before the cars are allowed to depart along the road.
The best opportunity is at the 6km point at Rainbow Reach where there is adequate parking.
There is also parking close to the Te Anau Control Structure at the Kepler Track carpark
Although there is some parking at Queens Reach – due to the race there is likely to be a wait to exit this area so not advised to view here by car
Finally we encourage you to cheer the athletes through the finish line at the Marakura Yacht Club

Spectator Parking

Kepler Farm Start

There will be parking for spectators and athletes here although we request all vehicles left are removed before 5pm that day as this is a private farm and the gates will locked after 5pm

Marakura Yacht Club

There is very limited parking available near the Marakura yacht club.
A good parking option is at the DOC Visitor Centre long term car park and also parking and toilets at the adjacent Ivon Wilson Park.

Health & Safety

If any participant becomes distressed or exhausted – the Safety Director or Race Director has the right to withdraw that person from the event.

Your Fitness

Runners and walkers should be quite certain that they are fit enough and sufficiently well trained to complete this event. If you are unsure about your general health or fitness consult your family doctor before embarking on a training program. There are many running/ walking training programs available on the net.

Road Closures/ Course Safety

There are no road closures in Te Anau… however runners and walkers should remain vigilant, obey normal pedestrian rules and respect other trail users at all times.

The trail is still open to the public although usually quieter in Winter. However, runners and walkers should constantly be on alert and follow all directives from the course safety marshals.

Runners and walkers must follow the indicated channeling of the cones where necessary.

Walkers should walk no more than two abreast and keep single file/ to the left on narrower sections of the course to allow runners to pass safely.