Tararua Mountain Race
Challenge yourself in one of the oldest mountain races in New Zealand

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Chris Swallow RIP

Its with great sadness that we advise Chris Swallow has died after an accident at the Isle of Man TT motorcycle event over the weekend.

Chris had raced the TMR 5 times, winning the Open Individual Men in 2017 and the Open Mens Team with Laurence Pidcock in 2015 setting a new race record of 4:57:21.

In 2011 Chris completed the rare 74 Km double Southern Crossing.  Two years later he ran from Eketahuna to Kaitoke through the Tararua main range.

A more detailed summary of Chris's mountain running feats will be posted soon.

 



TMR 2019 Results  

Final results including Alpha and Kime Splits.  

 

TMR 2019 Results
2019.pdf (151KB)
TMR 2019 Results
2019.pdf (151KB)




T2019 Race Summary

by Chris Martin (published by NZ Trail Run)

One of the classics of the New Zealand calendar, the TMR is a fantastic community-run event. It crosses the rugged Tararua range just north of Wellington. The route is a point to point – the mighty Southern Crossing. It’s a multi-day walk or a long run, with a decent tussocky exposed section above 1,200m. A couple of years ago we had a strong northerly wind and hail in our eyeballs, so there was much to look forward to. Fortunately we had a better day this time, but lots of rain in the run-up made sure the track was suitably rutted and slippery.  More


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Training Run Success

The Training Run last weekend went well.  The runners got across the tops in good time and reported the track isn't too bad and the water tanks in Alpha and Kime are full!  The weather was usual Tararua weather with wind and mist around Mt Hector.


Ready to go

Mt Hector

Finished!

 


The Tararua Mountain Race is one of New Zealand's oldest mountain races, having first been raced in 1990.   The Tararua Ranges are widenly renowned in New Zealand for tough mountain terrain and weather, so the race is not for the inexperienced or faint hearted! 

 


Traditionally the race is held over the Southern Crossing.  From 2014 a new route was introduced as an alternative course along the river valleys between Kaitoke and Holdsworth - another classic Tararua tramping route.


 

2018 Training Run - David and Bing

 

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11/26/2018

TMR Donation to LandSAR

Each year the TMR race profits are donated to LandSAR. In 2017, we were able to donate $7,000 to LandSAR Wellington. We recently received the following information about how the funding was used.

$2,000 went towards emergent technology for LandSAR Wellington
In 2018 the adoption of SARTrack, Live tracking software became a tool for the incident management team to use allowing for increased efficiency for managers and enable quick response to the ever changing search environment. With this emergent technology, there was a need for new radio and hand pieces to be equipped to enable the software use. Funds from the Tararua Mountain Race contributed to the purchase of new group radios and receivers.

$3000 went towards better purposed Utility Vests
With more of the searches being in the urban environment, the old 'mountain ready' safety vests were too 'hot' for suburban use. The purchase of new vests (that met NZ Safety standards) and allowed for increased breathable surfaces were purchased. This change to the new vests is part of a 5 year roll-over program to kit members with the highly versatile vests. The extra pockets, ID slot and radio pocket made the vests in high demand by our members.

$2000 went to AREC
$2000 went to the Amateur Radio Emergency Corp (AREC) in recognition of their support of the event with equipment, personnel and contribution to the communications plan as part of Wellington LandSAR. This money is thought to have contributed to the purchase of more radio equipment.

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Tararua Mountain Race supports Wellington and Wairarapa LandSAR by providing donations after each race to not only thank the LandSAR teams for assisting with the Race, but also to acknowledge the invaluable service LandSAR provide in keeping us all safe in the outdoors.