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


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Tararua Mountain Race 2019

Saturday 9 March

Classic Southern Crossing



Registrations Open 1 December 2019.  Close 1 March 2019 6pm

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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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.