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

Welcome to our race!

 

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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04/06/2019

Thanks to our Volunteers

The TMR is only as successful as our wonderful crew of volunteers who take time out from their own outdoor activities to come and help us over the weekend.
Marshals at Alpha and Kime make their way up to the huts on Friday night laden, not only with their own gear, but radios, first aid kits, signs, electrolyte drink and the infamous airplane lollies for the competitors.
While our competitors get up and prep for the race, we make our Alpha marshals head to the top of the hill for a 6am weather check to ensure race day is Go!
As competitors pass the marshal stations they are recorded and signed in, fed and watered. This information is then relayed back to base so we can keep a track of everyone.
If needed, our marshals assist the fabulous Wellington LandSAR teams who are also on the course helping keep our competitors safe.
Once everyone has passed these checkpoints, our marshals packup and head back out either down Marchant to Kaitoke or follow on behind to Otaki Forks.
This year's marshals include previous competitors, supports of this year's competitors and medical professionals.
Thank you to all of them, they are the smilely faces our competitors see during the race and are our great support.
See you all in 2020.



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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.