You can't beat Wellington on a good day
Or more to the point, you can't beat the Southern Crossing on a good day. The weather for this year's race was wonderful. Mild conditions throughout the race, sunshine and amazing views on the tops made for a spectacular race for everyone. Dan Clendon posted the fastest time 4:47.53, missing the record set by Colin Rolf in 2001 by only 2.33 minutes! Over 35kms of Tararua tracks, that's pretty close. Perhaps Dan shouldn't have taken in the view so much!
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- Graeme Stevens 4691
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TMR 2020 Training Run
Yesterday the training run really put our runners through their paces. The Tararuas this summer have been shrouded in cloud, like some mysterious thing, tempting only the bravest to dare look at what is being offered. Seven races took the challenge and succeeded in doing the race course. Not sure if they saw many of the stunning views, but none the less, well done. We'll see you again on race day!
TMR 2019 Results
Final results including Alpha and Kime Splits.
TMR 2019 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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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 along the river valleys between Kaitoke and Holdsworth - another classic Tararua tramping route - which is sometimes used as an alternative course.
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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.