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!
- Anna Douglas 8944
- 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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Donation to dsport
Each year the TMR is supported by a number of volunteer organisations and charities. Over the last 2 years dsport (formerly Parafed Wellington) has been providing the catering at the end of the race for our competitors and race volunteers.
dsport'- inspires, enables and achieves - for people with physical disabilities, and in particular their youth group.
We are proud to support dsport in their endeavours to get young physically disabled people into sport and active recreation.
With this year's donation, dsport was able to assist the team who attended the 3-day Halberg Games in Auckland in October.
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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.