Sunday February 24th, 2019
Harbour of Oamaru, New Zealand
Distance: 316km · Ultra
New Zealand's First Ultra Staged Run. Starting at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, travelling on foot 316 kms to the small harbour of Oamaru, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
The ultimate adventure race, Alps 2 Ocean Ultra, was a dream that quickly became a reality. And it’s now only weeks until the 126 entrants will be pushing through the pain barriers, yet still soaking up the incredible sights of our backyard. From the base of New Zealand’s Highest mountain, Mount Cook, to the small, historic town of Oamaru, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this rugged race passes by eight lakes, takes in valleys, rivers and diverse terrain. It is set to challenge the hardiest athlete, yet allow virgin ultra-athletes to test their mettle.
|2nd Male||37:15:00||Brendon Thompson||42||Great Britain|
|3rd Male||37:40:00||Peter Kingston||43||Ireland|
|4th Male||38:04:00||Curly Jacobs||53||NZL|
|2nd Female||41:33:00||Toni Smith||34||Indianapolis, IN|
|3rd Female||42:57:00||Michelle Donnell||32||Hanmer, CAN|
|4th Female||43:10:00||Lyndy Wickham||40||Rotorua, NZL|
|M 40-49||37:15:00||Brendon Thompson||42||Great Britain|
|M 50-59||38:04:00||Curly Jacobs||53||NZL|
|F 40-49||43:10:00||Lyndy Wickham||40||Rotorua, NZL|
You will have to choose which option upon entry, once the event starts no changes will be accepted.
The run will be broken into 7 stages of varying distances, with the longest stage being approximately 85km to 95km. There will be generous cut off times. If you do not make the cut off times your run will be over and you will be taken from the course.
The run team will provide tents, hot and cold water at the finish of each stage.
During the race, there will be check points every 10 to 15km where there will be water and electrolytes.
Along the way you will encounter some of New Zealand's most breath-taking scenery, which will be unique to this run. You will pass by historic sites and may even recognise some landmarks from the movies: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Narnia.
Our goal is to create a run environment where finishing is more important than results and you take away an unforgettable lifetime experience.
The run will not be easy and you will be pushed to your limit. You will get tired, sore, hungry and may even get the odd blister - all those things that go with ultra-stage running. But at the same time, I guarantee when you get back home and have recovered, you will have loved it and most importantly have met some amazing people.
The world-famous Alps 2 Ocean trail is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail. Starting from the southern Alps it leads you on a journey through the South Island’s spectacular scenery to the historic coastal town of Oamaru. The cycle trail is divided into 9 sections, allowing you to break up your adventure as you wish. Each section has been graded to indicate the fitness and experience required.