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Course Info

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62km ULTRA

The 62km ultramarathon course offers a true test that will take you through some of the most spectacular trails within Victoria Forest Park. Setting off from private farmland on the outskirts of Reefton township, you will follow a fully marked course through gravel mining roads and across undulating farmland until you reach the start of the infamous Painkiller Track at the 4km point.

 

The recently restored ‘Painkiller Track’ passes through stunning native beech forest and was once a 6-foot-wide access road between the historic Painkiller and Inglewood mines. One thing is for sure, it certainly lives up to its name! This old mining track twists, turns, climbs and descends through the rugged landscape. This steep, narrow, single track is a minefield of exposed roots and fallen branches making this a challenging technical section. Be prepared to get wet feet! After reaching the disused Inglewood Mine at the 12km point, the course links up with the Ajax track which passes by the historic Ajax/Golden Fleece mine. A well-benched single track with a few undulating sections, the last 2km along the Machine track to the car park is steep and technical downhill to Blacks Point. This is the location of the first aid station which includes a fully stocked aid station and toilets at the 18km point. Please note, at this point there will be a cut-off time of 3.5hrs (10:30am).

 

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33km PAINKILLER

 

At 33km, this course provides a test for even the most elite athletes. Setting off from private farmland on the outskirts of Reefton township, you will follow a fully marked course through gravel mining roads and across undulating farmland until you reach the start of the infamous Painkiller Track at the 4km point.

 

The recently restored ‘Painkiller Track’ passes through stunning native beech forest and was once a 6-foot-wide access road between the historic Painkiller and Inglewood mines. One thing is for sure, it certainly lives up to its name! This old mining track twists, turns, climbs and descends through the rugged landscape. This steep, narrow, single track is a minefield of exposed roots and fallen branches making this a challenging technical section. Be prepared to get wet feet! After reaching the disused Inglewood Mine at the 12km point, the course links up with the Ajax track which passes by the historic Ajax/Golden Fleece mine. A well-benched single track with a few undulating sections, the last 2km along the Machine track to the car park is steep and technical downhill to Blacks Point. This is the location of the first aid station which includes a fully stocked aid station and toilets (18km point).

 

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10km GOLD

Just because this is the shortest course, don't think we have let you off lightly! Setting off from private farmland, this course takes you on a whirlwind tour of the local area venturing through several mines via a series of 4WD tracks and gravel roads. The halfway aid station will be located at the Gannons Road Bridge, which provides stunning views of the Waitahu River. After a quick stop to rehydrate and refuel you then begin to make your way back towards the finish line via a series of gravel roads. Short and sharp, this 10km course is not to be underestimated!

 
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