This unique ultramarathon event takes place near Naseby - the highest town in New Zealand at 2000ft. Naseby is 15km north-west by road from Ranfurly and 145km north-west (via Middlemarch) from Dunedin. It is held on the last Weekend of August each year.
The course is set around a 10km loop - the one half along a gravel road and the other half on a forest track beside the water race that gives the event its name. Originally the water race was built for gold mining around 1860 and now it helps supply the town of Naseby.
The Race starts in Wet Gully road about 1 km from the Ranfurly/Naseby road, with competitors running half a km back down this road toward the tarseal before turning right into Hoffmans Dam Rd, following that until you get to Coalpit Dam, then run around the left hand side of the Dam, thru the carpark, then left and right keeping the Forest on your left until reaching the Water Race, right turn and follow the Water Race back thru the forest to the figure 8 junction. Stay on the left of the traffic cones taking care for oncoming runners , sharp right then back up to the Water Race, then keep following it past the swimming dam,until you reach a bridge crossing the Water Race. Left over the bridge, another left at the Stone marker then a sharp right onto Translator Rd. Follow the gravel Rd up to Ramp Rd, left down there and then left again into Wet Gully Rd, a short jog and that is lap 1.
- 4 (four) more times for the 50 km
- 7 (seven) more times for the 80 km
- 9 (nine) more times for the 100 km
- 15 (fifteen) more times for the 100 mile
- 19 (nineteen ) more times for the 200 kms
- Teams do 3 laps each continuosly
Start Times: Race Briefing will be 20 minutes before start time.
200 kms - 8:00 am Friday
100 mile - 10:00 Friday
100km - 05:00am Saturday
80km - 05:00am Saturday
50km - 10:00am Saturday
60 km Teams - 10:00 am Saturday
As it is dark until 7am and we start at 5am all 50 km, 80 km & 100km runners must start with a headlight for the first two laps and you may need it for later ones. 100 milers will need lamps from 6pm Friday and all night ( till 7 ish). It get's dark between 6 and 7 pm so you may need more batterys for then if you are still going on your last lap.
Cut Off Times:
This applies to all runners. You must have commenced your last lap by 6pm as by this time it will be getting dark and cold and fatigue will be a factor. It won’t be nice!
Aid Stations:Start/Finish line
After The Race:
Prize Giving will be held at the Naseby Town Hall, on the corner of Leven & Council Streets and will commence at 8:30am Sunday morning. See you there!
To help make your event more enjoyable please note the following:
The Naseby Forest including the recreation area is privately owned by Ernslaw One Ltd. It is a privilege for the public to have the use of the recreation area, so please treat the tracks and facilities provided with respect. Be aware that there may be other track users on bikes - so be courteous!
Please don't litter, we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint so please try to use drink bottles.
Aid Stations will be at the Start/Finish line with drinking water available. If you have other requirements these can be left at the Aid Stations.
Toilets are available at the Start/Finish line.
We are at the mercy of the weather so please equip yourself accordingly.
Please ensure that you fix your number on your front - if the officials don't see it you will not be credited with the lap, they will be sitting on your left as you complete your lap.
This is an Ultra event so if you have done a marathon before this is within your capabilities.You just have to want it.
Retain your sense of humour, you paid to do this, don't be crabby with Officals, Aid Station people, or your own support crews, we are here to help you.
HAVE A NICE DAY.