Feb 15th – 17th 2013
Okataina Outdoor Education Centre, Lake Okataina, near Rotorua
An awesome weekend of trail running on the course of the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon.
Who is it for?
While designed with entrants to the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon most in mind, this training camp will be a valuable experience for anyone looking to share trail time with a great bunch of people.
- Experience the VTuM course first hand
- Learn from Q&A sessions about the course, the race, and how to survive it
- Be inspired by spending time on the trail with some super-experienced runners
- Pick up hot tips to improve your trail running over any distance
- Learn more about nutrition & core strength conditioning for improved performance
- Enjoy a relaxed social atmosphere hanging out with a special tribe of people – Kiwi trail runners.
Who will be there?
The weekend is being coordinated by Running Wild founder, Mal Law.
Over the course of the weekend you will also get the chance to meet, run with and learn from:
- two previous winners of the VTuM – Kerry Suter & Amy Campbell
- the Race Director, Paul Charteris
- Jonty Garlick & Tam Holden from Pilates BODY DYNAMICS in Taupo – our Pilates for Runners experts
Friday 15th Feb
From 5pm – arrive, settle in, evening meal, briefing on the weekend ahead and an informal “all you ever wanted to know about trail running but were afraid to ask” Q&A session.
Saturday 16th Feb
Pre-breakfast Pilates & stretching
Bus transport to start of run – there are 3 options to suit different levels of fitness & experience:
- Start at Redwoods (VTuM start) and run 36 kms on the course back to the Outdoor Education Centre
- Start at Blue Lake and run 26 kms on the course back to the Outdoor Education Centre
- Start at Okareka and run 18 kms on the course back to the Outdoor Education Centre
Rest & relax back at base, explore some of the other local trails right on the doorstep of the Centre, or take a refreshing dip in Lake Okataina.
Pre-dinner Pilates and stretching.
Dinner followed by a talk and slideshow on “running the UK’s longest National Trail” by Mal Law (the story of his epic 1,014 km CoastPathRun) and a continuation of our Q&A session on all aspects of trail running with a panel of experts.
Sunday 17th Feb
Pre-breakfast Pilates & stretching are on offer again.
Run from the Centre to Tarawera Falls (25 kms) – faster & slower group options.
A cold dip in the river and then bus transport back to the Centre. En route Paul Charteris will show you the locations of the Titoki, Fishermans Bridge and River Road Aid Stations. A stop at Kawerau Hot Pools will also be included if time allows.
Pack up, say goodbye to your new friends & head home to tell people what a brilliant weekend you’ve just had!
A note about the runs
We will have people who know the trail well but they are not there to guide anyone.
Maps will be provided and while we will strive to keep everyone in groups you should treat this as an unguided run and be responsible for your own safety. The course will NOT be marked as it is on race day so if you are not a reasonably confident map reader then make sure you stick with someone that is. The course is not hard to follow but we really don’t want to lose anyone.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Beds are in shared dormitories and all camp participants will need to bring their own bedding and towels. Toilets and hot showers are in blocks so bring a head torch for finding your way to these at night.
Best of all, the Centre is a perfect place to relax and get to know your fellow trail runners. There is a large communal kitchen, dining/meeting room and a huge expanse of grass outside – Frisbee anyone?
You will need to bring your own running supplies and any lunch food that you may want.
We will provide delicious, healthy & nutritious dinner on both nights and breakfast on both mornings for those taking the full package. If you wish to self-cater that’s fine but please be aware that the caterers will have priority access to the kitchen area and you’ll need to work in around their needs.
There are 4 options available:
All weekend, fully inclusive of meals: $260 per person
One day*, fully inclusive of meals: $135 per person
All weekend, self-catered: $185 per person
One day*, self-catered: $95 per person
*One day packages – can be Friday night/Saturday run only or Saturday night/Sunday run only
ALL PACKAGES include accommodation, bus transportation to/from the runs, Pilates/core strength sessions, and access to a heap of knowledge and advice.
Thanks to barefootinc. and Hammer Nutrition, both great supporters of trail running in New Zealand, we have some great prizes to give away to the keen ones who book their place before the end of November 2012.
All entries received by 30th November 2012 will go in the draw to win one of the following fabulous prizes:
How to book
Email email@example.com stating how many places & which price options you’d like to book. If booking more than one place please give the names of all people that you are reserving a place for.
Your place will be reserved once FULL payment is received via direct credit to our bank a/c 031527 0006198 00. When paying please use your SURNAME and the code TTTC1 to identify your payment.
Refunds: If you cancel any time before 15th January 2013 we will reimburse 75% of money paid. After that date no refunds will be made.
If you have any questions about this awesome weekend just fire an email to firstname.lastname@example.org