EVENT ENTRY

ENTRY FEES

The Pirongia Trail Run has something for everyone. Whether you're out for a stroll with the kids, or you fancy challenging yourself to all the maunga has to offer, there's a course for all abilities.

Entries close on the 9th October.

This is what it's going to cost you. If you don't see a price below, then we currently don't offer that course to your age group, unless there are special circumstances. Get in touch with us if you think you're special.

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COURSE
KIDS
YOUTH
ADULT
12 and under
over 12
18+
THE RUNTER
5
10
20
THE PUNTER
15
40
THE GRUNTER
20
65
THE MUNTER
90

The Pirongia Trail Run has something for everyone. Whether you're out for a stroll with the kids, or you fancy challenging yourself to all the maunga has to offer, there's a course for all abilities.

We've put a cap of 30 athletes for the Munter course. We can't have too many Munters in one spot, health and safety and all that.

This is what it's going to cost you. If you don't see a price below, then we currently don't offer that course to your age group, unless there are special circumstances. Get in touch with us if you think you're special.

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER

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TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
TIME ENDS
0530
Registration opens
Pirongia Forest Park Lodge
1300
0630
Event karakia + Munter race briefing
Pirongia Forest Park Lodge
0650
0700
Munter race start
Start of Mahaukura track
0730
0930
Grunter + Punter race briefing
Pirongia Forest Park Lodge
0950
1000
Grunter race start
Start of Mangaakara track
1015
1015
Punter walk race start
Start of Mangaakara track
1030
1045
Punter run race start
Start of Mangaakara track
1100
Runter race briefing
Pirongia Forest Park Lodge
1110
1115
Runter walk + run race start
Start of Mangaakara track
1215
1800
All athletes off course
Pirongia Forest Park Lodge

SAFETY

OUR OLD MATE, COVID

We are committed to running the PTR rain, hail, shine or pandemic. That being said, we want to make it as safe as possible for you. Below is a bit of information about how we will run the event at different alert levels. For the 2021 event we will be capping entries at 300 athletes.

Alert Level 1

  • Event to run as normal with social distancing and good hygiene procedures in place.

  • Athletes + attendees to sign in with QR code on NZ COVID Tracer App.

  • Capped at 200 athletes.

Alert Level 2

  • May require staggered starts for courses with over 100 athletes. 

  • Social distancing and good hygiene procedures in place.

  • Regional limitations may apply to athletes, ie Auckland athletes, to be confirmed.

  • Athletes to arrive only when they are required and to stick within their 'groups'.

  • Athletes + attendees to sign in with QR code on NZ COVID Tracer App.

  • Capped at 300 athletes, with measures in place to limit 100 people in one place at one time.

Alert Level 3

  • Event postponed or cancelled until 2022.

Closer to race day, we will confirm exactly how this looks.

RACE RULES

As an athlete on the mountain, your safety is our priority. For this reason, we have some restrictions and gear requirements on our courses.

Please read read the race rules before entering. By entering the race, you agree to abide by these conditions.

AGE AND EXPERIENCE RESTRICTIONS

The Munter is a challenging course not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. The back half of the course is particularly remote, you'll need to be comfortable being self sufficient. If you're keen on giving it a whirl, you'll need to show us you're capable. Please get in touch with us. The Munter is R18.

REFUND AND TRANSFER POLICY

If you decide to make a terrible decision and withdraw from the PTR, then the following applies:

  • Up to 18th September full refund minus $5 

  • 18th - 2nd September 50% refund given

  • 2nd - 9th October 30% refund given

  • 9th - 23rd October no refund

There will be no refund given on merchandise or community entries.

Transfers of entry to another person is allowed until the 9th of October. The following applies:

  • There will be no transfer of entry to the following year's event

  • Transfers will occur at the discretion of PTR staff, please get in contact before changing anything to do with your entry

Changes in event category is allowed up until the 23rd of October. The following applies:

  • If you are taking on a larger distance you will need to pay the difference in entry fee

  • If you are reducing your distance, there will be no partial refund given

If you need to make any changes to your entry or your situation changes please get in touch with info@pirongiatrailrun.com.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

To take part in our event you'll need to carry some minimum equipment.

Munter: Gear Level A

Grunter: Gear Level A or B (depending on weather)

Punter: Gear Level B or C (depending on weather)

Runter: No gear requirement

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Gear
Level A
Level B
Level C
Cellphone (with waterproof case)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emergency/Survival bag
Yes
Yes
No
Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed)
Yes
Yes
No
Thermal long sleeve bottom
Yes
No
No
Whistle
Yes
Yes
No
Thermal beanie
Yes
No
No
Thermal long sleeve top
Yes
No
No

AID STATIONS

There will be three aid stations along the course. These will service as water, medical and food stops. We will NOT be supplying cups at aid stations, so you must bring your own if needed.

1. Start/Finish line at Pirongia Forest Park Lodge

2. Pahautea Hut

3. Kaniwhaniwha campsite

Aid station 2 and 3 will also serve as cut off points for the Munter course.

CUT OFF TIMES

Athletes taking on the Munter will need to make aid stations by the cut off time below. This is to make sure you have the best chance of completing the course in the allotted time (11hrs).

  • 2. Pahautea Hut by 1000

    • If you do not make this cut off, you will be turned around to complete the Grunter course.​

  • 3. Kaniwhaniwha campsite by 1400

    • If you do not make this cutoff, you will be shuttled back to the start/finish line.​

Athletes taking on the Grunter need to make the first marshal point by 1230. 

There will also be marshals stationed around the course with first aid.

1. Wharauroa summit

2. Mahaukura - Pirongia summit track junction

3. Pahautea Hut

4. Central Clearing campsite

5. Kaniwhaniwha campsite

6. Tirohanga - Ruapane Link track junction

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INJURY DURING EVENT

If you sustain an injury barring you completing the event, or for whatever reason cannot finish, in the first instance you need to let event staff know.

  1. Stay calm.

  2. Contact event staff through the numbers listed on your race bib, or let your nearest race marshal know.

  3. Apply first aid to yourself if needed.

  4. Retain your body heat and put on clothing.

  5. Seek shelter if in exposed section – do not make yourself invisible from the track!

  6. Wait for communication.

If you cannot move or get hold of event staff, rest assured we will find you. Our tail end Charlie will come across you as they follow the last competitor.

GETTING LOST ON THE TRAIL

If you get lost on the trail it is important that you stay calm and remain in one location. All trails are marked with DOC orange triangles and have had decent foot traffic.

  1. If you can retrace your steps back to the last track marker, do so.

  2. If not, stay in your position and contact event staff.

  3. Blow your whistle

  4. Retain your body heat and put on clothing.

  5. Seek shelter if in exposed section – do not make yourself invisible from the track!

  6. Wait for communication.

We have missing person protocol and will find you, however depending on where and when you get lost this may take some time. Please be patient and remain calm.

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