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.

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.

Entries are now are currently all full up and entries have closed indefinitely. 

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER

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 2020 event we will be capping entries at 200 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 200 athletes, with measures in place to limit 100 people in one place at one time.

Alert Level 3

  • Event postponed or cancelled until 2021.

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.

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

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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