M | Chris Morrissey| 5:44:53
F | Natalie Bunting | 7:39:24 NEW
The Munter is a hard core challenge for the advanced runner. To complete this course in the allotted time, you'll need to be running the majority of the flats and downhills. The course starts the same as the Grunter, heading up the Mahaukura track before forking left and heading onto the Pirongia summit. After a undulating ridge to the hut, you'll begin to head out toward the Cone, entering the wildest part of the course - the Bell track.
Be prepared for knee deep mud in a number of bogs. Summiting the Cone, a steep technical descent gives way to more bogs, before you're treated to gentle downhill and flat running to the foot of the Tahuanui track. From here you'll encounter a steady 800m climb back to the summit ridge, before turning left and descending down the Tirohanga track to your start point. It's an epic.
VERT GAIN: 2163m
ALLOWABLE TIME: 10 hours
AID STATION / CUT-OFF: 7.7km (10am), 23km (2pm) from start
COMPULSORY GEAR: Level A will be check at registration
SUITABLE FOR: Advanced trail runners who would like a good technical challenge, and aren't afraid of a good climb
TRACK CONDITION: 80% technical single track | 15% well graded track | 5% boardwalk
EXPECTED TIME: 7hr - 10hr
AID STATION / CUT-OFF 1
7.7km from start
Water + medical
AID STATION / CUT-OFF 2
23km from start
Water + medical
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 (10hrs).
1. Pahautea Hut by 10am
If you do not make this cut off, you will be turned around to complete the Grunter course.
2. Kaniwhaniwha campsite by 2pm
If you do not make this cutoff, you will be shuttled back to the start/finish line.