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to the Bush to Beach Website!
BUSH TO BEACH HALF MARATHON IS 26 APRIL.
All proceeds go straight to the Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue group so while you are sweating and grunting up those killer hills, smile, you are supporting a local volunteer group that, fingers crossed, you don’t ever need.
The start line is at the Otama Summer Camp,
so yes you can camp on site. It's 30 mins from Whitianga and 10 mins from Matarangi. As parking can get pretty tight with all those spectators wanting to see the punishment we would like to see you smart ones carpooling. The course is staying the same for 2014 but look out for 2015 as its payback time for those of you daring to mention the word easy!
Prizes We will have cash prizes for the first woman and man to reach the finish in each
distance. Prize giving will be at 1.30pm. Every division will be recognised at the prize giving.
Half Marathon female and male 1st = $500,
11km female and male 1st = $250,
7km female and male 1st = $100.
TO ENTER THE RACE...
Enter here online!
Online entries close midnight Sunday 20th of April 2014, however pre-race entries will be taken Friday the 25 of April from 5pm to 7pm at the Search and Rescue base, 20 Monk Street, Whitianga, which is at the rear of the old fire station for you locals. Our bright red "Bush to Beach" banner will show you the way. For an extra $20 you can also enter on the morning at least 1 hour prior to your race start time. If you choose this option, be sure to give yourself plenty of time, otherwise we cannot guarantee your start time,
It's best you try to enter online or on the Friday 25th.
RACE REGISTRATION / RACE BAG COLLECTION
Check your start times
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Pre race registration
If you want to register early, so you can just show up with your bib/transponder on the front of your shirt ready to go on race day, collect your bib and transponder on Friday the 25th at the Search and Rescue base in Whitianga at 20 Monk Street (opposite the Gull petrol station). We will be open from 5pm to 7pm Friday happy to answer any questions about the race or about Search and Rescue.
On the day registration starts from 7am, be sure to give yourself plenty of time, we are expecting big numbers again. The bib/race number must be placed high on the front of your shirt, where it is clearly visible - wear it proud! If you have any questions please let us know via Facebook or email. By the way - we will have lots of
port-a-loos onsite and yes there is coffee.
Event Location: Otama Beach Camp, 400 Black Jack Rd, Whitianga. Black Jack Road is located 17km north of Whitianga turning off SH25 at Kuaotunu. Click here to see a map and get directions.
The 7km, 11km and the 22kms half marathon are mostly off road running events.
The courses offer challenging terrain varying from farm and bush tracks, forest floor, loose exposed rocks, streams, sand dunes and an estuary.
Be prepared to get your feet wet and muddy. The Start/Finish line for each event is at sea level at the Otama Beach Camp.
The first 3km climbs on a clay and grass farm track to a height of around 270 metres.
At this 3km point, the 7km short course forks off heading north before circling back behind the White Rocks.
Awesome sea views!
The short course then returns back down the farm track to the finish line.
Introduced for the first time for 2013 the 11km mid-length running and walking course starts at the Otama Beach camp ground and follows the same first 3kms of track as the half marathon and 7km short courses up to the White Rocks drink station. The new route then crosses into a neighbouring property formerly a pine forest. Runners will follow an old bulldozer track down through open ground and around the bush edge.
The newly cleared land offers amazing views of the Kuaotunu Bay and upper Coromandel Peninsula. This part is a 2km loop finishing with a short but steep uphill section. Runners then head north along the spine of a ridge, where the track is clay with rocky deposits. Although it heads generally downhill the profile is up and down with the last section another steep but short uphill grunt to the Black Jack road.
Some sections of this track are steep and rocky and great fun. The tar seal road section is steeply downhill for about 1.5km until the bottom where the competitors will drop onto Otama Beach for the final 1km to the finish line back at the camp.
From the track junction near the White Rocks formation the half marathon continues to climb for about another 1km through mature DOC bush to the high point (Waitaia Trig @ 311m). The course stays in bush for another 1km then drops to a clay and gravel quad bike track through the Project Kiwi area. Clicking the website link on this page will take you to more info on saving the Kuaotunu kiwi. Run among great displays of native trees. The terrain is steep in parts descending to a creek crossing at almost sea level. After the creek crossing, climbing again through bush on a clay track, switching to gravel, until reaching the 10km high point @ altitude 210 metres.
From here it meanders again along a forestry road toward Opito hill, crossing Blackjack Road (the 15km mark) then continuing on a clay, coastal, farm track to the airstrip ‐again fantastic views ‐before a steep descent down to Sarah’s Gully Beach. Runners traverse this short stretch of white sandy beach then clamber over rocks up to Fisherman’s Track ‐a technical track containing slips, rocks and muddy puddles leading around the coast to Otama Beach. The last 2km is along the spectacular white sands of Otama Beach, up over the dunes back into the Camp and the finish line.
For all three courses the first of the aid stations is the white rocks, you’ll need it, it’s at the top of a 3km uphill slog. The 7km course participants don’t get another until they make it back to the finish. The 11km course has one more aid station at the 9km mark, just before you hit the road and head downhill on the homeward stretch. The 22km get three more aid stations, just water no fancy stuff and not all will have lollies so take care of yourselves and bring your own munchies. The second aid station for you 22km folk is at 7km mark, the next at 10km the last one is at 15kms and then you’re on your own until you’ve survived the grueling Otama beach and head over the finish line.
You must tell an aid station person if you decide to not finish. For 22km competitors, vehicles will be available to transport those of you that don’t make the cutoff time at the 15km aid station on the Opito road crossing which is 1pm sharp. No arguments please there is always next year to try again.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Waiver to be read and ticked as agreed on by all participants. Each participant must fill in all details. The race is held on private land and a kiwi sanctuary with traps, so no touching. For the 22km competitors from the Trig to the Ernslaw Forestry you must stay on the marked race track. Kauri Dieback - make sure you use the footbath provided at the beginning of your race. Everybody on the 22km track must scrub their shoes before entering the course.
There is a cut off time on the 22km course at the 15km aid station of 1pm. So there is no chance you will be running the course twice. No dogs please, that means on the course or at the race venue. We love dogs but not everyone does.
Race is held at Otama Beach Camp, 400 Black Jack Rd, Otama Beach. Enter this into your GPS, navman thingy and we will see ya there. Black Jack Road is located 17km north of Whitianga, turning off SH25 at Kuaotunu. Nearest store, coffee shop and takeaways to the camp is at Kuaotunu. Allow 2 hours driving time from Thames whether you drive up the Thames coast and towards Coromandel town or if you travel over the Kopu Hikuaia road and go through Whitianga. Ultimately you want to head to the Kuaotunu Store and then head over the Blackjack Road for 10mins to the Otama camp/Bush to Beach race venue.