Lace up your trail running shoes, pack extra socks, grab your best mate and come experience Hawke’s Bays plethora of trails.
Be part of the only fully supported, trail running stage race, over 3 days in New Zealand.
The Traverse is unique in that competitors enter in teams of 2, who have to run together at all times during the race stages, however we do have limited solo entry slots available. Spectacular trails and breath taking views await as you run over inspiring terrain, exploring, experiencing and soaking up all the good things in life...
This is an event the likes of which have never been seen before in NZ, you don’t want to miss out on the running nor the goodie bags, but wait, that’s not all, we even include a 20 minute daily massage at the end of each day.
For an incredible 3. day stage race, we are offering: The Traverse. Carefully selected trails ensure that you have every opportunity for fun and grind. A good balance between terrain and a few obstacles to get those legs working for the 3 day push to enjoy the rewarding daily massage at the end of each stage.
For those who prefer a little less adrenaline and more of an experience, then The Traverse is right up your ally. Don't be fooled, this won't be a “run” in the park and fitness will be required. But you can expect to have one of the best experiences of your life!
Welcome to the 1st running of The Traverse stage race. for 2 person teams. We have spent many months discovering and putting together a scenic and challenging route that will leave fond memories.
We have the support of the locals throughout the Hawkes Bay and Hawkes Bay Traverse area’s where our race village will be filled with their warm and friendly welcome.
The Traverse, a 1st of its kind in NZ, is a 3 day 4 stage international trail running stage race that takes place in the stunning Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island.
We have ensured that The Traverse, is a uniquely Kiwi event. As a local race, organised by locals, supported by local companies and councils, you will be getting a taste of what the Hawkes Bay region has to offer in every sense.
The Traverse is unique in that competitors enter in teams of 2, who have to run together at all times during the race stages, however we do have limited solo entry slots available.
We have incorporated a few entry options to give everyone a taste of our amazing race.
Runners are assured of an experience like no other. Our race village is fully catered for while the friendliness of the locals will ensure all competitors will be well looked after and supported.
Hawkes Bay has stunning weather and superb beaches warm ocean and amazing sightseeing opportunities with TeMata Peak a must, along with the regions bountiful wineries for unforgetable tasting experiences, your every need will be met.
Google search the amazing activities in this beautiful region and you will wish you had more time to discover them all.
(Dependant on entry package selected)
The Traverse stages are broken down into 4 stages over 3 days . With around 2600m total climbing you will need to have done some training.
2-person teams can enjoy:
Friday 25 October - A prologue of 3km, starting at 2pm, teams will leave in 40sec intervals.
Friday 25 October - Stage 1 an 8km day/night run starting at 5:30pm (head torches compulsory).
Saturday 26 October - Stage 2 a 30km marathon stage starting at 8am.
Sunday 27 October – Stage 3 a 16km “cool down” starting at 8am followed by lunch and prize giving from 2pm.
Due to private land forming large parts of the course, the race village and route are subject to change should the race organisers deem it necessary
Day/Night Run Cut-off
Stage 1 Start
Stage 1 Cut-off
Stage 2 Start
Stage 2 Cut-off
9am - 12:30
Team start times will be available at Registration
ENTRIES ARE LIMITED TO 100 TEAM ENTRIES , 50 HALF TEAM ENTRIES AND 50 1/4TEAM ENTRIES.
Payment Plan options are available, please email us to discuss.
“Early bird” entries up to 15 May 2019
Full entry = $1250.00 per team
Half Entry (no accommodation) = $1000.00 per team
1/4 Entry (race only - no accommodation/meals/massage) = $500.00 per team
From 16 May to 31 July 2019
Full Entry = $1400.00 per team
Half Entry (no accommodation) = $1150.00 per team
1/4 Entry (race only - no accommodation/meals/massage) = $600 per team
From 1 August to 31 September 2019 (closing date for entries 31/09/19 or if the 300 entries are filled.) -
Full Entry = $1600.00 per team
Half Entry (no accommodation)y = $1300.00 per team
1/4 Entry (race only - no accommodation/meals/massage) = $700.00 per team
Lace up your trail running shoes, pack extra socks, grab your best mate and come experience Hawke’s Bays plethora of trails. Be part of the only trail running stage race in New Zealand.
Spectacular trails and breath taking views await as you run over inspiring terrain, exploring, experiencing and soaking up all the good things in life...
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