Race briefings are held just prior to the start of all events. It is compulsory for you to attend your race briefing. It will include up-to-date course and weather conditions. The briefing will be based on you having read all the information sent to you pertaining to your event.
At Glendhu Bay:
At Wilcox Green:
A range of facilities are available at the Glendhu Bay start line area to ensure an enjoyable start to your Motatapu adventure, including an Info Tent, toilets, parking and coffee vendor!
View the Glendhu Bay start line map here. (Subject to change)
Please note that DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED WITHIN THE GLENDHU BAY MOTOR CAMP.
Parking and drop-off is available at Glendhu Bay. Please follow the directions of traffic marshals as to where to park. All vehicles are treated as parking and there is no drop off area.
Please note that there will be heavy traffic flows heading towards Glendhu Bay on event day. Please factor this into your travel time and take extreme care, watching for sudden stops in traffic.
A bag drop service operates from the start line areas for Off-Road Marathon and Ultra Run only. A covered gear trailer will be waiting at the start line for you to put any excess clothing/gear into. This trailer will then be driven to the finish line area to await your arrival. Please note: no mandatory gear can be left with this bag drop service, all mandatory gear must be carried with you through the course. We take all care but no responsibility for anything put into the gear trailer. Please put it in a bag clearly labelled with your name and mobile phone number.
For XTERRA Triathlon athletes, all T1 bags left at Transition 1 will be transported to Transition 2 for you to collect after your race.
A separate bag drop area will also be available at Wilcox Green for Miners Trail and Sawpit Trail Run athletes to leave gear while out on course.
For all events, except the XTERRA Triathlon, we use disposable timing transponders that are attached to the back of your race number. Please attach your race number to the front centre of your top if running, or bike handlebars if riding. Timing transponders DO NOT need to be returned at the finish line.
XTERRA Triathletes will be provided multisport tags with velcro strap to be attached to your ankle, these MUST be returned at the finish line (fine applies for the non-return). It is important the transponder is transferred between team mates.
The Mountain Bike, Off-Road Marathon and XTERRA Triathlon events have four self-service Aid Stations evenly spaced along the course. Refer to the course map for exact locations. Aid Stations will have water, PURE electrolyte hydration drink (lemon flavour on course, superfruit flavour at the finish line), jet planes and some stations will have a supply of Clif bars: Chocolate Almond Fudge and Coconut Chocolate Chip flavours.
The XTERRA Triathlon will have an additional Aid Station located at T2 and an Aid Station (no toilets) at the 5km mark on the run course. T2 will have Coke, bananas, oranges, jet planes and Clif bars in the above flavours.
The Miners Trail has two Aid Stations located at the 3km and 7km marks. They will have water, PURE electrolyte hydration drink (lemon flavour on course, superfruit flavour at the finish line) and jet planes. The second Aid Station does not have a toilet available.
The Ultra Run has Aid Stations at the four check points on this run with water and PURE electrolyte hydration drink (lemon flavour on course, superfruit flavour at the finish line) available. Food such as cake, sandwiches (cheese, peanut butter, Nutella), chips, pretzels, jet planes, oranges, Clif bars in the above flavours, will be available at Checkpoints C and D. Athletes must still bring their own nutrition as per the mandatory gear list.
The Sawpit Trail Run will have a Water Station (no toilets) at the 5km mark.
**Please note: While we are there to help, please ensure you carry enough food and drink to get you through your race.
While you must still carry the required competitor gear and ensure that you know how to use it, there will be mechanics riding the course, should you need assistance. They also stop at each Aid Station to see if anyone requires assistance. They will be identifiable with ‘Bike Mechanic’ number plates.