The Motatapu mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe in the alpine environment. The weather is very unpredictable in the high country, a front can blow in and out of the mountains in less than 12 hours. It has been both sweltering hot and freezing cold in this area during March so you should be well prepared with all the necessary gear for all conditions, including snow, due to the high elevation of this event.
All competitors must carry the mandatory gear at all times during race day. No mandatory gear = no start! Any infringement may result in disqualification or removal from the event.
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The Ultra Run will have a mandatory gear check at Athlete Check-In in Wanaka or Arrowtown on Friday 13 March 2020. Competitors must have all mandatory gear items in order to get their race number and start the race. There will also be a mandatory gear check on course at Checkpoint A (Fernburn Hut). Any competitors missing any items will not be allowed to continue.
You are not required to get your mandatory gear (except bike, helmet & tool kit) checked prior to the Off-Road Triathlon, Miners Trail, Mountain Bike and Off-Road Marathon. There will be random gear checks at the start line and during the event, and if you are missing any items you will not be allowed to continue.
There will also be a random gear checks on placegetters at the finish line. If any items are missing athletes will receive a time penalty of up to 30mins. The length of the time penalty is at the discretion of the Race Director.
If you are uncertain about whether your gear meets the mandatory gear requirements then you should get advice and your gear checked at your local outdoor sports store.
Bike checks are compulsory for all Mountain Bike and Off-Road Triathlon competitors. Bike Checks can be done from 9:00am Monday 20 January 2020 until 5.00pm Friday 13 March 2020. All competitors must get their bike, helmet & tool kit checked at one of the Official Bike Check Stores prior to event day. No check = no start!
Once ALL items pass the check, an Official Motatapu sticker will be attached to your bike. This sticker must be shown at Athlete Check-In (a photo of the sticker on your bike will suffice) in order to get your race number and start the race. We recommend getting your Bike Check done as early as possible in case any repair work needs to be done.
The list of Official Bike Check Stores will be available here from December 2019.