The course for runners or walkers follows a spectacular loop from Arrowtown, ascending the historic Tobin's Track up onto the Crown Terrace before entering the magnificent Glencoe Station (water and toilet location). You’ll pass historic ruins of a miner’s cottage as you climb to the Aid Station at 7.2km.
From here, the course continues up the tussock covered hillside ascending to the high point at 1047m and a breath-taking view of the Wakatipu Basin. The trail narrows to a single track as it cuts across the top of the mountain heading towards the big descent of the race. The next couple kilometres zig-zag down towards the Arrow River on a rough, disused farm track. With 4km to go Miners Trail runners meet the Macetown Track and connect up with the Off-Road Marathon, Ultra & Mountain Bike course for the final push to the finish.
This is a mountain-style course with varied terrain underfoot including farm track, back country single track and with short sections of steep ascent/descent. Not to mention the 11 river crossings that greet you in your final couple KMs! This will be a spectacular race that you won’t soon forget.
Get off-road and into the hills – you have a challenge ahead of you!
|Entry Fees||View Entry Fees here|
|Event Date||Saturday 2 March 2024|
|Start Line||Wilcox Green, Arrowtown|
|Start List||2024 Start lists will be published in Dec 2023|
|Finish Line||Wilcox Green, Arrowtown|
Run: Male and Female 16-18 yrs, 19-29 yrs, 30-39 yrs 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60-69 yrs, 70+years.
Walkers are welcome to enter
|Minimum Age||Must strictly be 16 years of age on race day to compete|
|Prize Giving||Prize Giving will take place at 3pm at Wilcox Green. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each race category (except walkers).|
|Prizes & Spot prizes||Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race category.
All competitors will be eligible for the spot prize and this will be randomly drawn. A list of winners will be published on race day at the information desk at the Finish Line in Wilcox Green, Arrowtown and available on the Motatapu App. If your race number is showing on the list, then head along to the information tent and show your race number to collect your prize. The information desk will be open from 9am until 8pm on race day for you to come along and claim your prize!
|Mandatory Gear checklist||Click here to view the requirements|
|Athlete Check-in||Friday 3 March, 3-7pm, Wilcox Green, Arrowtown
Saturday 4 March, 9-10:45am, Wilcox Green, Arrowtown
|Cut-off Times||Cut-off at top of Tobins Track (3km from start line) - 12:15pm
Cut-off at Aid Station (7.2km from start line) - 2:15pm
Course cut off - 4:30pm
|Race Briefing||There will be a race briefing before you start. 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.|
Mandatory Gear Checklist
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!
Click here to download the Miners Trail list.
The start line is located on Nairn Street, beside Wilcox Green, in the heart of Arrowtown.
A separate bag drop area will also be available at Wilcox Green for Miners Trail athletes to leave gear while out on course. No bag tags are provided for the Miners Trail - please clearly label your bag with your race number.
The Miners Trail has a water station and toilet at the 3km mark and one Aid Station located at the 6.5km mark. The Aid Station will have water and PURE electrolyte hydration drink - Superfruits flavour. The Aid Station does not have a toilet available.
Cut off times will be strictly enforced, noting the time listed is the time you must be leaving the Aid Station, not arriving and then stopping for 15 minutes.
**Please note: While we are there to help, please ensure you carry enough food and drink to get you through your race.
The finish line for all events is located at Wilcox Green, next to Nairn Street, in the heart of Arrowtown. The Finish area will offer the full post-race experience; where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere, appreciate a well-earned massage, refuel, and enjoy celebrating your achievement with friends and family. Make a day of it enjoying the local flavours of the region, with plenty of delicious food stalls, beer, and entertainment; whilst cheering on other finishers throughout the day.
Click here to view the Race Rules