The Course - 42 KM / 21.6 MILES
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The Course - 42 KM / 21.6 MILES
the 42Km Marathon Challenge begins at North Hukatere beach and follows the Ultra-Marathon route to Ahipara. Our marathon challenge is the perfect opportunity for you to push yourself as fast as you can across a long distance while feeling the soft sand underfoot as you make your way to the finish line!

What makes this run unique is that you will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. As a participant, you will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and you will be challenged with the task of returning the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
The youth version of a Marathon Team Relay. Exactly the same in terms of requirements to participate but sponsored by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust to ensure that this korero will be here for Mokopuna of tomorrow.

This is created by Tamariki for Tamariki, following in the footsteps of our Tupuna and the Wero "Te Houtaewa Challenge", known for his incredible athletic abilities.

In teams of six, you will form a relay team where you will all participate in the 42km Marathon course, each completing 6km of the journey towards the finish line of Paripari Domain, Ahipara. At the end of the relay, you will be welcomed into a festival where your whanau and friends are encouraged to come along to help cheer you and your team in.
The challenge takes place on Saturday 7 March 2020 at 8:15 AM.

The challenge begins at Hukatere on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) and finishes at PariPari Domain, 163 Foreshore Road, Ahipara.

6:30 am Departs Marae
6:45 am Departs PariPari Domain
7:00 am Departs Kaitaia (1hr Travel Time)
8:00: am Arrive at ULTRA MARATHON & TAITAMARIKI RELAY START - Safety De-Brief - Wero
8:15: am START
As this race takes place on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach), we recommend 4x4 wheel drive vehicle in order to handle the soft terrain.

The relay is a 6-person team with each team member running a distance of 6km. The changeover will be in accordance with standard rules whereby athletes must touch hands in the designated transition area.

In case of injury or illness during the race which forces the athlete to abandon the competition, the next stage runner may start immediately after an official has verified the situation.

All participants are expected to carry a kumara and every team relay member to collect and carry the additional kumara at each designated station.
Teams must All run the first and last 3KM together. Your race is recorded on the last runner to cross over the finish line. All participants are to “return a kumara” to the Village Pātaka
Anyone that’s a taitamariki/youth!

Taitamariki/youth is any persons between the ages of 12 - 18 years old, so anyone aged between 12 -18 years old can enter and be part of the Taitamariki Ultra Team Relay Challenge.

We want this challenge to be inclusive to all youth in our community so we encourage anyone in this age range to come together, form a team and take part in the challenge!
Your Team
Some things to know;
Each team member must be aged between 12 -18 years old and you have six team members.
Each team member MUST run 6km consecutively.
The only change over of runners is;

Each team must provide their own transport with a driver who will not be participating in the running but be responsible for supporting the team in completing the Challenge by transporting the team as they drive alongside their running member through each leg of the race.
❏ To ensure an enjoyable and memorable time for all entrants, supporters, media and sponsors we ask you follow the rules and race conditions of Te Wero o Te Houtaewa
❏ Runners must always wear their own official race number when competing or risk disqualification
❏ Folding, cutting or intentional alteration to entrants race bib of any kind may result in disqualification
❏ Race numbers will be issued by the Te Wero o Te Houtaewa organisers.
❏ All athletes shall follow the direction and instructions of all race officials and public authorities
❏ Runners must be aware that Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) is a designated road, so the rules of the road apply.
❏ Runners must wear appropriate clothes for the weather and distance.
❏ Runners must start the race well hydrated and drink regularly as you lose a lot of fluid ‘insensibly’.
❏ Te Wero o Te Houtaewa is a strictly non drug and alcohol event
❏ Medic and first aid stations will be available along the course
❏ If you have a medical condition, which might lead to an emergency, such as epilepsy or diabetes please put a cross on the front of your race number and write the details on the reverse side of your race number, especially your mediation, so our team members are aware and able to give you the proper assistance if needed.
❏ Be wary of beach debris for tripping hazard (stones, driftwood, seaweed, animals) on the course
❏ Do not touch any marine life you may see along the course
❏ Flag one of the roving support vehicles or the aid station immediately if you are injured/struggling
❏ Do not enter the surf at any time
Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) Traffic Management Plan
Traffic Management for this event will be mobile operation and will span from the lead runner to final runner heading south on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach).

All four main entrances (Hukatere Ramp, Waipapakauri Ramp, Kaka St Ramp, Paripari Domain) will have CAUTION! RACE IN PROGRESS signs set up with a visibility of at least 50m. These will remain in place until the final runner heading south has passed that ON/OFF Ramp. As there is only two signs available, as the last runner passes each ramp, one of the KAIMAHI SUPPORT VEHICLES will divert to pick these signs up and take them to the next ramp to set up before re-joining the group.
Initially, the two signs will be set up at the Hukatere Ramp and Waipapakauri Ramp. As the last runner passes Hukatere Ramp, this sign will be moved to the Kaka Street Ramp by one of the support vehicles. As the last runner passes Waipapakauri Ramp, that sign will be moved to the Paripari Domain Ramp. As the final runner passes Kaka St, Beach Safety Pilot Vehicle will pick this up the CAUTION! RACE IN PROGRESS and drive roadside around to Paripari Domain.
NOTE: The only access to the Bluff Ramp and campground is through the forestry roads which are currently closed off to the public. As these are closed, we will not be putting signs up this road.

There will be a pilot vehicle that will have a flashing beacon (or hazard lights) and RACE IN PROGRESS sign attached. This vehicle will remain approximately 50m ahead of the lead runner at all times.
At the Kaka St Ramp, the quad bike will become the pilot vehicle to get around the rocks in Ahipara. The Beach Safety Pilot vehicle will pick up the signs on Kaka St and drive roadside around to Paripari domain and wait for the tail vehicle.
Tail vehicle will that will have a flashing beacon (or hazard lights) and RACE IN PROGRESS sign attached. This vehicle will remain approximately 20m behind the last runner.

There will be three crews that will set up 3km apart from each other in a stationary vehicle to warn other beach users and provide any assistance when heeded. As the final runner passes one of these stationary vehicles, the crew will drive past the next two stationary vehicle set ups (all 3km apart from another) and set up at the next stop. There will be 21 flags set up at 3km intervals to indicate to these vehicles where to stop. Vehicles will collect these flags as they pack up and leave each station.

All kaimahi, other Team Relays and traffic management vehicles will drive just below the high tide mark (damp/solid sand) while all runners will run between these vehicles and the ocean (to the right of the vehicles). All vehicles involved in the race will drive above the runners so that the runners are to the right of the vehicles and are between the vehicles and ocean.
Pilot/Tail vehicles will signal to all public vehicles passing by to warn them of runners. Where possible, these vehicles will indicate to the public where the runners are and direct the vehicles closer to the sand dunes so that they do not drive close to the runners. Each Taitamariki Relay Team, will have a vehicle that follows their designated runner. This vehicle will be carrying the other runners and will be responsible for stopping at each 6km mark to change runners. The Taitamariki vehicles will also be responsible for the well-being of their students and be the first responders in case of an emergency; vehicles to be equipped with water, first aid kits and any specific medication for their Taitamariki may require e.g. asthma pump, epi-pen etc. .
A quadbike will also be travelling with the running group. This bike and operator will provide help in any area where required while on the beach. Beach Crew will provide 2 x recovery vehicles for the event. These vehicle will be used to help pull any vehicles free and assist in any other activities where possible.

NOTE: Beach Crew, will not take responsibility of any damages done to vehicles when pulling free/rescuing.
Beach Crew will provide 2 x safety vehicles who will stay within the pilot and tail vehicle and assist where possible. These vehicles will pay particular attention to the runners who’s team are on the bus and do not have their own vehicle.
All Taitamariki support and THMCT Beach Board / kaimahi vehicles will have signs/stickers on to identify that they are part of the race.

Each school vehicle is responsible for the immediate first aid of their students and must be equipped with water, a first aid kit and any specific medications that their students may require. E.g. asthma pump, epi-pen etc.
All Kaimahi will carry a first aid kit in their vehicles and St Johns is available and based at PariPari Domain.
Prior to the event day, all Kaimahi and drivers of the Taitamariki vehicles must register their name and cellphone number with the organisers; this list will be distributed with all involved. Beach Crew, Stationary Vehicles and the Quad bike will have Radios and be connected to the high frequency channel TBA that all radios will have access to. This will be the main form of communication between the kaimahi on the beach patrolling and running this event. All kaimahi vehicles will also have cell phones in case there are radio issues.
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Communications - Phone number
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Captain First Name *
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Runner T-Shirt *
Do you have a medical condition which may impact on you during the event? *
2nd Runner - First Name *
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2nd Runner Date of Birth *
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2nd Runner Do you have a medical condition which may impact on you during the event? *
3rd Runner - First Name *
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3rd Runner - Gender *
3rd Runner - Date of Birth *
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3rd Runner - Do you have a medical condition which may impact on you during the event? *
4th Runner - First Name *
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Do you have a medical condition which may impact on you during the event? *
5th Runner - First Name *
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Do you have a medical condition which may impact on you during the event? *
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THIS IS A KOHA EVENT - We invite you to bring your KOHA to the marae and present it at the Pōwhiri.
Te Houtaewa Māori Charitable Trust (THMCT) will activate the practice of Koha. What is Koha, some might say, well, it is an expression of how much importance you put on the event." A koha does not have to take the form of money or a physical gift, it could be someone giving up their time to help, Modern society has used the term koha to overcome the idea of an entry fee, While many will have given a koha, the concept behind it is not always understood. It is Tikanga in Aotearoa, New Zealand, with similar concepts throughout Pacific cultures, that when people came to a gathering they supported it by giving a koha. In the old days, the koha would be food to help with the running of the event, like baskets of kūmara, however. In modern times people were more likely to give money.

Powered by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust. The koha will be decided on by you, giving the koha (donation)"You give what you can afford."
Pōwhiri - Korou Kore Marae 6 March 6 PM 57 Foreshore Road, Ahipara KAITAIA
Pōwhiri is open to whanau, hapu, iwi katoa
Formal Welcome to Manuhiri
Whānautanga & Kai te Pō
Meet & Greet over Dinner
Registration Check-In Open
Moe (Sleep)
Korou Kore Marae is available from Friday to Sunday. You are all welcome to stay,
x Powhiri Koha
x BYO - This is a Self-Catering Noho Marae. This is to support all the different types of dietary.
x Pepeha/Mihi ‐ Something to say about yourself – your roots, family info etc
x Friday night finger‐food plate
x Bedding [mattresses & bottom sheet are supplied by the Marae]
x Toiletries & Towels
x Ear Plugs
x Sunblock & Mozzie Spray
We want to accommodate everyone and our Marae. Can you please confirm how many will be staying, please.
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