Tararua Mountain Race
Challenge yourself in one of the oldest mountain races in New Zealand

Welcome to our race!

 


Lock in the date ....

Saturday 13 March 2021

Due to Covid-19 uncertainty, we are advising now we will only be running the race as long as we are in Level 1.  

Registrations will open in EARLY 2021. 

This delay in registrations is to avoid as much inconvenience for competitor as possible. So please put a reminder in your diary for early new year to check on registration opening. 

We will be working on reviewing our systems and controls to minimise any Covid-19 related risks to competitors.

In the meantime, we recommend you dust off your gear from its winter hiatus and head to the hills to enjoy some spring running.

 


Check out Paul Kofman's "Return to Running Wild" summary of his 2020 race.  Paul lives in Australia and this is his 7th time competing in the race.





Photo Credit - Jack Thompson


You can't beat Wellington on a good day

Or more to the point, you can't beat the Southern Crossing on a good day. The weather for this year's race was wonderful. Mild conditions throughout the race, sunshine and amazing views on the tops made for a spectacular race for everyone. Dan Clendon posted the fastest time 4:47.53, missing the record set by Colin Rolf in 2001 by only 2.33 minutes!  Over 35kms of Tararua tracks, that's pretty close.  Perhaps Dan shouldn't have taken in the view so much!

  • Anna Douglas 8944
    Anna Douglas 8944
  • IMG_20200307_065506
    IMG_20200307_065506
  • Graeme Stevens 4691
    Graeme Stevens 4691
  • IMG_20200307_142033
    IMG_20200307_142033
  • BZR_7633
    BZR_7633
  • IMG_20200307_122309
    IMG_20200307_122309
  • Graeme Stevens 20200307_192433
    Graeme Stevens 20200307_192433




TMR 2020 Training Run

Yesterday the training run really put our runners through their paces.  The Tararuas this summer have been shrouded in cloud, like some mysterious thing, tempting only the bravest to dare look at what is being offered.  Seven races took the challenge and succeeded in doing the race course.  Not sure if they saw many of the stunning views, but none the less, well done.  We'll see you again on race day!




TMR 2020 Results  



TMR 2019 Race Summary

 by Chris Martin (published by NZ Trail Run)

One of the classics of the New Zealand calendar, the TMR is a fantastic community-run event. It crosses the rugged Tararua range just north of Wellington. The route is a point to point – the mighty Southern Crossing. It’s a multi-day walk or a long run, with a decent tussocky exposed section above 1,200m. A couple of years ago we had a strong northerly wind and hail in our eyeballs, so there was much to look forward to. Fortunately we had a better day this time, but lots of rain in the run-up made sure the track was suitably rutted and slippery. More


TMR Photos

Click here for 2019 photos

  • IMG_20190309_133725
    IMG_20190309_133725
  • 118c 2
    118c 2
  • IMG_20190309_120828
    IMG_20190309_120828
  • DSC_1027
    DSC_1027
  • fc-20111105-00220-dsc_4063
    fc-20111105-00220-dsc_4063
  • IMG_20190309_131304
    IMG_20190309_131304


 


The Tararua Mountain Race is one of New Zealand's oldest mountain races, having first been raced in 1990.   The Tararua Ranges are widenly renowned in New Zealand for tough mountain terrain and weather, so the race is not for the inexperienced or faint hearted! 

 


Traditionally the race is held over the Southern Crossing. From 2014 a new route along the river valleys between Kaitoke and Holdsworth - another classic Tararua tramping route - which is sometimes used as an alternative course.



 

News


Back to overview

09/03/2019

RIP Chris Swallow

Its with great sadness that we advise Chris Swallow has died after an accident at the Isle of Man TT motorcycle event over the weekend.

Chris had raced the TMR 5 times, winning the Open Individual Men in 2017 and the Open Mens Team with Laurence Pidcock in 2015 setting a new race record of 4:57:21.

In 2011 Chris completed the rare 74 Km double Southern Crossing. Two years later he ran from Eketahuna to Kaitoke through the Tararua main range.

 Chris Swallow.jpg


Back to overview


 

 



Tararua Mountain Race supports Wellington and Wairarapa LandSAR by providing donations after each race to not only thank the LandSAR teams for assisting with the Race, but also to acknowledge the invaluable service LandSAR provide in keeping us all safe in the outdoors.