Adventure Mountain Run
Saturday 20th January 2024
Please note – this is a full on “adventure mountain-run” with multiple river crossings, an average altitude of 850m (highest point just over 1300m) and several short sections with no physical track on the ground e.g. across “the racecourse” and down “the bums rush”
Individual: Earlybird – $190.00. General – $225.00. Late – $242.50.
Earlybird entry is now open for 2024 until Jul 31st. General entry closes on 20th Dec which is also the cutoff for entries if you want one of our engraved competitors dog whistles, as well as personalised number plate and other goodies in your registration bag. Whistles in particular need to be ordered now due to christmas holiday closures, so get in now or you will miss out.
All entries close 6th Jan.
This is an R16 event. Those under 18 should preferably be accompanied by an adult and should book a tracker.
Race start 7am start with briefing at 6:50am
- Womens: 7:49:15
- Mens: 6:52:17
- Overall: 7:05:26
- Average expected finish time: 2:00pm
- Earliest expected finish time: 11:30am
Runners will start the 50 km run with an immediate gradual climb all the way to the top of Fowlers Pass. From the top of Fowlers (4.5km) there is a sharp drop following a zigzag track down into a tributary of the Stanley River. Following the creek down runners will soon cross the Stanley for the first of 11 times! At around the 12 km mark runners start the new loop to Lake Guyon and back to the first major aid station (16km) prior to passing by the historic Stanley Vale hut.
Continuing down the Stanley River for another 12 – 15km runners will experience several more river crossings and a couple of minor climbs/descents before a big climb out of the Stanley up onto “The Racecourse”, traversing “The Racecourse” runners will complete another climb up onto the tops above Scotties Camp and the Edwards River. From here they will have a significant descent (the bums rush) – following a steep tussock spur with no track, down onto the Edwards 4×4 track and the 2nd major aid station – just below Charlie’s Saddle at about the 34km mark.
From here runners will follow the 4×4 track up the Edwards valley (crossing the river 3 times) where (at around the 44km mark) they will have one last short-sharp climb up into Peter’s Valley from where they will have an overall descent via Peters Valley, into the finish at the St James Homestead.
When we say Come run with the wild things we mean it – there is every chance of seeing Chamois, red deer, wild pigs and many different bird species including if you’re really lucky Kea and falcons.
GPS Live Tracking by TrackME NZ
Live tracking is included for the first 180 entries (across all races except the Mad Cow & Homestead Half). So all your mates can watch your progress online at home – https://trackme.kiwi/eventgroup/54/stjameshanmer
Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points (including three major stations on the MTB stage, with EM’s goodies, R-Line, water, banana’s, sunscreen & crampstop) but this is remote country so all competitors will need to be self-sufficient – all rivers & creeks should be ok to drink from directly. You will come through transition twice on the run.
Minimum Gear Requirements
All competitors will be required to carry a minimum amount of safety/emergency gear – it can go from hot sun to heavy snow in a matter of hours even in the height of summer. By preference race organisers require all riders to use hydration packs and not water bottles – these are too often lost/dropped from bikes and left on the track. As with any littering any competitor caught dropping rubbish will be intantly disqualified.
Race briefing will be at 6:50am with the race start at 7am – all competitors must attend the briefing.
Aid Station Distances – Aid stations will be located at approximately the 16, 32.5 & 44 km marks. Approximate distances between stations are; Start to 1st station (Stanly Vale) 16km, from there to 2nd station (Charlies Saddle) 16km and from there to 3rd station (Bull Gully mini) 11km and from there to finish 6km.
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Confirmed Entries & Results
Rose Pearson 5:39:01 (2020)
Brendon Bradley 4:32:24 (2016)