Kia tūpato | Rules & Safety

Te Houtaewa Trust welcomes you all to Te Hiku O Te Ika (The Tale of The Fish).  To help ensure an enjoyable and memorable time for all entrants, supporters, media and sponsors, please read the following information carefully as it constitutes the rules and race conditions of the Te Houtaewa Challenge 2020.

  • Your participation in this event is at your own risk

  • Your entry is strictly personal and non-transferable

  • Runners must always wear their own official race numbers when competing

  • Race numbers issued by the Te Houtaewa Challenge 90 Mile Beach Organisers identify the official entrants in the race

  • Folding, cutting, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear the race number is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification. Your race number must be placed high on the FRONT of your singlet or t-shirt where it is clearly visible

  • All athletes shall follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities

  • Runners must also be aware that as 90 Mile Beach is a designated road, so the rules of the road apply

  • Relay vehicular traffic must always keep to the LEFT of the runners  

  • The organisers and sponsors of the event may have the use of your name, voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising promotion or other account of this event.

If you have a medical problem, which might lead to an emergency, put a cross on the front of your race number and write the details on the reverse of your race number, especially your medication. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and distance. Start the race well hydrated and drink regularly as you lose a lot of fluid ‘insensibly’.

Support Stations will have basic first aid kits and staff in attendance and are positioned every 3kms.  St John’s personnel are available at the race finish line. If you feel distressed, please go to the nearest Support Station for assistance.

Race Headquarters will be established at Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia on Friday 6th March 2020. Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

A bus and baggage service will be provided for the Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half-Marathon entrants only to the each of the race starts. Baggage containers will be provided at the start of each location and be transported to the Finishers Tent for pick up.

Departure time for the bus for Ultra Marathon 
Departs at 6.00 am from Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia, for the Ultra Marathon start at 7.30 am

Departure time for the bus for Marathon
Departs 8.00 am from the Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia, for the Marathon start at 9.30 am

Departure time for the bus for Half Marathon
Departs 10.00 am from the Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia, for the Half-Marathon start at 11.30pm

Support Stations will be located on the course every 3 kilometres with water / bananas / flat coke

All entries who finish the Te Houtaewa Challenge are champions, the mauri (essence of the kaupapa), that enables us to celeberate each year. Each registered entry will receive a peke of taonga, hand selected for this annual event. 

(Please note this does not include the koha event, registrations)
Full results will be posted on the website within the following week.

Houtaewa Village at Paripari Domain on Foreshore Rd, Ahipara on Saturday 7th March commencing at approx 4.30 pm. This will be the formal recognition and all registered entries must be at the ceremony and not represented, and you will forfit any additional taonga (prize).