Cash boost for Tarawera Ul­tra

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The Tarawera Ul­tra­ma­rathon is set to re­ceive a $300,000 cash boost af­ter Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges an­nounced fund­ing to ex­pand the event.

The cash will be used to sup­port the Tarawera 100 Miler, a 100 mile run­ning race to sit along­side the ex­ist­ing port­fo­lio of Tarawera Ul­tra­ma­rathon events which take place in Ro­torua ev­ery Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘The Tarawera ul­tra­ma­rathon is part of the Ul­tra-Trail World Tour, a group of 22 of the most pres­ti­gious trail ul­tra­ma­rathon run­ning races in the world,’’ Bridges said.

‘‘In the 2017 event, just un­der half of the 1,300 par­tic­i­pants were in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, and it is ex­pected that the ad­di­tion of the 100 Miler will bring a fur­ther 500 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors for an av­er­age of nine days.

‘‘This event of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to show­case Ro­torua and New Zealand to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence through its links with the Ul­tra-Trail World Tour, NZ Trail Run’s so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing, and the so­cial me­dia pro­files of the world-lead­ing elite in­ter­na­tional ath­letes ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate.’’

The in­au­gu­ral Tarawera 100 Miler will take place in Fe­bru­ary 2018 along­side the tenth an­nual Tarawera Ul­tra­ma­rathon.

The plan is for the 100-mile race to start and fin­ish in cen­tral Ro­torua near the Vil­lage Green.

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