Cash boost for Tarawera Ultra
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.