It’s the great ‘Ring of Fire’
The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place on April 7 next year.
Organisers confirmed the event yesterday, saying it will be based from the Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village.
The event has been more than 18 months in the planning with support given by Iwi surrounding Mount Ruapehu including Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Uenuku and Ngati Rangi.
It is the natural evolution of the two existing off road running events on the mountain – the annual Goat Tongariro and Tussock Traverse that take place on the iconic Round the Mountain track.
The event includes a 72km three-leg relay, a 72km Solo Ultra and a 45km Adventure Marathon. The Relay and Solo Ultra events involve a circumnavigation of the mountain on the iconic Round the Mountain track, starting and finishing at the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.
The event is expected to attract up to 800 athletes in its first year, growing into over 1000 athletes in subsequent years.
Jason Cameron of The Event Collective said the Ruapehu Ring of Fire event will be the most challenging and exciting event he has been involved with in the National Park and they were committed to developing it into a world-renowned event.
Next year is the first ever Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon in the Tongariro National Park.