It’s the great ‘Ring of Fire’

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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.

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