The course is just short of 100km and utilises the i-ways, parks, walking tracks and incorporates as many hills as possible. This is to show off our beautiful landscape and views that Hawkes Bay has to offer, and to keep runners off roads where possible.
There are 14 legs that range from 5.5km to 10km, so will accommodate and be a challenge for both the novice and experienced runner.
As you can imagine, with an event that is 100km long it is important from a Health and Safety perspective that all participants are contained in a set area throughout the course. This ensures that Traffic Management is always where it needs to be and is protecting participants without being too stretched out. The cut off times and Holding Pens are explained below. Please remember that these times have been put in place for your safety and for overall course management. This is also why the rule of not being able to run more than one leg at a time has also been put into place.
Cut off time: If your runner has finished the leg before the cut off time, they just tag their teammate and that runner carries on. If your runner is not there by the cut off time, then your next team runner will be started at this time and when your runner does arrive your team time will be calculated accordingly to include their correct time. Most teams will be able to make the cut off times, but it also means those teams that are a bit slower still get to take part and won’t be running on their own the whole way.
Holding Pens: It doesn’t matter what time your runner arrives; the whole group will begin that leg at the time stated below. This effectively creates a group start and “resets” the course. Don’t worry your times will be calculated and you don’t lose any of your momentum. It does ensure that traffic management, marshals and safety measures are in place for the next section of the course. Think of it as giving your support crew and runners a chance to get some supplies and enjoy seeing what HB has to offer. It also means that the winning teams will be a bit of a mystery until the prize giving – adds to the suspense eh?
Marshals: There will be specific marshals along the course that are there to stop Relay participants for safety reasons. If a team member does not abide by the Marshals instructions, a time penalty will be given to that team.
If that team does this a second time, that team will be disqualified from the race for unsafe practices.