Described as the most technically challenging off road marathon in New Zealand


  Do you think you are tough enough!  

42 km marathon run, 22 km half marathon run/walk and 14km run/walk. Limited places available so register your interest

Extreme Toughness (Full Marathon 42km)

The marathon begins at Hikuai School on the eastern side of the Coromandel Ranges. There is a gentle 6 km run along a quiet gravel road to the end of Puketui valley. Into the bush there is a gut busting 690 metre climb over 6 kms as the track heads up past the Paton dam and Kaitarakihi junction to the Hihi trig. The race then descends down the Hihi to the BillyGoat track past the magnificent BillyGoat falls and into the Kauaeranga Valley floor.

The transition point for the start of the half marathon is at the WAINORA campground at the head of the Kauaeranga Valley which provides toilets, water and a base for First aid and supporters.

From the transition point it is 22 km to the finish. Competitors climb again over 4 kms up along the Wainora track to 650 metres under the iconic table top mountain before the long slow decent down to sea level at Thames High school to the finish.

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Tough Enough (Half Marathon 22km run/walk)

The half marathon is a run or walk event and starts at the WAINORA campground.

Designed for runners or walkers the half marathon gives an opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to have a go at something iconic and right on their door step. It is an opportunity to experience the bush, to achieve a goal previously thought out of their reach.

The half marathon may take 7 hours or as little as 2 1/2 hours based on previous walk/run times

Toughening Up (14km run/walk)

The inaugral 14km race will be featured for 2015 and is a shorter option for people looking to get started but not yet tough enough to take on the Half or Full marathon option.

Designed for runners or walkers, the 14 km event runs up the Waiotahi track to the Junction then proceeds down the Karaka track to Thames High school. This track show cases some of the truly jaw dropping scenery right behind the Thames township.

Estimated times for runners and walkers will be from 1-3 hours.


Total distance of 42 kms. 1st leg is 20 kms. 2nd leg is 22 kms.

More track maps at NZ Walks Info