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Back Country Cuisine Alps 2 Ocean Ultra

24-Feb-2019 Mt Cook, South Island, New Zealand

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
301KM / 187Miles
7 Days - 120 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

The Alps 2 Ocean Ultra is a 316km 7-day staged race that takes place in New Zealand. It starts at the foot of its highest mountain and finishes at Oamaru, on the Pacific Coast. Cut-off times apply.

Although the race is self-sufficient, participants can choose between unsupported and supported options to run where the organisers carry their kit from one campsite to the next. Teams of 4 are also accepted. External support is not allowed. Checkpoints with water and electrolytes will be available every 10 to 15km.

Mandatory food rations will be randomly checked.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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Chidge10

05:47 12-03-18

2018.
I ran in the first edition of this multi stage ultra in New Zealand and absolutely loved it. I had previously taken part in a multi stage event in the USA which was good, but this was great. Extremely well organised and run by a great team of friendly people. The scenery was to die for with rolling mountain views to farmers fields. Great camp every night with good toilets and hot water. This race topped out at about 330km and was the toughest thing I have ever done. Would I recommend it. Bloody right I would. As far as bang for your buck goes, I can’t see anyone beating the A2O.

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CaroNZ

08:57 08-03-18

My first stage race and it will also be my second next year. The organisation and love that has gone into this race is outstanding. Amazing pre-race meals, great tents and surprising extras (you have to come to find out). The volunteers and support was second to none. And as expected stunning scenery. Make sure you are happy on gravel roads and still able to then climb and descend a steep hill and you will love it.

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SharonC

01:49 08-03-18

2018 race was amazing! The organisers thought of everything and a bit more. Incredibly well organised. Beautiful countryside. This was my first multi day ultra and would highly recommend it. It is along the cycle track and while there is some parts through softer tracks, most of it is on hard surfaces. As long as you train on some hard surfaces, you will love it. I certainly did!

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