The Wild Auckland trails series is a series of trail run or walk events that aims to introduce people to regional parks around the Auckland region that they might not have visited before.  Now is a great time to explore new trails while the Waitakere Ranges and other parks are closed due to Kauri Dieback.

Relying on their key value of “professionalism in jandals”, Lactic Turkey Events presents a series of events that are achievable, approachable, not overly—competitive (unless you want it to be), affordable and fun for all levels of fitness and experience.

From the Kids Dash (2-3km) to the Expedition (long course) 18-25km  there is a distance option for everyone.

As part of the last event we offer a 50km Ultra distance along the famous Hillary Trail – effectively a half Hillary!  From Huia to Piha with some extra bits 😀

So put on your adventurer shoes and join us to explore new areas, to stretch the legs and to treat the eyes to sweet views and scenery!

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21 AUG

Tawharanui
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2 OCT

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27 NOV

Piha/Anawhata/Karekare
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CHOOSE YOUR COURSE

There’s something for everyone in our course options!

Why not get really motivated and book in the series of 4 events and secure an amazing discount! Four events for less than the price of three!

KIDS DASH

$10
  • 2-3km

  • WALK OR RUN
  • A chance for the kids (under 14yrs) to have a go and experience the joy of running on trails in the wilderness.
  • Introducing them gently, to enable them the skills and enjoyment levels to want more as they grow into fully fledged trail peeps.
  • $30 Discounted Series Entry for all 4 events
  • Start at 12 noon

TOUR

$30
  • 7-10km

  • WALK OR RUN
  • A jaunt through the regional park, perfect for families, new trail runners or those out for a light day.
  • Short and very sweet, leaving you with a smile and a sense of achievement.
  • $20 – Juniors Under 18 and Senior citizens, students (must show student ID at Rego)
  • $99 Discounted Series Entry for all 4 events
  • Start at 10:30am

DISCOVERY

$40
  • 12-15km

  • WALK OR RUN
  • Delve in deeper to the delight our city of trails has to offer.
  • A quest for those a little more used to getting out and about in the trails.
  • $25 – Juniors Under 18 and Senior citizens, students (must show student ID at Rego)
  • $129 Discounted Series Entry for all 4 events
  • Start at 10am

EXPEDITION

$50
  • 18-25km

  • RUN ONLY
  • A sensory odyssey taking you through the best of the Auckland outdoors.
  • The mighty Totara of our course choices, guaranteed to send your pride levels soaring.
  • $35 – Juniors Under 18 and Senior citizens, students (must show student ID at Rego)
  • $159 Discounted Series Entry for all 4 events
  • Start at 9am

WILD AUCKLAND ULTRA (a half Hillary) – for the final event at Piha we offer a 50km Ultra course for $100 from Huia to Piha.

The series discounted price to include the Ultra for the last event instead of the Expedition course is $210.

THE COURSES

The courses will be released on the week of the event (usually the Monday evening) and the final details email will be sent to all participants by at least the Wednesday in the week of the event.  This is to ensure the first time mystery and adventure of the courses rather than have people pre-run them – to keep the exploring feel of these events.

Courses will be clearly marked with course marking and marshals where necessary.

There will be water stations on all courses except the Kids Dash.

50km Ultra

Although we don’t release course details for our Wild Auckland events until the week of the event, to maintain a level of adventure and exploring, 50km requires a bit of training, so here is some basic information to help you plan.

  • Distance: 50km
  • Vert Climb: approx 2050m 😲
  • Timetable: As per the Timetable section on this page below. Start 7am.
  • Cut-offs: We want to get as many people to finish the ultra as possible but also can’t have our marshals out there all day so will have cut-offs in place to ensure everyone is finished in approx 9 hours.  Therefore you may not pass the event base at Piha (approx 35km), to do the Anawhata section after 1:30pm noon (6.5hrs).
  • Aid Stations: There will be aid stations at 11km Whatipu (basic), 21km Karekare (full sha-boodle) and 35km Piha (full sha-boodle).
  • Start Location:  The start is at the Karamatura carpark.
  • Finish Location: The finish is the same as all the other courses, at the Piha Domain.
  • Transport from your car at the Finish to the Start:  You’ll need to sort this out – carpooling.  We’ll look into a mini bus maybe.
  • Compulsory Gear: whistle, wind and waterproof seam sealed jacket, thermal hat/Thir, at least 1 litre of fluid, some food, a survival blanket, a charged mobile phone and a first aid kit.

TIMETABLE

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Kids Dash

(2-3km)

The Tour

(7-10km)

The Discover

(12-15km)

The Expedition

(18-25km)

The Ultra

Event 4 only (50km)

Registration at the venue

 From 8am
From 8am
From 8am
From 8am
From 6am

Race Briefing

11:45am
10:15am
9:45am
8:45am
6:45am

Start

12noon
10:30am
10am
9am
7am

Prizegiving

1pm
1pm
1pm
1pm
2:30pm

The Ultra and Expedition courses are for for runners only.  All other courses can be walked or run.

COMPULSORY GEAR

For this series of events, due to the nature of the courses we do not insist on any compulsory gear.  However we recommend the longer course participants take the basics as it’s good practice to carry this type of gear anytime you hit the trails!

We recommend the following: Whistle, wind and waterproof seam sealed jacket, thermal hat/Thir, at least 1 litre of fluid, a survival blanket, a mobile phone and a first aid kit.  For the last events 50km Ultra, this list will be compulsory.

You will also need your reusable cup as we will not have paper cups at aid stations – these are provided free, at registration if this is your first Wild Auckland or can be purchased for $4.

REUSABLE CUPS

Lactic Turkey Events tries to do our bit for the environment and we’ve been #paperplasticcupfree for our trail runs for three years now.  We use a 220ml foldable/crushable reusable cup as per below.

Thanks to IronOak Financial Services, everyone will get one of these free for their first event, to use at our events or any other event that is cupless!

If you lose your cup for some reason then you can purchase replacements for $4.  These can be purchased at our online store HERE.

There will not be any paper/plastic cups at the aid stations throughout the day or at the finish line, so you will need to take this on the run with you to use.

MERCHANDISE

We have event trucker caps and our Lactic Turkey first aid kits for sale as part of the entry process or our online store HERE.

$20 – Trucker 5-panel Mesh Caps

We wear these caps ourselves and no matter if its a formal cap for wearing out and about or your running cap, these things look good and are quality.

$20 – Lactic Turkey Custom Survival Compact First Aid Kit

This is put together to meet the standards for most event compulsory gear requirements.

This contains: Alcohol wipes, antiseptic wipes, non-adherent dressing, plasters, plaster fabric strip, safety pins, scissors, a survival blanket, tri-angular banadage and a lactic turkey emergency whistle.

All contained in a resealable waterproof bag measuring 14x8x2cm

DO YOUR BIT FOR KAURI DIEBACK

The idea of the Wild Auckland series is to introduce you to new parks and trails now that the Waitakere Ranges and increasingly more parks close due to Kauri Dieback.  The parks we take you to may not be closed but best practise dictates that we use the same principles of Kauri Dieback management in all regional parks.

We continue to work with the Auckland Council to ensure that we mitigate the risk of the event spreading Kauri dieback.  Through these measures and education of participants and supporters we ensure that we are using best practice to minimise the risk of spreading the disease that is affecting New Zealand’s greatest and most majestic native trees.

The event also aims to help raise awareness of the Kauri dieback issue to the wider public.

Please ensure you read all the information on Kauri dieback here which outlines what the issue is and what you can do – whether part of the event or in your training.  Lets all help raise awareness of the issue!

RULES, T&C’s, PARTICIPANT WAIVER

The following are the rules of the event and you will sign your agreement to these during the entry process.

Event in the following waiver declaration is known as “Wild Auckland Trail Run/Walk”.

  • I agree to comply with the rules, regulations and event instructions of the Event.
  • At all times competitors must obey the instructions of Race Officials and Police Officers and beware of vehicular transport. Any competitor who fails to obey the instructions of Race officials or the Police will be removed from the Event and disqualified. The race director has the discretion to disqualify competitors.
  • No competitor may use any banned substances with the intent to improve their performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose. Any competitor serving a ban for banned substances in another sport is not permitted to enter.  The Event Organisers may test any athlete for the use of a prohibited substance at its own discretion – a positive test resulting in disqualification.
  • It is important that all competitors exhibit good behaviour and sportsmanlike conduct, and treat fellow competitors, Event organisers, volunteers and contractors with courtesy and respect. Failure to do so may result in disqualification at any time before, during or after the Event.
  • If a competitor withdraws from the Event they must advise the finish line officials of their withdrawal as soon as possible and prior to leaving the venue.
  • I acknowledge that there are risks involved with participation in this Event and fully realise the dangers of participating in an event such as this and fully assume the risks associated with such participation and my wellbeing during the Event.
  • I understand and agree that situations may arise during the Event, which may be beyond the immediate control of officials or organisers, and I must continually participate in a manner that does not endanger either myself or others.
  • I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently trained for participation in the Event and I have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person.
  • The Event organisers reserve the right to alter rules, regulations, Event course and venues at any time provided athletes are advised prior to the Event, or if such a change is in the interest of competitor safety.
  • The Event Organisers reserve the right to implement the contingency plan in the interests of competitor safety but will not be held liable for any loss as a result of such a decision. In the event such a decision is made, if the conditions are still deemed to be unsafe, the Event organisers have sole discretion, and may cancel the Event without obligation to refund entry fees.
  • Neither the organisers, the sponsors nor other parties associated with the Event shall have any responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any risk incident that might arise, whether or not by negligence, from any direct or indirect loss, injury or death that might be sustained by me or any other party directly or indirectly associated with me, from my intended or actual participation in the Event or its related activities. I do therefore hereby on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assignees release and forever discharge the organisers, sponsors of, landowners and any and all persons involved in the conduct of the event from any and all liability whatsoever or claims of damages or actions whatsoever (including negligence) in any manner arising out of my participation in the Event.
  • I authorise my name, voice, picture and information on this entry form to be used without payment to me in any broadcast, telecast, promotion, advertising, or any other way pursuant to the Privacy Act 1993.
  • I consent to organisers or suppliers filming me with an aerial quadcopter above or next to me while taking part in the Event.
  • I consent to receiving medical treatment which may be advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered during the Event.
  • I have if relevant to this Event, made my team members aware of these conditions and have authority to sign on their behalf.
  • I understand that I have rights under the Privacy Act 1993 to access and correct any information held about me.
  • I certify that I have read and understand the current Lactic Turkey Events COVID-19 Policy on the event website

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Explore your city of trails!

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