The 42Km Marathon Challenge begins at North Hukatere beach and follows the ultramarathon route to Ahipara. Our marathon challenge is the perfect opportunity for you to push yourself as fast as you can across a long distance, while feeling the soft sand underfoot as you make your way to the finish line!
What makes this run unique is that you will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. As a participant you will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and you will be challenged with the task of returning the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
Half the distance with all the glory, the half marathon is a perfect opportunity for anyone to get their toes wet in unique running experience. Beginning at North Waipapakauri ramp this race is a relaxed challenge to the festival finish in Ahipara.
Teams of 7+Driver, with last 3km runners, run together.
This unique challenge is the opportunity to come together as a team and support one another as you each take on a leg of the the marathon course. This special relay is the moment for everyone and anyone to get their toes wet in the sport of running.
What makes this relay unique is that you each will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. The first member of the team will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and it will be your teams task to pass the kumara to each member and return the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
The time for our leaders of tomorrow to band together and race for the Te Houtaewa Korowai, is now!
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For this year’s Walk for Life, Te Houtaewa Māori Charitable Trust would like to raise breast cancer awareness and support women and men suffering from this disease. We would like to come together as one as we step up and support them for this cause.
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te houtaewa challenge
The youth version of a Marathon Team Relay. Exactly the same in terms of requirements to participate but sponsored by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust to ensure that this korero will be here for Mokopuna of tomorrow.
This is created by Tamariki for Tamariki, following in the footsteps of our Tupuna and the Wero “Te Houtaewa Challenge”, known for his incredible athletic abilities.
In teams of six, you will form a relay team where you will all participate in the 42km Marathon course, each completing 6km of the journey towards the finish line of Paripari Domain, Ahipara. At the end of the relay, you will be welcomed into a festival where your whanau and friends are encouraged to come along to help cheer you and your team in.
Anyone that’s a taitamariki/youth!
Taitamariki/youth is any persons between the ages of 13 – 22 years old, so anyone aged between 13 – 22 years old can enter and be part of the Taitamariki Ultra Team Relay Challenge.
We want this challenge to be inclusive to all youth in our community so we encourage anyone in this age range to come together, form a team and take part in the challenge!
We want to break down the financial barriers for our taitamariki (youth) in order for them to be a part of this challenge! Register a team and together decide, what and how you will contribute.
KOHA – (Maori custom of a gift, present, offering, donation, or contribution) toward this event.
It is up to you to form a team! You can team up together with classmates from school, like a sports team, as a church group, as a whanau or just as a unique team!
Some things to know
The challenge takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 at 8:15 AM.
The challenge begins at Hukatere on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) and finishes at PariPari Domain, 163 Foreshore Road, Ahipara. 19
As this race takes place on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach), we recommend 4×4 wheel drive vehicle in order to handle the soft terrain.
The relay is a 6-person team with each team member running a distance of 6km. The changeover will be in accordance with standard rules whereby athletes must touch hands in the designated transition area.
In case of injury or illness during the race which forces the athlete to abandon the competition, the next stage runner may start immediately after an official has verified the situation.
All participants are expected to carry a kumara and every team relay member to collect and carry the additional kumara at each designated station. Teams must All cross over the finish line together. All participants are to “return a kumara” to the Village Pātaka.
Your team must supply their own 4×4 vehicle with a designated team driver who will be there to support the running members by driving along the beach to the start point of each leg.
Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata.Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako!Ko Kurahaupo te wakaKo Pohurihanga te rangatiraKo Maungapiko te maungaKo Parengarenga te moanaKo Waiora te maraeKo Ngāti Kuri te iwiHe uri tēnei nō ngā iwi o Muriwhenua. Kua roa nei te wā e noho ana ki te rohe o Ngāti kahuwhakaako tamariki ana.