16th Feb 2018
Start and Finish
The start line for the Great Lake Relay is on the Tongariro North Domain (in the same place as the finish line!) The start line for the Length of the Lake Relay will be at the Pukawa Reserve, on the southern end of the Lake.
The finish line and prize giving for all events will be held on the Tongariro North Domain.
Getting Around the Course – Great Lake Relay
It is the responsibility of each team to get themselves to each transition and around the course. There are many different ways to do this, however if this is your first time we would recommend one of the following options.
We would suggest that you divide your team into 3 or 4 groups, depending on the size of your team e.g. Group 1 is doing the first 5 legs, Group 2 will do the next 5 legs etc. It is not advisable to have your entire team on the course for the whole event as it is a HUGE day and everyone will get very tired – remember the idea is to enjoy yourselves.
Your team has a large vehicle, ie Van, that can comfortably accommodate 4/5 people and all the gear they will need whilst on the course (drinks,food,clothing).
This vehicle stays on the course and you have one other vehicle that can shuttle the next group out and bring the group who have just completed their legs back to your base.
You have two normal sized vehicles – one takes a group of competitors and stays with them until they have completed their legs, e.g. Legs 1 – 5, and after meeting the next group comes back to your base. The second vehicle takes its group and heads out to the legs the second group is doing, eg Legs 6-10, and stays with the group and after meeting the next group heads back to your base. The first vehicle has re-loaded with the third group and heads back out to the legs the third group is doing, eg 11-15, etc.
Getting Around the Course – Length of the Lake Relay
You have two normal sized vehicles – one takes a group of competitors and stays with them until they have completed their legs, e.g. Legs 1 – 4, and after meeting the next group comes back to the finish line. The second vehicle takes its group and heads out to the legs the second group is doing, eg Legs 5 – 8, and stays with the group until the last leg.
Traffic around the course will be very heavy and congested – you will not have time to drive to and from Taupo for the start of each leg so please do not even attempt this. You will need to allow extra time to get your groups to and from your course vehicle.
The vehicle on the course can drop off the person doing the leg, drive a kilometre or two up the road ( find a safe location off the road to park) then cheer your team mate on as they go past etc etc. When your team mate has completed 2/3 of the leg you drive to the next transition so your next person is ready to go, pick up the person who has just completed the leg and repeat the process.
Remember no pacing is permitted either by vehicles, bicycles or other runners/walkers. No parking is permitted within the coned area at each transition and parking is not permitted on SH1 between Turangi and Taupo. Please be respectful to other teams and competitors have the right of way at all times. Remember safety is paramount