Ring of Fire – Volcanic Ultra, 50KM, 24KM and Relay
Event Date – Saturday 23 March 2019
Entries will open Wednesday 15 August at 8:00pm
Congratulations to the 620 runners and walkers who took part in the inaugrual Ring of Fire, we look forward to hosting you again in 2019!
The Ruapehu Ring of Fire is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and exhilarating alpine adventure running events in the Southern Hemisphere with its unique combination of terrain, distance, altitude and views.
The circumnavigation of the majestic Mount Ruapehu will challenge competitors physically, mentally and spiritually. It will be tough and uncompromising, but in the end, one of the most authentic sporting experiences available in New Zealand.
Participants are treated to a mix of desert, scoria and lava fields, stunning native bush, scraggy tussock desert like terrain, crystal clear mountain streams as well as breath taking climbs and expansive views of one of the most treasured landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The event starts at 4:00am, well before dawn, outside the timeless elegance of the Chateau Tongariro Hotel with athletes donning headlamps to start their journey in the final hours of darkness. Travelling in an anti-clockwise direction on the Round the Mountain track to circumnavigate Mount Ruapehu, the runners finish back on the grass lawn outside the spectacular Chateau Tongariro. In 2018 the fastest individual, Andrius Ramonas completed the 72km solo in 8hrs 46mins with Kelly Sutherland the fastest female home in 10hrs 55mins. Our last athlete reached the Chateau Tongariro, arriving well after nightfall but beating the midnight cut off.