Ring of Fire – Volcanic Ultra, 50KM, 24KM and Relay

Greetings and well done!

Our organising team are buzzing about the 2019 ROF adventure.  We welcomed repeat runners/walkers and a whole bunch of new athletes to Mount Ruapehu.  The energy at the briefings, start lines, finish line and prizegiving was warm and glowing.  Spirits (Wairua) had been tested and strengthened through time interacting with both the Maunga and the people.

With kind weather and some classy athletes course records were broken with Sam Clark and Lucy Bartholomew taking out line honours in the 72km solo.  The 50km Ultra proved popular as did the new 24km solo.

We have released the event video which we believe captures the essence of the event – stunning volcanic landscapes, extreme physical efforts, pride and warmth of people.  There are some amazing pictures taken by over 8 photographers all around the mountain.

The 2020 date is not set yet, but we intend to announce the date by 1 June.

Thankyou once again for sharing some time with us in the Ruapehu region.  We hope to see some of you back for 2020.

Nga Mihi (Regards),

Nick, Jason, Tim and the rest of the ROF crew.

The Ring of Fire offers a choice of;

  • 72Km Solo Ultra,

  • 72km Relay (approx. 3 x 24km legs) and

  • 50km Solo Ultra

  • 24km Solo

The 72km Solo Ultra (individual circumnavigation) is an incredibly tough physical and mental challenge that only carefully prepared individuals will take on.

The Teams Relay offers the opportunity to team up and take on the 72km (team circumnavigation) by completing one of three 24km long legs.

The 50km Solo Ultra will take individuals on a journey around two thirds of the mountain from the Ohakune Mountain Road home to the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

The 24km Solo is an achievable alpine trail run or walk. This is the least technical leg that gives you a taste of mountain running and is a great introduction before taking on the longer distances.

The historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel will be the start and finish for the Solo Ultra and Relay and the finish for the 50km. With Ngauruhoe nestled grandly in the foreground this area will be transformed into a global village of sights, tastes and sounds as citizens of the world gather to celebrate life, health and human achievement at the highest level.

Here are six top reasons to take on the Ring of Fire challenge in 2019.

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire takes place in one of the most treasured landscapes on earth. Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and recognised a dual UNESCO World Heritage area for its cultural and natural values. Especially sacred to the local Maori people, it also has significant conservation and recreational value to the people of New Zealand. The park was made possible by the foresight and generosity of Ngati Tuwharetoa. The event course passes through the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Uenuku and Ngati Rangi.

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