2021 Event Update

Kia ora ROFers,

It’s been a while since you last heard from us. Like most of you – we have been hunkering down trying to comprehend and plan in these sanity defying times.

It seems an eternity since mid-March when we entered this new phase of life. Ruapehu Ring of Fire was due to take place on Saturday 21 March this year, but was cancelled four days prior due to the arrival of COVID-19 when first the NZ borders closed then gatherings and events of 500 or more people were prohibited.

Eighty-four international athletes from eight countries who were set to arrive in New Zealand for the event were instantly denied with a further five hundred ninety-one domestic athletes all missing out on participating in the third annual Ruapehu Ring of Fire.

We felt your frustration and disappointment in not being able to stage the event. As a pinnacle event for us we love organising it and seeing people achieve their dreams and goals.

It was devastating to lose the event that close to D-Day. Our first thoughts were for the athletes that had sacrificed so much to get to the start line. To have that cruelly taken away in the circumstances was shattering for everyone, however, the enormity of this thing soon sunk in with the reality of what was happening around the world.

With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 we have now taken the difficult but necessary decision not to deliver the full Ruapehu Ring of Fire event in March 2021.

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire is a complex and costly event to deliver due to its scale, location, unique environment, health and safety requirements, and commitment to a holistic participant experience. COVID-19 only exacerbates those challenges with the risks currently too high for us to manage with the likelihood of no international competitors and now being less than six months away from our original 2021 event date.

All is not lost though.  Ruapehu will still host a quality ultra-distance option in early 2021 with a 50km event option to be offered within the 17th annual Tussock Traverse Alpine Adventure event to be staged on Saturday 30 January 2021 and doubling as the first major trail running event of the year in New Zealand. The Tussock Traverse is organised by Victory Events one of the founding partners of The Event Collective) that organises the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.

In addition to Tussock Traverse event options including 6km, 12km, 21km and 32km options, the 50km event will utilise the Ring of Fire 50km course starting from Turoa Ski Area. All events finish next to the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

Importantly, we will offer 300 event credits for 2020 ROF entrants ranging from $40.00 for a 24km or individual team relay entrant, $60 for 50km entrants and $100 for 72km solo entrants to be redeemed for the Tussock Traverse 21km, 32km or 50km events.  

All you need to do is email Amy at to receive your special event credit promotional code. Because of the limited number of event credits available this offer is for 2020 ROF entrants only and cannot be passed onto other people. We are also providing options for ROF entrants who may have already entered the Tussock Traverse or want to change their entry to a different event than they currently have. 50km entries will open this week at at 9.30am tomorrow Thursday 15 October. Codes will not be distributed until entries open.

If you are an international entrant, we will hold these event credits over for you until our 2022 event.

Our hope is that as many of our 2020 entrants, loyal fans and partners can still join us in January next year to experience the treasured trails of this magical, majestic landscape of Tongariro in the Tussock Traverse.

We will then look ahead to the summer of 2022 where we hope the Ruapehu Ring of Fire can re-emerge as an iconic Southern Hemisphere endurance event once again with people from around the world.

Come Run Where the Mountains Meet the Sky.

Cancellation Refund Policy 30 March 2020

Hi ROFers,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy in this demanding and uncertain time.

Thank you for your understanding in allowing us this time to work through the implications of having to cancel the 2020 Ruapehu Ring of Fire (ROF). We have purchased event cancellation insurance for every edition of the ROF event. Unfortunately this insurance did not cover Pandemics such as the Covid-19 virus.

Whilst we are not obliged to offer refunds under our entry terms and conditions, personally we have made a decision to return the unspent portion of entry fees we received.

We now wish to offer a small refund to you for your ROF entry fees.

The refund will be 25% of the price you paid for your entry.

In addition, a 100% refund will be offered on any bus tickets and Pōwhiri tickets purchased pre event. Any ROF merchandise purchased pre-event will be sent via tracked post as soon as we are able to send.

We would love to be able to refund more of your event entry fee; however, the reality is having to cancel ROF in race-week meant that near 80% of the event revenue including entry fees was already committed to costs of running the event at this time.

We acknowledge that you have still invested a significant amount into an event that did not take place, albeit for reasons well beyond the control of any of us.  We are truly sorry for this.

If you wish to receive a refund, please email before Sunday 19th of April.  We will then transfer that money to you.

Some of you have expressed via Facebook, email or phone that you do not wish to receive a refund. This is incredibly generous of you.

We have determined that any entry fees you do not want refunded will be used to help build future Ring of Fire events, or be donated to the two charities that do a lot of valuable work on Mount Ruapehu. These Charities are Project Tongariro and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, both of whom help us enormously with the delivery of ROF, and would have received event donations in the 2020 event. By declining our refund offer, you accept that you are happy with any of the three options mentioned.

We are currently planning the next Ruapehu Ring of Fire event and hope to be able to deliver an event in March 2021 if possible.  However, we need to be in a ‘wait and see’ mode while the Covid-19 virus is still dynamic around the world.  We will continue planning in the background and will keep in contact with updates on our website and communications via Facebook and email. All 2020 entrants will also be given a preferential time based opportunity to enter and a small discount entry for the next ROF event.

We thank you all for your understanding. The active community engagement and sharing by ROF entrants since the cancellation has been amazing to see and read. We wish you all the very best for the next few months of life and training.

We hope that you may be able to take part in future Ring of Fire events in New Zealand.

Finally, we would also like to acknowledge the understanding and ongoing support of our valued partners, sponsors and stakeholders through these challenging times.

Best regards,

Nick, Jason and Tim

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Ring of Fire Media Release – Thursday 21 March 2019

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Ring of Fire Media Release – Friday 6 April 2018

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Ring of Fire Media Release – Thursday 5 April 2018

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Ring of Fire E-newsletter Three – Wednesday 4 April 2018

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Ring of Fire E-newsletter Two – Monday 26 March 2018

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Ring of Fire E-newsletter One – Friday 16 March 2018

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Ring of Fire

Media release 3

6 July 2017

“Six times Goat to take on the Ruapehu Ring of Fire”

He’s not called the Goat for nothing… Sjors Coorporal has dominated the 20km technical mountain run held on Mount Ruapehu for the past 6  years making him the Greatest Of All Time.  Sjors has shown plenty of ‘goat like’ strength and agility to maintain speed over broken uneven terrain and he will need those abilities as he turns his attention to the newest mountain challenge – the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.

The Ring of Fire is a circumnavigation of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano located in the Tongariro National Park.  Runners start and finish from the historic Chateau Tongariro, departing at 4:00am.

Sjors is expected to be in good company as many other top class runners are expected to take on the mountain in its inaugural year 7 April 2018.  Runners are expected from NZ, Australia and from as far afield as China.

Course Director Tim Day from New Zealand Trail Runs believes the 72km course will deliver its fair share of challenges to competitors with lots of elevation changes, a rocky and mixed running surface, creek crossings and of course the varying temperatures associated with an alpine environment.  Day says it is an achievable event, especially with the option of a 3 person relay and 50km walk, but it is an event that entrants must respect and train properly for.

Kerry Suter from New Zealand’s leading trail run training company Squadrun expects the winner to complete the event in under 8 hours depending upon the weather conditions on the day.  Suter says it is likely that a relay team of 3 will be the first across the line, but it is possible that an extremely fit and technically competent Solo runner might still have a chance.  He says the race is as much about the tail end of the field as it is about the leaders and he looks forward to welcoming everyone back home to the finish line as runners scramble to make it back by the mid night cut off.

Entries for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire open on Monday 10th of July at 9:00am.  With the events sister event – The Goat selling out in just 15 minutes, it is expected that entries will be snapped up early.

Picture of Sjors Corporaal winning the Goat Alpine Adventure Run, by Jamie Troughton.


Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon
Saturday 7 April 2018 – Tongariro National Park – New Zealand
Media 2, Date: Monday 22 May 2017.

Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ticks all the boxes for international competitors”

Competitors in the Ultra Trail Australia event held in the Blue Mountains near Sydney over the weekend have shown a lot of interest in being part of the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon scheduled for Saturday 7 April 2018.
Ruapehu Ring of Fire organiser Nick Reader said that they had specifically targeted competitors and supporters taking part in Ultra Trail Australia as they share the same competitive, environmental and cultural values that are central to the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.
“The Blue Mountains where Ultra Trail Australia was held is a world heritage area just like the Tongariro National Park, which will host the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.”
“We were very happy, but not overly surprised, at the level of excitement shown by both competitors and supporters at Ultra Trail Australia at the idea of coming over to NZ to take part in the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire next year,” he said.
“The Ruapehu Ring of Fire ‘ticks all the boxes’ for ultra-marathon competitors and their supporters.”
“The location of the event itself in a dual world heritage national park combining spectacular alpine terrain and scenery, respect for cultural and environmental values, and a race that will challenge competitors physically, mentally and physically.”
“We are very confident that we will achieve our target competitor goal of 800 athletes for the 2018 event that includes 100 internationals, and then growing that to over 1,000 athletes in subsequent years.”
“With events such as the Ruapehu Ring of Fire there are typically one or two supporters for every competitor which could see Ruapehu hosting around 2,400 event specific visitors over the event weekend and lead up to it.”
“The Ultra Trail Australia attracted 4,500 competitors which highlights the huge popularity of ultra trail running world-wide and the potential for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire to develop into an iconic international signature-sporting event for Ruapehu and NZ.”
“Entries for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire will officially open on Monday 10 July at 9am NZ time, however, in the interim people can find more information at or contact myself directly on 021 632 721 or email”
The location of the Ruapehu Ring of Fire ultra-marathon in the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park combining spectacular alpine terrain and scenery, respect for cultural and environmental values, and a race that will challenge competitors physically, mentally and physically ‘ticks all the boxes’ for potential international competitors.


Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon
Saturday 7 April 2018 – Tongariro National Park – New Zealand
Media 1, Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

“Ruapehu Set to Establish New International Adventure Event”

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018 based from the Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park, a dual world heritage area.

The event has been more than eighteen months in the planning with support given by Iwi surrounding Mount Ruapehu including Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Uenuku and Ngati Rangi. It is the natural evolution of the two existing off road running events on the mountain – the annual Goat Tongariro and Tussock Traverse that take place on the iconic Round the Mountain track.

Event options for the Ruapehu Ring of Fire will include the 72km three leg relay, an epic 72km Solo Ultra and a 45km Adventure Marathon. The Relay and Solo Ultra events will involve a full circumnavigation of the mountain on the iconic Round the Mountain track starting and finishing at the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

The event is expected to attract up to 800 athletes in its first year including 100 internationals; growing into over 1,000 athletes in subsequent years.

The event has been created by The Event Collective, a collaborative of some of New Zealand’s best off road adventure event directors: Jason Cameron (The Goat Adventure Run & Tussock Traverse), Nick Reader (Ruapehu Express) and Tim Day and Paul Charteris (Tarawera Ultra Marathon, Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km and the Waitomo Trail Run).

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that the Ruapehu District Council in conjunction with Visit Ruapehu were both excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ultra, Marathon and Relay and what we believe will become an iconic international signature-sporting event for the Ruapehu region.

“With its strong conservation values and commitment to respecting the cultural heritage of the area the Ruapehu Ring of Fire Ultra, Marathon and Relay is the perfect fit for the dual World Heritage status Tongariro National Park where the event will take place,” said Mayor Cameron.

“We look forward to welcoming participants and their supporters to Ruapehu in April 2018 and what will be a truly unique New Zealand experience.”

Jason Cameron of The Event Collective said “having organised events in the region since 2004, the Ruapehu Ring of Fire event will be the most challenging and exciting event we have been involved with in the Park and we are committed to developing this into a world renowned event event for Ruapehu and New Zealand”.

“We are looking forward to working with local Iwi and other community groups to make this an authentic and memorable experience for international and national visitors alike and are delighted to have the support of the Ruapehu District Council and Visit Ruapehu to enable this event to be launched”, said Jason Cameron.

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire is being launched this weekend at the Ultra Trail Australia event being staged in the Blue Mountains near Sydney and part of the Ultra Trail World Tour.

Entries will officially open on Monday 10 July at 9am NZ time at

For more information contact Nick Reader 021 632 721 or email

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