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WAITAKERE FAT ASS 50 - Saturday 7th APRIL 2001New Zealand
No entry forms | No entry fees | No prizes | No organized race | No responsibility
Five stages averaging 10 kms per stage. Stages run past each of the 5 Waitakere dams.
Run headquarters Karamatura Park, Huia.
Stage 1 Karamatura to Lower Nihotupu Dam via Huia Dam (by Huia and Huia Dam Roads), across Huia Dam wall thence to Lower Nihotupu Dam via Parau Track and Huia road 9.2 kms
Stage 2 Lower Nihotupu Dam to Piha Road via Huia Road thence Pipeline Road and Pipeline track, Nihotupu Dam Road and Hamilton and Summit tracks, across Upper Nihotupu Dam wall thence Upper Nihotupu Dam Road. Watch for the waterfalls on the left, on the Upper Nihotupu Dam road. Please note that the Lower Nihotupu Dam road on the SW side of the Reservoir is not available to the public and must not be used for this run 9.4 kms
Stage 3 Piha Road to Cascade car park via Ian Wells track (formerly Auxilliary Dam trk) thence Cutty Grass track, Scenic Dve, Waitakere Dam Road, across Waitakere Dam wall, Fenceline Trk, Cascade Trk, Auckland City Walk to Cascade Car park (Waitakere Golf Club) 9.7 kms
Stage 4 - Cascade Car Park to Piha Road via Upper Kauri, Long Road and Ridge Road Tracks thence Aniwhata and Piha Roads to entrance to Upper Huia Dam track 9.2 kms
Stage 5 Piha Road to Karamatura Park via Upper Huia Dam track and Huia Dam and Huia roads to Karamatura. Rough single track for 2-3 kms then gentle downhill gravel road through the tunnel to Huia Dam 12.5 kms Available to individuals or teams of 2 to 5. Distances above are approximate. The approximate composition is 14% bitumen road, 18% gravel road, 68% single track.
Water (but no special drinks) and some food will be available at each of the stage stops and at the stage stops only. There is very limited (if any) water available elsewhere on the run. Runners are advised to carry any additional requirements. Also, runners should wear or carry a polyprop top and a showerproof top. The weather can be changeable.
These are public parks and sensitive to heavy traffic. Please do not drop any rubbish, give way to walkers/trampers, be cheery and say hello to everyone. Public toilets are available at the start, Huia Dam, Lower Nihotupu Dam transition, Upper Nihotupu Dam Road, Waitakere Dam and Cascade Car Park. Please note cellphones, computers, TVs and radios are not welcome here. This is nature at its brilliant best. Listen for the birds and smell the flowers.
Each of the stage stops are readily accessable by car. Runners are recommended to obtain the Waitakere Ranges Recreation and Track Guide available from the Arataki Visitors Centre and leading map shops.
Registration is at 0630 on runday. Pre-registration would be appreciated. Briefing is at 0645. The run will start at 0700 sharp. Sausage sizzle to follow from 1300 hours onwards.
Enquiries to Ian Cornelius 09 627 9562 or mobile 021 800 330 or email email@example.com