2022 is going to see some big and exciting changes for the 27th Traffic Management NZ Taupo Great Lake Relay!! The event is still keeping its original concept and team building model but with distances that are more logistically convenient for teams and competitors. Making it a completely new experience by also going in the opposite direction now! These major changes have been made for safety reasons as the event now will not run-on State Highway 1 between Turangi and Taupo as the volume of traffic over the past 27 years has increased considerably.
All Long Course teams will now start at the stunning Pukawa Reserve and head in an anti-clockwise direction around Lake Taupo to finish up on Taupo Riverside Park and Amphitheatre, the same place that the Length of the Lake has started for the past 11 years. The Traffic Management NZ Long Course covers 100km around Lake Taupo. Each team consists of 5 to 10 members, either running or walking the 100km around Lake Taupo.
The Smiths Sports Shoes/Asics Short Course covers 50km around Lake Taupo and caters for teams of 2 to 5 who can run or walk to complete the 5 legs from the Tihoi Trading Post (located on State Highway 32) on the southern end of the lake back to Taupo and finishing in the Taupo Riverside Park and Amphitheatre.
Friday 18th March
5pm – 9pm: Registration at the Great Lake Centre
Saturday 19th March
5.00am: Start for Long Course 100km Composite Teams
6.30am: Start for Long Course 100km Running Teams
8.00am: Start for Short Course 50km Walking Teams and Solos
9.30am: Start for Short Course 50km Composite Teams and Solo Runners
11.00am: Start for Short Course 50km Running Teams
6pm: Prize-giving for all grades on the Taupo Riverside Park and Amphitheatre
Please note: All Long Course Teams must provide their runners with at least one flashing light for their first two legs of the event.