The course has gained a reputation as being hard but achievable.
2020 is the fifth year the event has been held, each year seeing more and more competitors signing up to take on the mountain.
The half marathon event offers the option of entering the Run or Tramp category.
The race starts in Coopers Creek, at the base of Mt Oxford. Over the 21km you are going to be climbing steeply up the mountain, experiencing the amazing 360 degree views of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains. You’ll descend the mountain through the ‘goblin forest’ that will make you feel like you are in a different world. The bush life is truly spectacular and it is quite acceptable to stop to get some photos or to just soak up the special feelings you get being somewhere so magical.
Once you are off the mountain you then take an undulating track back to the finish that will see you going through creeks, enjoying some great technical terrain, and experiencing some more of the most stunning bush life New Zealand has to offer.
There is the possibility of snow on the summit, adding to the 'adventure' element of the race. You are welcome to carry poles with you.
Mt Oxford has to be experienced to be believed, sign up for this great challenge and experience the mountain and NZ nature at its best!
Photo by Centuri Chan.
Venue to be confirmed.
If you are staying in Oxford for race weekend you will be able to collect your race pack and have your gear checked on the morning of the race between 6:00am and 7:30am at the start/finish area.
We recommend that you wear trail running shoes with a good grip on them as the trail is technical.
PLEASE REFER TO ATHLETE INFO FOR ALL COMPULSORY GEAR.
Please note the Tramp and Run start at different times. Tramp 7:00am
RACE BRIEFINGS ARE HELD 15 MINUTES BEFORE EACH RACE START.
Tramp 6:45am Run 7:45am
$105 includes finishers medal, custom Salewa buff, post race nourishment, and an experience of a lifetime.