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Adventure running definition: the act of running and moving over vast expanses of mountainous like terrain and commonly including some technical elements that provide extra challenges such as underfoot conditions, elevation and atmospheric conditions.

Adventure running is where a new breed of trail and off-road runners in New Zealand are redefining their limits with a total mind and body experience.

A recent addition (established in 2018) to the kiwi adventure running-scene is the Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra, 50km, 20km & relay that will take place on Saturday 21 March 2020.

In the footsteps of the ancestors, you will figuratively have fire in your heart and heels as you take on one of Australasia’s foremost adventure running events in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual world heritage area for its breath-taking nature and enriching culture.

The event offers the bucket list 72km solo ultra, starting and finishing outside the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel in Whakapapa Village and circumnavigating Mount Ruapehu on the Round the Mountain track.

A three-leg team relay comprising an average 24km per leg covers the same course. Also, on offer is a 50km ultra from Turoa Ski Area around the southern side of Mt Ruapehu back to the Chateau. A 24km trail traverse is offered on the final section of the course from Tukino back to Whakapapa Village.

The Ring of Fire relay is a rare once a year opportunity to get together with your friends and family and do something extraordinary as a team in the greater outdoors.

The course around the mountain features over 3,200m in a vertical ascent through boulder-strewn river valleys, native beech forests and alpine herb fields. Across lava fields, swing bridges, desert sands, and up the sides of soaring waterfalls.

The events start from just before 4 am through to midday with the last participants in the 72km Solo expected back by midnight. The evening finish line as the sun goes down is an eclectic vibe of music, mood lighting, craft beer and beverages and rousing commentary from knowledgeable and entertaining MC’s bringing athletes from around the world back to a memorable finish line.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your mates together and come run where the mountains meet the sky in majestic Tongariro. Enter today at


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