2020 Rakiura Challenge race information

2020 Rakiura Challenge race information

Date 3rd October 2020

Start time 8.30am

All competitors staying in Oban will be transported to the Start Area on race morning.

Race Briefing

The Oban Community Centre will be open from 7:30pm on Friday night for a Pasta Dinner for all competitors.  This will be followed by a full race briefing led by the Race Director.


The weather on Rakiura/Stewart Island is very changeable.  Participants should come prepared for all weather conditions.  In addition to clothing being worn during the run, as a condition of entry all participants must carry the following:

  • Thermal long-sleeved top and leggings
  • Thermal Hat
  • Gloves
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket
  • Survival Blanket
  • Drink bladder or equivalent, (minimum 2 litres of fluid) and food suitable for a four to eight hour run/walk.


Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to any competitor considered not capable of completing,

Participants must be 15 years of age or older.  Participants younger than 15 will be considered on a case by case basis by contacting the race director.

Organisers reserve the right to withdraw, or turn back, competitors who have not reached the Log Hauler turn-off (above Port Williams) by 10.30am.

Organisers reserve the right to withdraw competitors who have not reached the North Arm check-point 2.30pm.  Water Taxis are available from this point.

All competitors must attend a Safety Briefing to be delivered at the start line 15 minutes prior to the start.

Competitors will be issued with numbered bibs when checking in at the start line.  They will have received an information pack (Race Pack pick-up) at the Race Base in Oban.

Tail-end Charlie

The Tail-end Marshal will leave with and shadow the last competitor on the entire course.  Tail-end Marshal will carry the list of starters.  This list will be relayed by radio to Event Sector Check Points.  Tail-End Marshal to stay with the last competitor unless that competitor withdraws or is turned back.  If a competitor is turned back, this competitor must be monitored and have their progress monitored until they exit the course.


Race Base for the day will be at the finish line.  Base Control will have Controller/radio operator, supported by Police (if available), and Race Director for the duration of the event.


  • Helicopter for emergency call-out and evacuation
  • Water taxis for emergency call-out and evacuation
  • Water taxis to assist with and support marshal placement and evacuation


The event will be cancelled if, in the opinion of the Police, Search and Rescue Group and the organisers, the weather is so inclement and result in high winds, torrential rain, risk of trees being blown over the track and causing injury or causing slips and landslides. 

The final responsibility and decision are with the Race Director.  Announcement of cancellation to competitors and the public is to be made by the Race Director.

Prize Giving

Prize giving will be held at the Oban Community Centre 6:30pm on Saturday 3rd October 2020.  This will be followed by a prize giving dinner.