The trails making up the WUU2k Trail Marathon course are 100% runnable. They constitute a mixture of single track and four-wheel drive trails with a few road crossings. Below you can find a brief description of the course broken down into sections you will have to cover between each marked Marshal Point and/or official Aid Station.
The total distance of the course is roughly over 42kms with a nett elevation gain of 1,778 meters. The peaks you will pass through are:
- Mount Kaukau (445 meters)
- Crow’s Nest (385 meters)
- Makara Peak (412 meters)
- Wrights Hill (356 meters)
- Tip Track Point (400 meters)
- Mt Albert (182 meters)
- Mount Victoria – Finish line (197 meters)
Start to Mt Kaukau
Elevation start: 202m
Elevation end: 445m
Approximate distance to Mt Kaukau: 1.5km
The first climb will take you to Mt Kaukau in just over 1.5km, where you will be greeted by a Marshall. From here you will head towards Makara peak in the distance. On a clear day you will experience stunning views across the harbour and towards the south coast. Mixed terrain with hard packed single trail.
Kaukau to Makara Road
Elevation start: 445m
Elevation end: 228m
Approximate distance to Makara Road: 10km
By the time you get to the first aid station at Makara Road you will have covered 11.5kms of the total distance. On the way you will pass the infamous Crow’s nest (350meters), from which point you will follow an undulating trail to Makara Road. Fuel up before you start your climb up to Makara Peak from across the road. Undulating single trail with some rocky sections.
Makara Road to Makara Peak
Elevation start: 228m
Elevation end: 412m
Approximate distance to Makara Peak: 2.2km
This is a straight up climb with a single trail zig zag to start with all the way to the top of Makara Peak. At the top you will be greeted by another cheerful Marshall before you head down to the Car Park.
Makara Peak to Makara Car Park
Elevation start: 412m
Elevation end: 140m
Approximate distance to Car Park: 4.5km
This is where you can enjoy the well-earned long downhill all the way down to the Makara Car Park and the second aid station. The total distance you will have covered is roughly 17.5km. Soft single trail through native bush with some muddy sections if there has been rain.
Makara Car Park to Wrights Hill
Elevation start: 140m
Elevation end: 356m
Approximate distance to Wrights Hill: 4.5km
The end of this section is roughly the halfway point for the Marathon. You will be greeted by a cheerful Marshall at top of Wrights Hill as you get onto the Zealandia fence line track and head towards the Wind Turbine. Total distance covered approximately 21.2kms. Soft single trail through native bush.
Wrights Hill to Wind Turbine
Elevation start: 356m
Elevation end: 399m
Approximate distance to Wind Turbine: 5km
This part of the course is undulating as you follow the Zealandia fence line. You will feel the net effect of the run catching up on you. You will get a chance to refuel and get energised at the aid station before you head down towards the Tip Track. The trail is wide with hard packed clay surface and some rocky sections.
Wind Turbine to Tip Track
Elevation start: 399m
Elevation end: 401m
Approximate distance to Tip Track: 4km
At the top of the Tip Track you will be greeted by a Marshall who will direct you on. This part of the trail is called Car Parts extension and you will be on well-maintained single track all the way to the Tip Track. From here the course goes all the way down on a wide four-wheel drive track to Happy Valley Road. Here a Marshall will again guide you at the road crossing on your way to Mt Albert.
Happy Valley Road to Mt Albert
Elevation start: 401m
Elevation end: 162m
Approximate distance to Mt Albert: 4km
At about 37kms Mt Albert is your last aid station before you head on to make your final push towards Mount Victoria. The trail is wide single track with some minor climbs.
Mt Albert to Mount Victoria
Elevation start: 162m
Elevation end: 197m
Approximate Distance to Mt Victoria: 5km
From Mt Albert you will be getting on the Southern walkway as you make your way to the Finish line. Savour your achievement as you climb up to the Lookout: You have accomplished the 42km WUU2k Trail Marathon!
How can you train for it?
The organizers put much emphasis on the fact that the WUU2K is a tough event, and rightly so. The course is promising to be more than challenging with more than 2500m accumulated elevation gain for the ultra distance. If this wasn’t enough, Wellington winter can only make things even more difficult. Not that we do not wish a lovely sunny winter day for the event, but it is hard to know what is going to come on race day. The bottom line is, the WUU2K is a challenge to be taken seriously but quite achievable with a bit of preparation.
To get you ready for the WUU2K we are offering coaching for everyone who is registered for the WUU2K. Check out this special offer for training for the WUU2K.