2019 Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk
21km - 14km - 7km
Saturday 9 November 2019

Entries for this year's Rimutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk have closed.
We have reached the 1000 entries limit for this year's event and entries have now closed.

A Wait List is available here: Remutaka Wait List

General Information

This is a fun run & walk on the Remutaka Rail trail through the Remutaka Ranges. All courses are predominately off-road. The rail trail rises from 254m above sea level at the start, along a steady gradient <1 in 40 until the bridge at Ladle Bend. Just past the 14k turnaround drink-stop (7k point) the course takes a left turn onto the steeper and very picturesque Back Road section. The track continues in a loop and then drops back down to the Incline Track where a right turn is taken on the return journey. This is a scenic and historic route that can be negotiated by any reasonably fit person. Water and refreshments will be available at the finish. There will also be a coffee cart near the Kart Club clubroom.
Please note that there won't be any EFTPOS services available, so please bring cash for hot drinks/food.

Rimutaka – I or E?
The name Remutaka was originally given to the ranges by Haunui-a-Nanaia as part of a journey of discovery across the southern North Island and refers to the place where he sat and gazed on the land. Remu means ‘to gaze about’ and ‘taka’ means ‘to sit down’. The name Rimutaka has no meaning in Maori. Legend has it that Haunui while resting may have also been looking for Wairaka, his wayward wife.

Venue - Start/Finish

Kaitoke Kart Track, Incline Rd, just off Kaitoke Loop Rd & SH2, Upper Hutt. The Remutaka/Rimutaka Rail Trail is well sign-posted either coming from Kaitoke or the Wairarapa - Map

Race HQ will be located at the Kaitoke Kart Track clubrooms.

Entry Fees

Online registrations will open on 21 July.

Before 11:55pm Friday 1st November:
Half Marathon - $40
14km - $30
7km - $15

After Friday 1st November:
Half Marathon - $45
14km - $35
7km - $20

Online Registrations:

There will be no On-The-Day entries if we reach the 1000 Entries limit prior to race day!!!

Start Times

Half Marathon Walk - 8:00am
Half Marathon Run - 8:30am
14km Walk - 8:45am
14km Run - 9:15am
7km Run - 9:30am
7km Walk - 9:35am
Please Note
Mandatory Race briefings will be held 10min before the start of each race.
Make sure you arrive early to allow time for parking, warming up and a toilet stop.


The 7km course is an out and back on the early flat stages of the trail.
The 14k course continues on the trail until the turnaround just before Ladle Bend Bridge.
The 21k course turns left immediately past the Ladle Bend Bridge, and gradually climbs onto a steeper undulating track (which depending on the weather may include a shallow creek crossing approximately 1 km from Ladle bend Bridge).The trail continues to climb to the high point then loops back to the main Rail Trail (approximately half way). On returning to the main Rail Trail it is all downhill back to the finish at the Kaitoke Go Cart Club. Please note that the 21km starts approximately 425m down the road from Race HQ.
Most of the course is on gravel/dirt road and is suitable for both road and trail shoes.

Drink Stops

Drink stops will be provided at approximately 5km, 7km (14km turnaround) and 10km (Back Rd/Ladle Bend area). With the 21km competitors returning through the 7km and 5km drink stop on the return leg. There will also be water available at the finish.

Race Numbers

To improve our record keeping on actual 'starting' entrants, and hence safety, Race Numbers are only available on the day. Race Numbers will be available for uplift from the Entries Desk located inside Race HQ near the event start.
Numbers must be pinned in the front at chest height and made visible to all Event Officials for checking off/recording purposes and kept to claim spot prizes.

Team Challenge

The TEAM CHALLENGE is available for each distance (7km, 14km and 21km).
Teams can be of any size with the first four team member’s finishing times to count towards the teams combined time.
The team with the fastest 4 combined times wins.
Note: No composite teams (mixture of runners and walkers) and no mixed distance teams.
Team Challenge entry is only available via the online registration, there is no additional cost for registering teams.

First Aid

Upper Hutt Community Rescue will be our first aid responders and will be out on the course and at Race HQ.
The organizers and first aid staff reserve the right to withdraw any entrant that they consider should not continue for medical reasons.

The Weather & What to Wear

The event will be held wet or fine. Dress for the conditions on the day! The weather can be unpredictable and it is essential that you bring a change of clothes. In case of inclement weather, we strongly advise that you wear thermals and carry a parka, hat and gloves. The hightest point of the course (21km) is 348m above sea level.


Parking is available at/near Race HQ. Additional Parking is also available along Kaitoke Loop Road. Please car-share were possible.
Please follow the parking marshall's instructions.

Spot Prizes

Spot prizes will be randomly drawn against all starting participants/race numbers and will be available for uplifiting as soon as practical after the start of the final race/event. Please check the notice board to see if you have won a prize. You must be present with your race number to collect your prize. There is no prize giving ceremony.

Race Results

Race results will be recorded and will be posted on our website's home page & result's page.

Special Race Rules

  1. Numbers must be pinned in the front at chest height and kept for spot prizes at the finish.
  2. Please keep on the left hand side of the track and single file to allow faster competitors to pass.
  3. Faster competitors must call out passing on your right if they need to get through a congested area.
  4. Walkers with walking poles are to keep left and remain in single file to ensure other competitors are not inhibited.
  5. Due to anticipated numbers on Race Day, the organizers would prefer not to see competitors with dogs on the course.
  6. For the 21km event - any participant not reaching the 7km point at Ladle Bend within 1 hour 25 minutes will be required to turn around (Health & Safety measure).

    This race is conducted by the Trentham United Harriers & Walkers Club. You must follow the Race Marshall's instructions, and in particular note that you will be withdrawn from this event if, in the organizer's opinion, you are unable to continue for medical reasons or you will not complete the event by 1:00pm.


    Entrants: Due to unforeseen circumstances Entry Fees can be refunded if you withdraw in writing to PO Box 40-357, Upper Hutt, 5140 or before 1 November. A deduction of $5 will be made to cover administration costs. Please enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope if acknowledgement is required.
    Race Director/Organizers: The Race Director/Organizers reserves the right to cancel the event in the advent of adverse weather and/or unsafe track conditions. Notice of cancellation will be promulgated on the Trentham United Harriers website ( and our Facebook page (Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk) at the earliest opportunity and advised by Notice at the event start/venue if the decision is made on the day. If cancelled by the Race Director, the non-committed component of the Entry Fee will be refunded once creditors have been paid.

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Start Times

Half Marathon Walk - 8:00am
Half Marathon Run - 8:30am
14km Walk - 8:45am
14km Run - 9:15am
7km Run - 9:30am
7km Walk - 9:35am
Race briefings will be held 10min before the start

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