14th March 2015
The 2015 event is set for 14th March 2015. Entries are not yet open as Auckland Council final approval is pending and is expected in August/September. We wanted to fix in the date however so you could book it in and start training/planning! Pre-entries will open shortly in order for people to book a spot in the limited participant numbers event.
The 75km Hillary Trail was opened in 2010 and connects a network of existing tracks in the Waitakere Ranges (west of Auckland City) into a physically demanding 3-4 day tramp. The trail was named in honour of New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary and, according to the Auckland Council, it sums up the sense of adventure and personal achievement that Sir Ed himself championed and was renowned for. Hard to disagree with that.
Sir Ed himself said “In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.” These typically modest words were spoken by arguably the most famous New Zealander – a sporting and adventure hero, who scaled heights and reached places where no human being had gone before. And hence the pull of the Hillary Trail for so many today: we all want a challenge!
Since its opening, the lure of the trail to runners has become strong with many New Zealand trail runners attempting and successfully completing the trail. As a regular runner of the Hillary Trail, Shaun Collins from Lactic Turkey Events cannot resist the urge to organise an event along the Trail. And so this event was born.
It’s time to share this trail with the world!
The very first ever running of The Hillary was on 28th March 2014 and was a great success. Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about….
Help raise awareness of kauri dieback
The Hillary course goes through the Waitakere Ranges and this area has been identified as having Kauri that are infected with Kauri dieback. The event permit process has been a long process over nearly two years and one of the main reasons is Kauri dieback. We have worked with the Auckland Council to ensure that we mitigate the risk of the event spreading Kauri dieback. Through these measures and education of participants and supporters we ensure that we are using best practice to minimise the risk of spreading the disease that is affecting New Zealand’s greatest majestic native trees. The event also aims to help raise awareness of the Kauri dieback issue to the wider public. Please ensure you read all the information on Kauri dieback here which outlines what the issue is and what you can do – whether part of the event or in your training in the Waitakere Ranges. Lets all help raise awareness of the issue!
Images of the Hillary Trail
Check out the gallery for a full set of images of various jaunts along the Hillary Trail, but here is a teaser!