So once again I have signed up for the Goat alpine adventure run. This was my first real off-road run and I’m super excited about returning to the original course after last years last minute change of course due to volcanic activity at the crater lake.
Not only is this the tenth year of the Goat but they have also added a new event to increase overall numbers to 1000 competitors.
I can’t wait to once again run from Whakapapa to Turoa around Mt Ruapehu in the middle of Tongariro National Park.
I know that I’m going to get some strange looks from my non runner friends as i explain to them once again why I am turning down that extra beer to get up at sparrows fart on the weekend to run up a mountain for “training.” But truth be told this is one event that most of them can actually relate to as it is a pretty simple, if not daunting thing to picture running around the base of the North Islands largest mountain (Ruapehu). In fact the goat goes bush is also very much like that as it travels over the Kaimais.
The Goat course Whakapapa to Turoa.
These point to point races are great to explain to my friends just what an undertaking my events are. It is often extremely difficult for them to fathom running more than 2-3 km on the road. Why would you what to run 21km around a mountain?
On the other hand I feel that I can begin to appreciate just how far a 42 or 60km race really is. This takes an extreme amount of commitment in training and lifestyle choices that marathoners and ultra runners take in their stride (pun not intended).
Give yourselves a great big pat on the back!!!
This does not mean that I’ll be entering Tarawera anytime soon!
I can appreciate others commitment, not commit!
The Goat Tongariro is a special event for me and an event that I don’t want to miss. These guys do a great job in a truly amazing and ever changing landscape.
Is there one event that you return to every year? What draws you back?
If you really sell it I might see you on the startline!