Trail Racing for Everyone!!
The Crater Rim Ultra is a series of races up and around the crater rim of the beautiful and picturesque Christchurch Port Hills in New Zealand.
2018 Race Date Now Confirmed!!
The 2018 race date has been set!! 2018 sees the Crater Rim Ultra 50KM event awarded the Athletics New Zealand Trailing Running Championships.
NOTE: Some information regarding the race course may change before the 2018 event. This is due to additional events being added and some minor course adjustments based upon the 2017 feedback received.
Race Course Video
Please watch the below video for a view of the course along with some history of the Port Hills area. You'll also see the stunning views you'll be treated to!!
Video produced by FLASHWORKS Media
Some Quick History...
From a low key beginning in 2001, when 31 runners finished the course, the event has now increased to include hundreds completing the course, including many top local and international athletes.
The event attracts interest from outside Christchurch and is a popular build-up to the Kepler Challenge in early December. Many competitors return for the challenge and the scenic nature of the course which overlooks both the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour.
Conditions for the event in early Spring can vary from a hot fine day to the type of conditions encountered in 2007 where it was extremely wet and cold.
For many entrants this is their introduction to trail running in a competitive environment.
The event organizers, Port Hills Athletic Club, have a full traffic management plan in place for the trail run and many club members assist as marshals and drink station attendants around the course.
The event is followed by a presentation function with place prizes and generous spot prizes and all competitors receive a great morning tea.
The picnic style atmosphere at the end as competitors sit around enjoying their refreshments and recounting their various experiences on the course and the support they give to other finishing competitors is a reflection of the friendly atmosphere of this event.