Due to increasing problems surrounding the course, health and safety, and costs of compliance the Avalanche Peak Challenge has been postponed.
Avalanche Peak Challenge has missed only two years in more than 25. But this recess will allow us time to plan ahead with the relevant stakeholders for a new course that is safe , affordable and sustainable in the future.
Please help us by entering early. It might also help you avoid disappointment for missing out on the entry limit or incurring the late entry fee.
Entry is limited to fully paid entry forms received from the first 250 runners and 150 trampers.
If entry limit is met, organisers will start a waiting list and inform entrants of their position on waiting list.
Entrants who do not get a start will have their entry fees refunded in full within 30 days after the event.
If the event is not full, entries still be taken on race day.
Runners - $70.00
Trampers - $45.00
T-shirts - $40.00
Entries close 17 February.
If the event is not full, late entries will be taken after 17 February, with a late fee of $15.00.
Order t-shirts when you enter. We have a small number available on race day but will not do post-race orders.
No refunds for withdrawals will be made after February 17.
No refunds will be made if the event is canceled due to extreme weather or any unforeseeable act of nature.
Open Men & Women (15-39yrs) - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Vet Men & Women (40-49) - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Vet Men & Women (50yyrs+) - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Open Men & Women - ages 12 & above
NB: The new course caters for trampers, but it will not be a competitive walk. Trampers will have spot prizes specifically for their category.
NB: Categories are allocated automatically via your date of birth.
D.O.C. Visitor Centre Car Park, Arthur's Pass Township.
7:30am - Registration & Gear Check
9:45am - Tramp Briefing
10:00am - Tramp Start
10:45am - Run Briefing
11:00am - Run Start
12:30pm - First Finisher Expected
3:30pm - Last Finisher Expected
3:30pm - Prizegiving
On race day all entrants must be at Arthur's Pass at least 90min before their start time.
All entrants must have their compulsory equipment checked at registration.
Race numbers and a full event details, course and safety notes will be issued at registration. All information must be read before the start.
All entrants must attend the final pre-race briefing.
Male participants who feel they may not finish within five hours may, if they wish, start with the women at 10:00am. But you must advise the race secretary by 9:00am on race day.
The new-look course should be runable in almost all weather. It was used in the past as an alternative course in bad weather.
If extreme weather and/or any incident or "act of god" outside of the race organisations control force the event to be cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.
When training on the course you must use the following official maps:
Topomap K33 - Otira (1:50,000)
Parkmap Arthur's Pass (1:100,000)
The new-look Avalanche Peak Challenge is a 16k mountain race in true mountain environment, taking in the 1800m high peaks of Mt Bealey, Lyell Peak and Avalanche Peak. The route includes native bush tracks, marked mountain routes and creek crossing. The course will be marked and marshalled.
The event starts in Arthur's Pass Village, at 760m above sea level, from D.O.C. Visitor Centre Car Park. The race starts with 1.5k on the road to the Mt Bealey track beside Rough Creek.
This is a rough mountain track, heading up the Mt Bealey ridge line to the bushline at approx. 1200m above sea level. The route continues up the ridge over the lower and upper peaks of Mt Bealey, which is the high point of the race at 1836m above sea level.
From Mt Bealey the course takes the main ridge south, undulating to Lyell Peak at 1828m.
The course then continues undulating south on the Lyell Peak ridge to Avalanche Peak at 1833m.
From Avalanche Peak the course continues south on Scott's Track, which descends a razor-backed ridge down to the bushline, with the track eventually emerging on the main road approx 1k west of Arthur's Pass.
The course follows the road downhill through Arthur's Pass Village to finish back outside the D.O.C. Visitor Centre Car Park.
Avalanche Peak is a true mountain environment that is very remote, physically challenging and prone to fast changes in weather.
To train or race this course you must be capable of two to five hours for runners and three to seven hours for walkers.
The route is a mixture of bush tracks and marked and unmarked mountain routes. Always take a topo map, warm clothing, jacket, food, fluids and a survival blanket.
Never train on the course alone! Always register your intentions with the Arthur's Pass Information Centre.
Never attempt to run the course when it is snowing. This is very dangerous as several areas are extremely slippery.
Parts of this course are on a razor-backed ridge lines with drops on both sides of the track. The route is safe, but some people do feel uncomfortable running or walking alone. Travel in groups and take your time.