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Human run/walk: Piha to Karekare Horse Races

0 Comments 03 February 2015

Karekare Beach Horse Races – a human fun run/walk from Piha to Karekare.

Karekarehorse05On Saturday 28th February 2015 Karekare Beach will host the 25th Classic Beach Horse race event on the famous Karekare black sand.

With the surf thundering against the back drop of cliffs this has become a day to remember for generations of Aucklanders.

The day will include ten horse races, a beach carnival, demonstrations by the local surf club and a beach running race starting outside Karekare and finishing on the beach.

LacticTurkeyHorseaBe part of this iconic day by joining with Lactic Turkey Events and completing 10km fun trail run or walk from Piha through the Waitakere Ranges and into the Karekare Valley. The course will go through the bush following the Hillary trail. As part of this run there is showers available in the Karekare surf club and for a small fee a mini bus running between Piha and Karekare.

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Karekare Beach Races Human Event (10km Fun Run or Walk)

The inaugural Human Event of the Karekare Beach Races will see runners and walkers travel 10km through stunning Waitakere Ranges bush taking in magnificent views of the west coast and finishing on Karekare beach as the horses begin their events. Startng at Piha and following the Hillary Trail to Karekare.  Karekare Beach Races Human Event

The event finishes on the beach and just in time for the annual Karekare Beach Races Coastal Carnival.


For the human event – The course starts at the end of Glen Esk Rd in Piha. It follows a loop of tracks through a nikau grove to spread everyone out before following the track up a gradual incline to the breathtaking Kitekite falls. Feet will get refreshingly wet here as the course crosses the stream near the falls. It then follows up Connect Track, Kauri Grove Track, Winstone Track and Ussher Track to Piha Rd. The course then heads west along Piha Rd and turns left into Log Race Rd. At the end of the road it turns onto Mercer Bay Loop Track with some of the best views in the entire Waitakere Ranges. It then follows Comans Track and lastly, after enjoying some beautiful views of the north end of Karekare beach, the course turns right onto a small track that takes human eventers down for a wee loop on the beach before the finish line.

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