31 Jan 2023
For the fifth year running - and since its inception in 2018 - Mountain Jade have been selected to work with IRONMAN in delivering the pounamu toki finishers medals for this years Tarawera Ultramarathon 100 MILER event.
New Zealanders have a deep and strong connection with pounamu (greenstone or jade), while the toki is a symbol of mana and strength. For this reason, it's the perfect recognition for those who manage to overcome this epic feat of endurance.
The event takes place in Rotorua over the weekend of 11-12th February 2023, with athletes required to complete the staggering 100 mile (165.2km) course, in 36 hours or less. This year, there will be a staggering 500+ MILER athletes - more than double the number of 2021, when the event last took place.
The race starts at 4am and as daylight breaks, traverses some of the most epic and beautiful landscape in the Rotorua region.
Mountain Jade artists, such as Mountain Jade's Tamaora Walker (pictured) have carved and shaped the pieces that will forever connect athletes to this extraordinary achievement.
Worn as a symbol of strength, toki carries with it deep symbolism associated with mana, reverence, strength and overcoming adversary. The perfect way to honour those who complete this feat.
The pieces are ready to be boxed, and make their way to the finish line where athletes will be able to select their very own. Which stone will speak to you?
Mountain Jade will be at the official Race Expo - Lakefront Reserve Rotorua from 9am to 5pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February 2023, as well as Sunday 12th through til 1pm prize-giving.
Come and meet us and share your Tarawera stories. Our very own Rich Barter will be there on the Friday - a TUMMILER finisher in 2021 - who will be running the 102km this time out.
And if you're running the MILER... maybe get a glimpse of what awaits you.