The Mad Dash – Half Day March 26, 2019

The Mad Dash



The inaugural Mad Dash has arrived…So dust off your best set of adventure pants, your mountain bike, running shoes and your mates and join us for a social evening of racing.

The race is pretty simple. It’s been broken into 3 legs so we have the excitement of checkpoints with the ease of a simplistic course. You can do it solo, in a team or as a relay. The time limit is 3 hours but we anticipate most entrants will complete this in 2.5hrs or faster.


Date: Tuesday 26 March, 2018

Start location: Hansens Park, St Martins

End Location: Valley Inn Tavern, Heathcote Valley

Start Time: 6pm

End Time: 9pm

Entry Fee Per Person: $35.00


The Mad Dash Course


Stage 1: Mountain biking

Start: Hansens Park

End: Rapaki Car Park

Distance: 4.41km

Route: Leaving Hansens Park, follow the road around to Rapaki Rd which marks the start of the uphill grunt. Keep on going up until you reach the top and the Checkpoint will be based from the car park.

There will be an area set aside for bike parking that will allow your support team to come collect these for you. We do not have the facilities to return bikes to the Inn so please make prior arrangements for collection of you bike. We will have a staff member monitoring the bikes for safe storage until your crew can arrive. 

Stage 2: Rock Climbing

(All equipment will be provided)

Start: Check point

End: Top of crag (Check point)

Route: Racers will need to make their way to the base of the crag for the rock climb. All equipment will be provided, including instructions, so you don’t need any experience in climbing to complete this stage. To keep things fair for racing, only one person from the team category is required to climb on this stage.

From here go to the 2nd checkpoint to depart for the run.

Stage 3: Crater Rim Run

Start: Rapaki Rock

End: Valley Inn Tavern, 2 Flavell St, Heathcote

Distance: 6.36km

Route: Follow crater rim walkway to the top of the bridle path, there’s a final check point here, before you drop down into Heathcote Valley and make your way to the Valley Inn Tavern.

The good folks at the Inn are really happy to accommodate our landing zone for the end of the race. Prizes will be given out between 9-9:30 pm & will be for the following categories:



1st solo, 1st Team, 1st Relay

Last solo, Last team, Last relay

Spot prizes: Best dressed climber, fastest mountain biker, coolest shoes.


We wanted to add a twist to our race so the last solo, team and relay racers to come in the door before the cutoff time will also receive a winners prize.


Course Highlights

  • Start: Hansen Park, St Martins
  • Stage 1: Mountain Biking Rapaki track
  • Stage 2: Abseiling at Rapaki Crag
  • Stage 3: Run Crater Rim walkway & down the Bridle Path
  • Finish: Valley Inn Tavern, 2 Flavell St, Heathcote Valley.






  • No prior expereince necessary
*Minimum 40 people needed to run a course

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Participant Details

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to make a booking and pay by internet banking, or you can pay online using PayPal (PayPal incurs an additional 3.5% processing fee).

Other Details

Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

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Course Timing

6:00pm to 9:30pm