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100km World Champ in Rotorua

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

100km World Champ in Rotorua

From the snowy, -25 degree trails of Sweden to the vibrant lakeside forest trails of the Tarawera Ultramarathon in Rotorua New Zealand, current 100km world champion trail runner Jonas Buud is looking forward to the change of pace.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon is a world-class 100km trail run from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty and is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, a series of the 12 most prestigious ultra-running races in the world.

Currently visiting New Zealand for the first time, Buud has an impressive track record, culminating in winning the 100km World Championships last year, which also placed him as the 12th fastest runner over the 100km distance of all time. Jonas has also won the Swiss Alpine Marathon, one of Europe’s largest ultramarathon races, eight consecutive times.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon on February 6 will be Buud’s first ultra race after winning the world title in The Netherlands in September last year.

“I’ve run smaller races since the world championships, but this will be my first big race since then and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I saw video footage of the Tarawera Ultramarathon on YouTube and thought it looked tremendous. The spectacular views and pristine environment, it just looked like a really great race and different to what I usually run,” says Buud.

“I’ve run every type of trail but I like flat trail running the most, which is what the Tarawera Ultra is, so I’m really looking forward to it. The heat will be the biggest challenge for me, having come from minus 25 degrees and 50 centimetres of snow in Sweden, but the distance and course is perfect for me.”

Buud has spent the past week in New Zealand acclimatising and stretching his legs amongst other pristine trails such as Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands on the outskirts of Auckland and the South Island’s Kepler Trail in Fiordland National Park.

Tarawera Ultramarathon organiser Paul Charteris says Jonas’ presence, alongside another 19 of the world’s most elite trail runners, is testament to the profile the race has built.

“We are extremely lucky to have the trails we do in New Zealand and the Tarawera Ultramarathon makes the most of all the best bits of New Zealand’s scenery, terrain, culture and heritage.

“The fact we are part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour has cemented our profile on the world stage and recognises what a unique trail and overall experience we have created.

“It is fantastic that Jonas is joining us this year and he will be a tough competitor to beat.”

Elite men to keep an eye out for alongside Asics-sponsored Buud are Jason Schlarb, Mike Wardian and Ford Smith (USA), Ryan Sandes (RSA), David Byrne (AUS) and Vajin Armstrong (NZ).

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