about the race
THE FULL MONTY
You or your crew are nutters and want to compete one of the three distances by yourselves.
You or your crew are sharers and carers and want split the glory between two or three crews.
The Waikato 100 was founded by the Waikato Rowing Club with the purposes of:
To promote the clean-up of the Waikato River and all water ways in NZ and to highlight preventative measures that minimise polluting our waterways.
To give back to the community via a fundraising effort for either, the event charity or a charity chosen by the entrants, that will be promoted on our Partners page.
To promote the wondrous and fantastically positive aspects of the sport of rowing;
To promote the supporters of this event if every way possible to ensure it’s a win/win/win for all who participate in the Waikato 100.
This year's Waikato 100 will have four race options; 100km, 50km, 25km and a team relay (50km or 100km).
The 100km course will begin at Hamilton, with checkpoints at Ngaruawahia (25km), Rangiriri (50km) and Mercer (75km) and finish at Elbow Landing.
The 50km course will begin at Rangiriri, with a checkpoint at Mercer (25km) and finish at Elbow Landing.
The 25km course will begin at Mercer and finish at Elbow Landing.
In the event of poor weather or conditions on the river, our contingency course will be a 75km course beginning at Hamilton and finishing at Mercer.
Any of the above choices will make your standard regattas feel like a Usain Bolt sprint! You and your crew of paddling misfits will need to plan your time in this ultra marathon race so as not to blow out just before the finish. No one wants to hear the epic story of how you nearly rowed from Hamilton to Port Waikato. Let's be smart about this.
There are a number of pit stops along the Waikato River which offer a chance to resupply, stretch the legs, feed the engine and top up the tanks. Some of the pit stops have public toilets in proximity.