The Heliworks Ben Lomond Assault (10KM MTN RUN)
The Heliworks Ben Lomond Assault (10KM MTN RUN) will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013 on the private Ben Lomond Station on the outskirts of Queenstown
Reserve Day – Sunday 17th March
The Ben Lomond Assault is a true Mountain Run. Starting at Moke Lake (538m); runners will pick their route and find their footing amongst the mountain tussock; boulder hop here and there - ascending ‘literally’ straight up to the summit (1748m) before catching their breath and taking in the view before making their way back down again… A hearty pre-race breakfast is recommended
EVENT / ENTRY FEE:
HELIWORKS Ben Lomond Assault (10km MTN RUN)
Adults (+18yrs) $35
Ben Lomond Assault (10km MTN RUN) 12.00pm
11.50am Race START Line - Moke Lake (follow marshals directions)
Available ONLINE and on the day at the registration area located at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake between 9.00am – 11.30am
RACE NUMBERS / RACE PACKS
Race numbers are to be collected on race day at the registration area at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake and are to be worn on the front and clearly visible
All runners and are required to follow the markers on the course and directions of all race officials. Some sections of the course will be closed to traffic – however there will be some sections of the course that will be open to traffic. Please be aware of traffic at all times
*COMPULSORY GEAR CHECKS – Ben Lomond Assault 10km MTN RUN
Gear Checks are compulsory and will be available / carried out by Outside Sports Queenstown staff and located at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake between 9.00am – 11.30am.
*COMPULSORY CLOTHING REQUIRED
- Seam Sealed Waterproof Jacket
The above garments must be worn or carried for the duration of the Event
*COMPULSORY First Aid Kit which must contain the following –
- 1.5m long (un-stretched) roll of 5cm wide crepe bandage
- 5m long roll of 2cm wide strapping tape
- 10 band aid strips
- Triangular bandage
- Small scissors
- Survival bag.
DRINK STATIONS: Ben Lomond Assault
Participants are responsible to carry their own Food & Drinks – however Water and HIGH5 will be available on the Ben Lomond Summit and at the START & FINISH area
CHANGING FACILITIES & TOILETS:
All amenities available Race Start / Finish Areas
4.00pm Ben Lomond Woolshed – Moke Lake
There is plentiful car parking in the grounds surrounding the Ben Lomond Woolshed – please follow Marshals Directions and signs
DIRECTIONS FROM QUEENSTOWN – MOKE LAKE – (APPROX 13KM)
- From Shotover St (Main High Street in Queenstown)
- Continue on to Lake Esplanade 700m
- At the roundabout, take the 1st EXIT on to Glenorchy Road 5.4km
- Turn ‘RIGHT’ on to Moke Lake Road 2.5km
- Drive straight on to a 4WD Road (all vehicles allowed / capable of drive) and follow this road for approx 5km until you reach the Ben Lomond Woolshed. Follow the signs and instructions of Race Officials
Refreshments will be available at the Ben Lomond Woolshed
Please dispose of any waste in the rubbish bins provided
First Aid Facilities will be on hand and located at the START / FINISH area
Body Mechanics will be providing massage services near the FINISH area for a minimal charge
The ‘BEN LOMOND ASSAULT’ is proudly sponsored by Heliworks www.heliworks.co.nz
Ben Lomond Station…
Ben Lomond Station has been a key part of Queenstown's history for over 150 years.
The first run holder for Ben Lomond Station was William Rees, the founder of Queenstown. Ben Lomond was part of a run that was over 200,000 acres and included all the land in this area east of Lake Wakatipu. William Rees reportedly flipped a coin with another early pioneer, Nicholas von Tunzelmann to decide who got which side of the lake!
Moke Lake was named by one of Rees' shepherds Duncan MacAusland, after his horse due to the horsehoe shape of the lake. Duncan passed through this area seeking a way to take sheep to Rees' land near Glenorchy and camped at Moke Lake.
Gold was discovered in the Moke and Moonlight Valleys in 1862 and brought a flood of miners. Over 2000 people lived in the Moke and Moonlight valleys during the gold rush. These rivers were some of the richest in the world - there are stories of the early miners pulling up several ounces of gold with every shovelful - thousands of dollars today! There is still gold in the rivers and terraces and a few keen people still seek it with modern equipment such as suction dredges and metal detectors.
Today Ben Lomond Station is owned by John and Ginny Foster and is one of the few high country stations owned and operated by New Zealanders. Farming is the primary business on Ben Lomond Station - Merino sheep are farmed here because of their ability to survive the harsh winters and produce beautiful, super fine wool. Tourism has always been a part of the station due to our proximity to Queenstown and accordingly there are 2 backcountry lodges located in the Moonlight Valley.
Ben Lomond Lodge sleeps 35 people and is a fantastic location for groups to hold a work function, corporate escape, birthday party etc.
Moonlight Lodge is built on a high terrace with stunning views of the Moonlight Valley. It will open in November 2012 and will sleep 18 people in double rooms with en-suites. Both lodges are located to provide excellent access to explore the high country and gold mining history.
The inaugural Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon was held on 3rd February 2012 and the Moonlight 50km Mountain Bike race will be held on 17th March 2012. Both events are through exclusive private property and explore 150 years of Gold Mining history and showcase the stunning High Country.