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T42 marathon winner Dena Valente shares her top tips for having an awesome event day!

Dena won the marathon last year and we asked her for her top tips for newbies to the event – and to tell us what she likes the most about 1Above T42.

What do you think of T42?

It’s a great course. The views are beautiful. The track is just technical and hilly enough to keep things interesting without slowing you down too much. If you love downhill running like I do, this is the race for you!

Total Sport always puts on a great event. It was well organised and there was a really good atmosphere.

Having the bikers out there is fun too – they don’t get in the way but they’re good for some banter.

The runners’ field was reasonably small which I liked. It makes for a friendly event and you don’t need to worry about getting stuck in traffic.

You have any tips for this year’s marathon participants?

  • Come prepared for any weather. It can be cold on the start line and hot later on.
  • Good trail shoes are a must if there’s been any rain – the clay can get slippery.
  • There are a few stream crossings so wear socks and shoes that drain well and won’t give you blisters.
  • Save some energy in your legs for the hill at the end! It isn’t steep but can be hard work after pounding down all those hills.
  • Don’t forget to look up, there are some stunning views of the mountains.
  • If you’re struggling just think about the cold beer and delicious burgers waiting at the finish line!

1Above T42 is an epic event tagged as “one of New Zealand’s must-do Kiwi experiences”. The award-winning event takes you into the crisp alpine air and pristine environs of the Tongariro National Park – and onto the event’s namesake trail, the iconic “42 Traverse”. Learn more or enter the 1Above T42 Central Plateau event at t42.co.nz.

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