Click below to see the 2023 results!
If you've conquered a half-marathon and you need a new goal, why not try the Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Toi's Challenge? Held every November, Toi's Challenge is one of Whakatane's most iconic annual events. It follows the beautiful Nga Tāpuwae o Toi track, named after a Māori chief who ruled the area about 800 years ago.
At 18km, Toi's is a bit shorter than a half-marathon, but the rugged terrain makes it a good deal harder. The stunning coastal and bush scenery provides plenty of distractions if you need it.
The 2023 event will be held on Sunday, November 12 and is run by the Whakatane Athletics and Harriers Club.
Q - Are athletes allowed to wear head phones while running in this event?
A - Athletes are not permitted to wear headphones while running in this event, due to health and safety requirements.
Q - Can athletes pick up their race packs on Sunday morning?
A - We recommend packs are collected from 2.00-5.00pm on Saturday to avoid the rush on Sunday morning. However, athletes are welcome to pick up their race packs on Sunday morning from 6.30-7.30am at the Whakatane Athletics and Harrier Clubrooms.
Q - If the course is changed because of the damage to the original track, when will we find out?
A - We will inform all competitors as soon as possible if there are any changes made.
UPDATE - October 11th 2023
Hands up if you've been soaking up the glorious sunshine lately! It's inspiring to see the dedication and enthusiasm of so many in preparation for this year's Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Toi's Challenge. As we've moved through the past few months, we've been diligently collaborating with our valued partners, the Whakatane District Council, to craft an exceptional course for 2023.
While our original route, taking you from Otarawairere Beach to Ohope Beach, won't be available this year due to ongoing track improvements, we've heard your positive feedback about last year's 'slightly' longer course, and we're thrilled to announce a similar route for 2023. Stay tuned for an upcoming video that will provide detailed insights into this fantastic course – coming to this page early next week!
With over 200 participants already registered, it's clear that this year's event is shaping up to be as popular as ever. Entries are still open, and we can't wait to welcome more runners to this exciting challenge. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of it!
Special thanks to our gold sponsor, Julians Berry Farm and Cafe for its continued support of Toi's Challenge.
Special thank you to Te Runanga O Ngati Away for their continued support of Toi's Challenge.
SUPPORTING THE KIWI TRUST
We will again be supporting the Whakatane Kiwi Trust, with a percentage of every entry going to this worthwhile project. Entrants can also donate directly to the trust when they enter Toi's.
The Whakatane Kiwi Trust does an excellent job of nurturing and protecting the kiwi that call the bush around the Toi's route home. We are proud of Whakatane's status as the kiwi capital of the world.