DCR Episode 1 - Paul Charteris

2017 Tarawera Ultra. Lake Okareka. Image: Graeme Murray

2017 Tarawera Ultra. Lake Okareka. Image: Graeme Murray

Kia Ora whanau. For our first episode of Dirt Church Radio we are privileged to sit down with Paul Charteris, the founder of Tarawera Ultramarathon. Paul’s race, which started in 2009 as a small, one-man affair, has grown into a massive enterprise, arguably New Zealand’s most popular trail race, and part of the Ultra Trail World Tour.  We discuss the 2018 running of the 100 mile endurance run, the changes that Paul and his business partner, Dr Tim Day, introduced to the 2019 race series, and Paul’s transformation from farm boy to bovine geneticist undertaking a Phd in Colorado, then moving to California, where his trail running curiosity was piqued and would lead to him becoming a Western States Endurance Run participant.  As well as looking back (with his encyclopedic knowledge of trail running history) Paul looks forward, as he embarks upon a new chapter in his life as he and his partner expect the arrival of their first child. Finally, as we will be doing with all our guests, Paul takes us through his Greatest Run Ever. In Stuff You Should Know we marvel about WUU2K, and two listeners share their Greatest Run Ever. We are so excited you’ve tuned in and hope that you enjoy!


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Episode Links


Tarawera Ultramarathon on Instagram


Tarawera Ultramarathon website


Ultra Trail World Tour website


Kawerau Tourism


Rotorua Tourism


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Music: Chances with Wolves

Editing assistance: Kieran Nyum-Bai

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