For the event, the course will be marked with red directional arrows on a white background ‘→’, red crosses on white background ‘X’ and pink flagging tape. There will also be reflective tape on night time sections.
You need to pay attention, especially at night, to follow these course markings. You do not need to navigate your way along the course with a map and compass. However for safety reasons you are required to carry a compass, the course map and course descriptions.
A double sided, A3 colour map of the course and course descriptions will be provided to you at Race Check-In.
There will be course markings at least every 500m and at every track junction. At all track junctions there will be an arrow indicating the direction of the route as well as confirmation pink flagging tape along the correct route. There will also be a cross on the tracks that you should not take. There will be a distance sign every 5km.
Click Here for the complete 100km course description
Click Here to download the elevation profile
The course has approximately 4,400m of elevation gain (4,400m of climb and 4,400m of descent).
Flights and Additional Travel
This information is based on the 2020 event. Race details for 2021 are yet to be released. Please use the below information as a guide only.
Travelling Fit is a fully accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional touring to help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.
This is a summary of some of the initial information. You will need to read the event website and in particular the Competitor Briefing document before the event which can be found on the official website – www.ultratrailaustralia.com.au
Your entry fee to the Ultra-Trail Australia 100 is included in the price of your package
There is no requirement to have completed any other particular event in order to participate in Ultra-Trail Australia 100
The Ultra-Trail Australia starts between 6:20am and 7:54am, depending on your wave
The Ultra-Trail Australia must be completed by 11:54am on Sunday 17 May 2020 and has a strict 28 hour time limit from the start of the last wave.
There are also 6 additional checkpoints that must be reached according to the following schedule
- Checkpoint 1 – 10:34am Saturday – 11.4km
- Checkpoint 2 – 2:49pm Saturday – 31.6km
- Checkpoint 3 – 7:14pm Saturday – 46km
- Checkpoint 4 – 10:34pm Saturday – 57.3km
- Fairmont Resort Water Point – 2:39am Sunday – 69.4km
- Checkpoint 5 – 5.39am Sunday – 78.4km
The race uses chip timing.
The timing chip will be on the back of your race number plus on a bag tag.
At Race Check-In (Thursday or Friday) you will collect your race pack which includes your race number and other items of mandatory equipment that are ‘provided by organisers’.
These include items such as maps, course descriptions, participants emergency instructions etc.
Included in this race pack is also a Bag Timing Tag. This is a separate timing tag to be attached to your back pack.
You will also collect your race giveaways once you have completed the mandatory gear check
There are no official pace setters for the Ultra-Trail Australia 100
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
There is a drop bag service for runners without a support crew. Runners may use a mixture of support crew at some checkpoints and the drop bag service at other checkpoints. The drop bag service should not be used for any checkpoints that your support crew will definitely be in attendance. Drop bags can be useful for extra food, gels, body lubricant, spare socks, clothing, batteries and spare headlamp at the checkpoints and for warm, dry clothing and footwear at the finish. Drop bags will be taken to the following locations:
- Checkpoint 3 (Six Foot Track)
- Checkpoint 4 (Katoomba Aquatic Centre)
- Checkpoint 5 (Queen Victoria Hospital)
- The Finish (Scenic World)
One drop bag per runner is permitted for each of the above locations. Drop bags must be closable and SOFT (Woolworths/Coles Cool Bag is strongly recommended). Plastic bags/garbage bags and hard plastic boxes will not be accepted.
Checkpoint drop bags must be less than 20 litres in volume and less than 10kg in weight. The finish drop bag can be as large as needed. Drop bags must not contain any glass bottles and any liquids must be limited and if included, must be securely contained. Valuable items should not be left in drop bags.
All drop bags must be clearly marked with surname, race number and checkpoint location (ie CP3, CP4, CP5 or FINISH). Write on the drop bag with a thick permanent marker pen rather than trying to attach a label that may be ripped from your bag in transport and handling.
Checkpoint drop bags must be delivered to the checkpoint trucks at Race Check-In on the Friday evening between 4pm and 6:30pm or between 7:15pm and 8pm. It is the responsibility of the runner to ensure checkpoint drop bags are placed into the correct checkpoint trucks on the Friday evening. All checkpoint drop bags must be in by 8pm on the Friday evening.
Finish drop bags should be left in the designated area near the start line at Scenic World on the Saturday morning.
At each drop bag location, checkpoint staff will line up drop bags in race number order. Any bags without a name and race number written clearly, securely and easily visible will not be able to be placed into order. Only the runner can collect their drop bag at the drop bag locations. Once each checkpoint drop bag is finished with it must be taken to the used drop bag pile.
Drop bags will be returned to the drop bag marquee near the finish area at Scenic World within 4 hours of the relevant checkpoint cut-off time. It is the responsibility of runners to collect their drop bags from Scenic World. Any drop bags not collected by midday on the Sunday will be disposed of.
First Aid will be available at each checkpoint, Fairmont Resort Water Point, the Emergency Aid Station and the finish. There will also be roving first aid crews on the course.
There will be port-a-loos at the start, all checkpoints and the Emergency Aid Station.
There will be flushing toilets at Fairmont Resort Water Point and the Finish.
There will also be two other basic points on the course providing very minimal sustenance. These include:
- Water point at Fairmont Resort at 69.4km with water, salt, chips and lollies only.
- Emergency Aid Station at 91.2km with water, salt and lollies only.
On race day there will be a free event shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Katoomba Town Centre and Scenic World.
On the Saturday there will also be a free Event shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Leura and Scenic World.
Parking passes for the Main Event Carpark can be pre-purchased if required but are limited and on a “first come, first served” basis.
Please click here for full details on event parking and transportation.
The Ultra-Trail Australia Event Expo will be an energetic and dynamic festival style expo celebrating the world of ultra trail running and adventure.
Held at KCC Plaza in Katoomba, The Ultra-Trail Australia Festival will feature over 30 engaging and relevant exhibitors from the running and outdoor industry, entertaining performances from local artists, kids activities, food stalls, coffee stands and more!
Opening times are:
Thursday 14 May – 12pm – 7pm
Friday 15 May – 10am – 8pm
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All runners who enter the 100km will receive a special edition Ultra-Trail Australia technical t-shirt
The much sought-after Ultra-Trail Australia belt buckles will be awarded as runners cross the finish line:
- “Gold” Buckle to the winning male and female
- “Silver” Buckle to runners finishing in under 14 hours
- “Bronze” Buckle to runners finishing between 14 and under 20 hours
- Finishers medals will be awarded to runners finishing over 20 hours.
- A special over 70’s Buckle will be awarded at the presentations to all finishers over the age of 70.
Your start group start time will be used to determine your race time and hence your belt buckle award.
All finishers will also receive the special UTA100 finisher’s towel as they cross the finish line.
Finisher’s certificates will be available for download from the results system, LiveTrail. They will be available approximately 1 week after the event once official results are finalised.
The average daytime temperature in Katoomba is 23 degrees Celsius and the average nighttime temperature is 13 degrees Celsius.
Please note that these can vary significantly on any given day
Scenic World UTA951
Ultra Trail AustraliaUltra-Trail Australia is an epic event. It's a trail running festival in the Blue Mountains, based out of Katoomba, with the anchor events being the UTA50 and UTA100. It's the third largest trail ...
Ultra-Trail Australia is an epic event. It’s a trail running festival in the Blue Mountains, based out of Katoomba, with the anchor events being the UTA50 and UTA100. It’s the third largest trail running event globally.
It is a tough run. The 50km event features about 2,400m of ascent and the 100km about 4,400m of ascent. Did someone mention stairs? Oooh there are lots of stairs!
There were 25 members of TTS that were part of our seven-month journey from entry to crossing the finish line on Saturday 19th May. This is our story…
IN THE BEGINNING
It’s 9:59am and a select group of TTSers are hunched over their keyboards in the corner of their workplaces, waiting for UTA entries to open online. The clock ticks 10:00am and in a flurry of activity the entries are in. Productivity drops as emails exclaiming “I’M IN!!!” fly through the ether.
With 233 days to go until the big event, training plans are drawn up. We agree to build a good base up to Christmas and then start proper training and long runs in the new year. Let the games begin!
When the aliens arrive and say “take me to your leader” we’re gonna call Doug. He developed a training plan that had our Garmins twitching with excitement and some of us quietly weeping in the corner. Commencing in February, 15 weeks of serious preparation lay ahead, with TTS intervals on Tuesdays, hill sessions on Wednesdays and normal TTS sessions on Thursdays.
The weekend TTS sessions are replaced with a glorious selection of long runs, slowly building toward the UTA in May. The summer months mean some early starts to beat the heat. There are protests from partners when alarms are set [in some cases] prior to 5am, to allow travel time to some of the highest points in and around Canberra.
RACE DAY APPROACHES
The training is finished and we’ve all enjoyed the taper and carb loading. It’s time to get it done!
We all make it to Katoomba safely and pretty much injury-free. The herd is in good shape. We’ve all spent a small fortune on acquiring our mandatory gear (a pack to carry 2L of fluids, jacket, thermal top, buff , space blanket, compression bandage, head torch, whistle, phone and food). We all studiously pack our gear and prepare ourselves for the big event the next day.
Ok now we can get excited! 5:00am start. Eat lots. Get into favourite race gear and don large pack. Catch bus to start line.We are here. It is time. Assemble into appropriate waves and await the starter’s gun … eeek!
This race is beyond words. The scenery is incredible … it’s what sky running is all about. Following the escarpment from Katoomba down through Leura Forest, past the cascades and onto Lillians Bridge and Wentworth Falls.
It’s idyllic, with rainforest and waterfalls, some of the most beautiful trails in this country.
There are a few stairs. Did anyone mention the stairs? Suzie claimed through the earlier sharing of a Facebook post that there are OVER 8,100 STAIRS ON THIS RUN. Why did nobody tell us that earlier? Ah well … back to the scenery!
We all ran our own race. There’s not space here to do it justice, what everyone went through to finish. We all had to dig deep and respect what an unbelievably tough event this is.
The finish is epic, the last 1km including the Furber Steps, 951 steps and 220m of calf-cramping elevation gain.
But when you reach the top and run those last metres along the wooden boardwalk before turning the corner to the finish, it all becomes worth it. The sense of achievement is golden and the cheers of the crowd awesome!!!
DOUG’S STORY: THE OLYMPIAN APPENDIX
“After four months of UTA training, and with only four weeks left until the event, I found myself in Calvary Hospital with acute Appendicitis. CT scans confirmed the Doctor’s diagnosis and I went into surgery on ANZAC Day! At this point I was resigned to missing out on UTA, the flame was extinguished. But I had underestimated the encouragement and support of my running buddies, and a story that Kerry told me that reignited the flame … the story was about Victoria Mitchell who competed in the 3000m steeplechase final at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast only two weeks after having her appendix removed. Victoria, you beaut! I can still do it?!”
“There were good days and bad, but I slowly eased myself back into running one week after surgery, feeding off the daily encouragement I received from everyone. I toed the start line 25 days after surgery. If you would like to know how I felt when I finally crossed that finish line, with all my TTS mates screaming like crazed fans, I think the picture says it all. Anyone who thinks running is not a team sport is missing out, something none of us at our cherished TTS running club ever have to worry about!”
ANDY’S STORY: THE LEGEND FINISHER
“….it was the end of the day when all runners were tired and looking forward to an evening of celebrations, when the call came out to get back to the finish line to support the last TTS runner to cross the finish line. The motorcade hits the road, heading back to Scenic World, checking the UTA live feed app every minute for an update on the last checkpoint. There it is – 6.02pm and Andy hits the bott om of the Furber Stairs (1km to go, 900+ stairs and 220 metres of elevation gain). C’mon Andy you can do it! How hard can this last km be with a dodgy ankle? He hits the finishing shute 30 minutes later – it’s dark and cold and the crowd is screaming out his name. Lightsabre in hand, he crosses the finish line. Legend ”
IAN’S STORY: THE TRAIL RUNNER
“I quit endurance running in 2014. Chasing marathon PBs at some point had turned into hating high intensity training and tiring of repetitive lake runs. This bought me to the natural conclusion that running was for idiots. After a while on the bike, I was surprised to notice that Sharon’s Facebook posts of Mt Cooree, Mt Ginini, Mt etc runs were making me jealous. This warranted investigation.”
“I committed to UTA 2018, did some bike to 10k work and showed up for that first the sewerage works run. Week after week, out there on the bush tracks, running at conversational pace I got the bug back. The combination of the dusty trails, gum trees and great people made the long runs a highlight of my week. I’m not sure if I’ll do the UTA50 again, but I’m keen to keep running in the bush or wherever with you guys. Thanks for everything.”
AMY’S STORY: THE ORANGE SHIRT
“With Ultra Trail Australia you receive an event shirt as part of your race pack. When I found out this year the event shirts were orange I was so excited and even more determined to get through all the long runs, hill repeats, those Red Hill steps and get to the finish line to earn to wear it. (I think I am a litt le obsessed about all things orange )”
“When I first laid my eyes on this beautiful shirt – oh I just loved it and I couldn’t wait to wear it. But I had to run/walk/hike/ pull myself upstairs over 50km before that could happen.”
“I think having the reward waiting for me at the end made the race feel more manageable – or maybe the training had something to do with it. There were lots of stairs, downhill bits and uphill bits, road, single trail and some pretty nice scenery too.”
Ultra Trail AustraliaI absolutely loved this event met people on the way having chats helping people getting over heights fear, had some great laughs, the volunteers amazing, joining in laughing with us. I could not ...
I absolutely loved this event met people on the way having chats helping people getting over heights fear, had some great laughs, the volunteers amazing, joining in laughing with us.
I could not fault anything. Our accommodation at Katoomba Central Motel was brilliant; so central and very helpful at the Reception. It’s nice to stay in old fashion accommodation for a change we had everything supplied.
The bus service well we could not fault it, fabulous. Thank you to the Travelling Fit team for helping me with my queries. This is the second time I have taken on Traveling Fit including NY in 2016, a great service supplied.
WELCOME TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS IN NSW, AUSTRALIA
Travelling Fit is delighted to announce that we are the official travel partner for Ultra-Trail Australia and are able to offer a very limited number of guaranteed entries to the Ultra-Trail Australia event held in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
Our packages include a minimum of 2 to 4 nights’ accommodation at one of specially selected hotels with the option to extend your stay both pre and post event.
- Echo Point Motel – 3 Star
- 3 Sisters Motel – 3 Star
- La Maison Hotel – 3 Star
- Palais Royale – 4 Star
- Fairmont Resort – 4 Star
ALL PRICES ARE FOR ACCOMMODATION ONLY.
SHOULD THESE PROPERTIES NOT SUIT YOU, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR ALTERNATE OPTIONS.
- Accommodation at specific hotels for specific date range
- Invitation to Travelling Fit’s UTA Closed Facebook Group
Exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
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|Due Friday 05 February 2021|