Gold Coast Ultras, the owner of Ultra Trail Gold Coast, is pleased to announce a 500km trail race to be held in the Nerang National Park in September 2019. This event follows the very successful 200 miler (Australia's first 200 miler) held in September 2018.
Race Organiser Ian Cornelius, a veteran of four 330km stage races and a contestant in the 1994 World 1,000 mile championships, says "This will be the longest and perhaps most extreme trail race ever conducted in Australia and likely the longest off-road race in the world".
The event will be conducted on a 25 kms looped course hubbing out of the Gold Coast Nerang cycling velodrome. The benefit of the looped course is that it provides ideal facilities for crew support, fluid and energy replacement, running repairs and encouragement. There will be an athlete's village comprising 50 marquees. Hot soup, food, showers, toilets etc will be available every 25kms loop for 24 hours/day for the 6 days of the event.
There will be a 24 hours a day medical facility to deal with cuts and abrasions and anything more serious. Because the event involves extreme exertion, runners will be required to submit for medical check before being permitted to commence each succeeding 25 kms loop. Cornelius says "the health, safety and well-being of our runners is paramount".
Electronic timing will be provided by TimingPlus with readers every 5km, to facilitate tracking and optimising the safety of runners. Real time progress will be available for viewing online by family, friends and other interested parties.
The run course has 895 metres of elevation gain per lap, so 17,900 metres for the entire race. For those who don't understand the technical jargon of "elevation gain", the event is tough and the hills unrelenting.
There will be supporting events of 100km, 175km (108 miles) and 325km (202 miles). Pacers or companions will be allowed for the last lap for the 100km race, the last two laps for the 175km event, last three laps for the 325km event and the last four laps of the 500km event.
The races will form part of the Asia Trail Master series and are the only races in Australia awarded such recognition. The events have been certified by the International Trail Running Association.
Entries for the 2019 event are now open.
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