Race info

The 175-325-500 kms events are extreme events.

However, they are achievable by anyone who can run or run/walk 100 kms.

The 500 kms course has 17,900 metres of elevation gain so presents a sizable challenge for most. However, if you approach this sensibly, it is achievable by most runners. It’s all in the pacing. The course lends itself to replenish and recovery every 15 miles (25 kms).

Bring a crew, bring food and bring a tent to take a nap. Break this event down into manageable components and it’s yours for the taking. Perhaps run/walk for 4 laps (100 kms) and take a 3-4 hour break, then repeat the process and so on.

The cut off time is a generous 144 hours and the distances are quite achievable by pretty much all runners/walkers……….. provided you plan it conservatively.

Be mindful that with these events in particular, speed kills. Break it down into manageable portions and become a hero. Or heroine, as the case may be.

Remember the old adage “First you finish, then you finish first.” This saying is especially appropriate for this event. Just finish it in year one, don’t worry one iota about your time and improve on that the following year.

Party-time: Competitors, whether teams or solo are encouraged to bring tents, BBQs, etc. Let’s get a party atmosphere going so as to encourage these heroes running round and round through the night/s. We will supply the music, the rest is BYO. Camping is allowed. Alcohol is not permitted.

Pacers:
For details see here.

Race start times

  • 500 kms – 0600 on Tuesday 24 September
  • 325 kms – 0600 on Thursday 26 September
  • 175 kms, 100 kms and 4 x 25kms relay – 0600 hrs on Saturday 28 September
  • 50 km 0600 on Sunday 29 September.
  • 25 kms at 0700 on Sunday.

The cut-off time for all events is 0600 on Monday morning. The maximum time for the 500 kms is therefore 144 hours, the 325 kms is 96 hours and the 175 kms is 48 hours.

Bump in: Bump in will be from 2 pm to 5 pm on Monday 23rd September. Marquees should be available from 4 pm.

Briefings, all in the upper hall at the cycling centre.

  • 500 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Monday 23rd September
  • 325 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday 25th September
  • 175 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Friday 27th September

Briefings for the shorter events will be conducted on the start line.

Qualifying standard
As part of the entry process we are asking entrants to list their 3 major events during the preceding 3 years. We will not be imposing any qualifying standards. However, we will be reserving the right to not accept entries should the applicant be without what we would consider an acceptable standard. By way of indication, we would expect that entrants would have the following experience.
100 kms and less, no qualifier required.
175 kms – at least one 50 mile event (80 kms)
325 kms – at least a 100 miler
500 kms – at least an event of 250 kms
We will contact you immediately after registration to confirm your entry. Should we not be satisfied as to your capability then we will discuss options for downgrade to a shorter event or refund.

Medical checks
We will have suitably qualified medical staff at race headquarters 24 hours/day for the duration of the event. Runners in the longer events that is 100-175-325-500 kms will be required to submit for check before commencing each successive lap. If, in the opinion of the medical staff or the race director, they are not fit to continue, they will be withdrawn from the race.

Mementos: All contestants will receive a commemorative race singlet. All finishers in the 100-175-325-500 will receive a pewter skull tankard. An adhesive backed metal label will be posted out after the race showing the name of the runner, the event completed, the year and the time taken. Finishers in the 25 and 50 kms events will receive a medallion.

Special gear: A head torch and spare batteries for those in the longer events is essential. It is recommended that you carry a space blanket, mobile phone and whistle in case of emergency. Please have a jacket, beanie and gloves for night time use as it can turn quite cold overnight.

Mobile phones: We recommend that you carry a mobile phone for emergency purposes. However, signal in the forest is intermittent and will rapidly drain the battery. To avoid flattening the battery prematurely we recommend that you leave the phone turned off and only turn it on as and when required.

Prizegiving: Will be as soon as practicable after each race. Estimates only

  • 4 x 25 km relay – 4-5:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • 100 kms 6-7:00 p.m. Saturday
  • 25 kms 10 -11:00 a.m. Sunday
  • 50 kms 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Sunday
  • 175-325-500 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Let’s all try and hang around and make this special for these very courageous athletes.

Now for the fine print.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2018 for the 500 kms, Thursday 26th September for the 325 kms, Saturday 28th September 2019 for 175 kms, 100 kms and the 4 x 25km relay; Sunday, 29th September for the 25-50 kms events.

Where: Nerang Cycling Velodrome: 1 Hope Street, Nerang, just 1 minute from the M1 motorway. See map.

Aid stations: The main station will be at the start/finish only, accessible at the completion of each 25 kms loop. The aid station will carry water, Hammer Nutrition rehydration sports drink (you also need electrolyte replacement, water alone is not enough), snacks and sunscreen. The aid station will provide limited food. Runners are advised to carry hydration packs (small is okay) and energy replacement sufficient to last for the entire 25 km loop. We will have two water tables on course, one at Diana McKenzie corner (accessed both out and back), the other at the northern corner, to enable top-up. Maximum spacing between water stops is approximately 6 kms.

Pre race eligibility criteria and medical certificates: None required. It’s your responsibility to ensure that you are of sufficient good health and fitness to start. Not feeling well? Not feeling up to finishing? Just pull out. Simple. But please report your withdrawal to the Race Director or other official and make sure to hand in your timing chip.

Run course configuration:

  • Option 1, 500 kms; 20 full laps,
  • Option 2, 325 kms (replacing the 200 miler); 13 full laps,
  • Option 3, 175 kms (replacing the old 100 miler); 7 full laps,
  • Option 4, 100 kms; 4 full laps,
  • Option 5, 50 kms; 2 full laps,
  • Option 6, 25 kms; one full 25 km lap,

See detailed map below.

Toilets: There are toilets and showers at the race headquarters at the Nerang velodrome.

Course marking: Fully marked. However, we recommend that you run the 25 kms loop prior to the event to familiarise yourself with the course.

Course measurement: Measured by GPS but if you have a Garmin or Suunto or similar measuring device, please measure it for us together with elevation rise and fall.

Accreditation: The race is sanctioned by Athletics Australia, Qld Athletics and Australian Ultra Runners Association. It is a qualifying event for Six Foot track and the world ultra trail championships and is certified by the International Trail Running Association.

ITRA points (and UTMB)
**TO BE UPDATED**
ITRA listing
Trace de trail (click on link)
200 miles, 11640 metres – 2018 = 6 points
100 miles, 5820 metres – 2018 = 6 points
100 kms, 3580 metres – 2018 = 4 points
50 miles, 2910 metres – 2018 = 4 points
50 kms, 1790 metres – 2018 = 3 points
25 kms, 895 metres – 2018 = 1 point

Electronic timing
Electronic timing will be employed for these races. The timing is activated by a bib tag. Also, these are races, not time trials. Consequently, we use gun times rather than chip times. Everyone starts together. We do not use wave starts. Time starts when the race director calls “go”, not when you cross the start line. First past the post wins the race.

GPS tracking
This is most difficult because of intermittent mobile phone signal in the forest causing the battery of all devices to flatten prematurely. However, we regard tracking as very important and we will be installing timing mats at the northern corner and at the out and back turnaround to the east of Macca’s corner.

Cheating:
Sorry if we offend anyone, but it does happen. It will be most difficult for any such practice to remain undetected on this course because of the numerous timing mats and the installation of heat sensor security cameras. Obviously, offenders will be immediately disqualified.

Race briefings:
All in the upper hall at the cycling centre.

  • 500 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Monday 23rd September
  • 325 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday 25th September
  • 175 kms – 5 pm to 6 pm on Friday 27th September

Gary Parsons (holder of the world record for the longest continuous run) will be in attendance. The briefing is not restricted to entrants. Crews and entrants in other events are most welcome. Short race briefings will be held on the start line for all other events.

Racebib and timing chip collection:
On the day only, available at the Gold Coast Ultras marquee at the start finish precinct at the velodrome, from one hour before start time of your event.

Ability to downgrade
There will be no ability to downgrade to a shorter event option once the race has started. E.g. if you enter the 100 mile and reach 50 mile or 100 km and decide to withdraw, you will be recorded a DNF in the event you entered. Your time for the shorter option will be recorded but it will be by way of note only. You will still receive the race singlet but not the finisher’s belt buckle or commemorative medallion, as the case may be.

First aid: For cuts and abrasions, the aid stations will be stocked with First Aid kits. For anything more serious, we will have a qualified paramedic in attendance with 4WD on standby should any evacuations be required. For the longer events a clearance will be required before a runner can commence each successive lap, as referred to above.

Insurance:
We provide public liability insurance for this and all of our events. This does not include Personal Accident (PA) cover for you as a runner. You will need to organise this yourself.

Race results:
Will be available progressively throughout the events. The website link will be furnished on our Facebook page.

Race photos:
Will be available for viewing and download free of charge soon after the race.