Race info

The 200 miler is achievable by anyone who can run a marathon.

The 200 mile course has 11,640 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 or 60 miles) and take a 3-4 hour break, then repeat the process and so on. Do that 3 times for a total of 300 kms and tough it out for a further 20 kms and you’re there.

The cut off time is a generous 96 hours and the distance is quite achievable by pretty much all runners/walkers……….. provided you plan it conservatively.

Be mindful that with this event 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.

4 x 25 kms relay: We encourage 4 x 25 kms relay teams at the special price of $200/240 per team. The 25 kms solo entry is $72/80, so this is great value. Each team member gets a race singlet & medal and the winning team gets a trophy. Prizegiving should be at 1630-1730 hours on the Saturday (29 September) just as the party is getting started.

For details see here.

Race start times – please read thoroughly as these have been amended from what was previously announced:

  • 200 mile – 0600 on Thursday 27 September
  • 100 mile, 100 kms, 50 miles and 4 x 25kms relay – 0600 hrs on Saturday 29 September
  • 50 km 0600 on Sunday 30 September.
  • 25 kms at 0700 on Sunday.

The cut-off time for all events is 0600 on Monday morning. The maximum time for the 200 mile is therefore 96 hours and the 100 mile is 48 hours.

Bump in: Bump in will be from 2 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday 26th September. Marquees should be available from 4 pm.

200 mile briefing: This will be from 5 pm to 6 pm on the upper floor of the grandstand from 5 to 6 pm on Wednesday 26 September. For those who can’t make it, there will be a short briefing on the start line immediately before race start which is 6 am on Thursday 27 September.

100 mile briefing This will be from 5 pm to 6 pm on the upper floor of the grandstand from 5 to 6 pm on Friday 28 September. For those who can’t make it, there will be a short briefing on the start line immediately before race start which is 6 am on Saturday 29 September.

Mementos: All contestants will receive a commemorative race singlet and all finishers will receive a commemorative medallion. Finishers in the 200 mile, 100 mile and 100 kms will also receive a special memento.

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 very 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
  • 50 miles 5-6:00 p.m. 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
  • 200 & 100 mile – 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: Thursday 27 September 2018 for the 200 mile, Saturday 29 September 2018 for 100 mile, 100 kms, 50 mile and 4 x 25km relay; Sunday, 30 September for the shorter 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, accessable 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, 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 to start. There will be a 96 hour cut for the 200 miler, 48 hours for the 100 miler and 30 hour cut for the 100 km. Not feeling well? Not feeling up to finishing? Just pull out. Simple. But please report your withdrawal to the Race Director or other offcial and make sure to hand in your timing chip.

Run course configuration:

  • Option 1; double option 2.
  • Option 2; 6 full loops for 150 km plus 2 small out & backs of 11 km to make up a total of 161 km or 100 mile, Note: This will be 3 laps plus 5.5 odd kms for 50 miles, so as to be able to finish a 50 mile split in case the entrant does not complete the full 100 miles)
  • Option 3; 4 full loops of 25 km for a total of 100 km,
  • Option 4; 3 full loops for 75 km plus a small loop of 5.567 to make up a full 80.467 kms or 50 miles,
  • Option 5; 2 full loops for 50 kms,
  • Option 6: one full 25 km loop,

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 certifiedby the International Trail Running Association.

ITRA points (and UTMB)
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, 885 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.

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:
Short race briefings will be held on the start line for all events. For the 200 miler there will be a detailed briefing to be help upstairs in the grandstand at the velodrome from 5-6 pm on Wednesday 26th September and for the 100 milers from 5-6 pm on Friday 28th September. Gary Parsons (holder of the world record for the longest continuous run) will be there along with coach Caine Warburton. The briefing is not restricted to entrants. Crews and entrants in other events are most welcome.

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 station will carry First Aid kits. For anything more serious, we will have a qualified paramedic in attendance with 4WD on standby should any evacuations be required.

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. We have joined Qrun as a member organisation to access this PA insurance for you but for it to extend to you, you must also be a member of Qrun. You can join when you enter this race, by entering the information when prompted, at the low cost of $10/pa. If you are already a member of Qrun or Queensland Athletics, you can ignore this option. Likewise, if you enter another of our races, you need not join Qrun a second time. This insurance is good for any of our races and while participating in any of our organised training runs but expires come end August each year.

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.