A selection of training runs on the Ultra-Trail Australia course that we at RunHunters HQ highly recommend you complete to give yourself a great chance of having a successful race day. We have ordered these from one to six. Please note all runs might not be applicable for the 22km and 50km and we suggest repeating runs that are relative to the course you are racing.
Please take into account:
Much of the UTA event course is through remote areas which provide a very different experience to going on a trail run near your home. For your own safety, when training on the event course, you need to be aware that you could be in danger if you got lost, especially in difficult weather conditions. Do not rely on technology. Batteries die, phones get wet. Run with friends and let people know which run route you intend to follow.
Before you head out check for any recent National Parks alerts for the Blue Mountains.
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Hello UTA, Hello Quads! 📱 (16.2km, 785m elevation change, out & back)
Part of RunHunters Ultra-Trail Australia Training Collection and recommended as your first training run in this collection as you prepare for Ultra-Trail Australia 2020. This run will cover the the first 7.5km of the UTA22km course which also follows the final leg of both the 50km and 100km courses and is a great intro run to your Ultra-Trail Australia Training.
The start is at Queen Victoria Hospital, at the end of Tableland Road in Wentworth Falls and follows Kedumba Valley Road firetrail down through Kedumba Pass to the first water crossing where you will turn around and make your way back the same way you went down into the valley.
Ultra-Trail Australia 22km 📱 (21.6km, 1200 elevation change, one-way)
Part of RunHunters Ultra-Trail Australia Training Collection and recommended as your second training run in this collection as you prepare for Ultra-Trail Australia. This run will cover the whole UTA22km which follows the final leg of both the 50km and 100km courses. You will require a car shuffle, train ride or Uber transfer to make this run possible.
The start is at Queen Victoria Hospital, at the end of Tableland Road in Wentworth Falls and follows Kedumba Valley Road firetrail down through Kedumba Pass, then Sublime Point Ridge firetrail across The Jamison Valley over Jamison Creek and Leura Falls Creek and through to the Old Sewage Treatment Works site. The route then follows single track up to Leura Forest and along Federal Pass before the last climb up Furber Steps to the finish at Scenic World.
Holy Stairs! 📱 (23.2km; 1474 elevation change, out & back)
Part of RunHunters Ultra-Trail Australia Training Collection and recommended as your third training run in this collection as you prepare for Ultra-Trail Australia 2020. This run will cover sections of the 50km and 100km courses as well as the UTA11km on the return leg from the Fairmont Resort to Scenic World. One of our favourite runs that includes a lot of stairs rewarded with breathtaking views.
Starting at Scenic World you will jump straight onto the Ultra-Trail Australia course and make your way around to The Three Sisters before dropping down the Giant Stairwell and into Leura Forest. From there, you will have a climb up Leura Falls Stairwell and onto the cliff tops with great views of Mount Solitary. You will then pop out onto Willoughby Rd where you will follow the road until you reach the Fairmont Resort for a turn around point. On your return, you will take the same route until you hit Leura Forest where you will take the final 5km of the Ultra-Trail Australia course to Furber Stairs and up to Scenic World for your finish.
What a loop! 📱 (34.2km, 1474 elevation change, loop)
This run will cover both the 50km and 100km courses and has been completed by many successful Ultra-Trail Australia Finishers over the years.
Starting just before Gordon Falls, you will be straight on course starting with a nice little descent to warm the body up before heading over towards the Fairmont Resort and over to Wentworth Falls. After crossing Wentworth Falls you will have a bit of road running to complete where you will pass the final Check Point for the 100km and 50km which also is the start of the 22km.
You will then drop down Kedumba Valley which is a remote area so please make sure you have sufficient amounts of nutrition and hydration. After some time you will approach Leura Forest where you will go from open fire trail into a single trail and met with a climb up Leura Forest and back to your start/finishing point. A tough training run and recommended practicing this run with your mandatory gear.
Ultra-Trail Australia 50km 📱 (50.4km, 2400 elevation change, loop)
The Ultra-Trail Australia 50 was introduced in 2013 and has quickly stepped out of the shadow of the 100km event to become an iconic event in its own right. As a shorter ultra, the 50km is a perfect race for runners taking on their first ultra. This challenging 50km course follows the second half of the 100km route through the Kedumba Valley. 2,400m of elevation gain (2,400m of climb and 2,400m of descent).
Ultra-Trail Australia 100km (Training Course) 📱 (86km, 3693 elevation change, loop)
This is where it all started. AROC Sport searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia’s most challenging, stunning and prestigious 100km trail running event. The breathtaking trails located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park of Australia were the obvious choice. Known as The North Face 100 from 2008 to 2015 and as Ultra-Trail Australia 100 from 2016 onwards. Stunning views, lots of stairs and a race day elevation gain of 4,400m (4,400m of climb and 4,400m of descent).
Great trail runs in New Zealand's capital if you're visiting for the first time and want to get your bearings.