NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

 

Ultra-Trail Australia

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Ultra-Trail Australia
Dear Runners,

We are now less than 3 months away from you all hitting the trails of the Blue Mountains for Ultra-Trail Australia!

Hopefully you have all been training hard, getting out on the trails where you can and are building up to your distance, whether that is 11km or 100km, and whether you’re a first timer or an experienced Ultra runner.

Staff at Blue Mountains National Parks and Blue Mountains City Council have been doing all they can to assess and repair fire and flood damaged tracks as quickly as possible making sure the UTA courses are safe and that they will be ready for use in May. We can confirm that apart from a 250m section of track between Elysian Rock and Gordon Falls Reserve which has an easy 250m detour, all other fire and flood affected areas on the UTA courses which are currently still closed (Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, Mount Debert and Dardanelles Pass) are being worked on and are most likely to open in early May at the latest. Also in mid April we are engaging arborists to assess and clear any fire damaged trees at risk of falling onto the Ironpot Ridge and Tinpot Spur trails. This is wonderful and surely comforting news for everyone especially after the recent cancellations of major running events in the Blue Mountains.

 As always, check the National Parks website every time you go out training as track conditions will change with weather. Never enter a closed section of track. Tracks being open does also not necessarily mean that it is safe. Damaged trees are a hazard, so be extra aware whilst running, especially on windy or wet days.

There have been some minor permenant changes to some of the courses, including:
  • Moving Checkpoint 2 of UTA100 450m beyond Dunphy's Camp to Foggy Knob.
  • Due to Amphitheatre Track remaining closed from damage in June 2019, an alternate route for the UTA100, UTA50 (and UTA11 in the opposite direction) will take runners via Fern Bower, Solitary Restaurant, Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Round Walk to Leura Cascades.
  • The restored and stunning Overcliff Track near Wentworth Falls will be opening in the next few weeks and will be included in UTA100 and UTA50.
  • The UTA100 and UTA50 will stay off Tableland Rd and use a dirt trail under the local distribution power line instead. This will mean there will no longer be a half road closure on Tableland Rd and hopefully allow for easier support crew / spectator access to and from parking areas at CP5/501.
  • The second and third amendments listed above are slightly longer routes than the original courses.
  • For UTA100, there are two small short cut sections (one immediately before CP2 and one in the approach to CP3). These short cuts will allow the total distance to remain as 100km.
  • For UTA50, the new length will be approximately 50.4km
  • For UTA11, the new length will be approximately 11.4km

New course maps and all tools related to navigation on course will be available before the end of March.

For now, keep enjoying your training, stay safe out on the trails, and start counting down the days until you’re on the start line of Ultra-Trail Australia!


Regards,

Tom Landon-Smith
Race Director - Ultra-Trail Australia
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