Races

 

Training on Course

If training on any walking tracks of the course please take care and give way to members of the general public. This is especially important if you are planning a run on any sections of walking track near Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to the huge number of tourists you are likely to encounter.

Please note you must not take dogs into National Parks. Please also obey all information signs such as track closures, etc. Also note that smoking is banned in all NSW National Parks.

It is advisable to check on any track closures that may be in place at the time of your trip. Track maintenance requiring closures does occur periodically throughout the year. For updates on track closures, check the local alerts / track closures section of the Blue Mountains National Parks website.

OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS WHEN TRAINING ON COURSE

Please be aware that there are some areas of private property on the course which you are not allowed to enter except on race day. You must not go into these areas when training. Two sections of the course in the Megalong Valley travel through private property (cross hatched area on course map). These sections are near Ironpot Ridge to the West of Dunphy's Camp and near The Six Foot Track, on the East side of Megalong Road. We have been given kind permission from the landholders to use tracks on their properties for the event day only. Another section of the course that you must not travel through is the link track between Coronation Rd and Tableland Rd as this track passes through private property. (Cross hatched area on course map). These landholders understandably value their privacy and therefore do not want people trespassing on their properties outside of the event day. So when training on the course you are NOT permitted to go through either the Ironpot Ridge section or the private land near Checkpoint 3 or the link track between Coronation Rd and Tableland Rd. You must leave these sections out of your training as you would be putting the future of this event in jeopardy. Therefore anyone caught on these sections outside of event day will be disqualified from the event and their entry fee will not be refunded. Refer to the 'course descriptions' for how to avoid these sections of private land if training on the course. All other sections of the course are OK to train on however it is always advisable to check with the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath first on any track closures that may be in place at the time of your trip. Track maintenance requiring closures does occur periodically throughout the year.

SAFETY WHEN TRAINING ON COURSE

Much of the 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 great danger if you got lost, especially in difficult weather conditions. You can easily end up a very long way off the course route in an area with no phone reception and little chance of rescue. So you should either only train on Leg 5, which is the least remote part of the course, or only go into the remote parts of the course if:
  • You know how to navigate with a map and compass.
  • You are fully prepared with the navigation tools listed under The Course. The best tool to make sure you don't get lost is the Mapping Phone App. But as a bare minimum you must have the course maps, course descriptions and a compass. You also need to know how to use and pay attention to these things as you travel the course route. You may also choose to use the GPX file downloaded onto your GPS watch.
  • You are carrying safety equipment similar to that from the race mandatory gear list plus enough food and water.
  • There are no storms, big rainfall events, high winds or total fire bans at the time of your run.
  • You have told someone your plans including your intended route and expected return time.