Races

 

Start Groups

Due to the large participant numbers, it is desirable that each runner starts in an appropriate start group. This reduces congestion on the course and makes for a more enjoyable and safer race for everyone.

START GROUP CHOICE

In the online entry process, you will choose to start in one of six start groups. Base your choice of start group on your running ability and be realistic in your choice.

If you wish to start in the same start group as your friends, you should all choose the same start group which suits the slowest friend’s running ability.

Use the ‘UTA22 Start Groups’ table combined with the ‘Guideline to Estimate Suitable UTA22 Start Group’ table below to assist you to make a suitable start group choice. Things which will assist you to choose a suitable start group are a General ITRA Performance Index Rating (refer below for explanation), a half marathon time or a Parkrun time. If you have none of these, think about doing an ITRA registered trail running race, a half marathon or a Parkrun prior to March to help guide you.

The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) has a ranking system for runners. If you have completed an ITRA registered trail running race in the previous 36 months, you will have earned a General ITRA Performance Index Rating. Most major international and Australian trail running races including UTA and all Ultra-Trail World Tour events are registered with ITRA. To check if you have completed an ITRA registered race and to check your General ITRA Performance Index Rating, go to the ITRA website. Type in your name and select your nationality. If a profile comes up for you, you will have an ITRA Performance Index Rating as long as your last race result was within the past 36 months. Check you only have one ITRA profile. If your year of birth or nationality was incorrect or your name was spelt differently in any previous run, you may have more than one ITRA profile. It is important to get multiple ITRA profiles / incorrect profiles combined into one that matches your exact name, nationality and year of birth in your Ultra-Trail Australia entry. To do this, you can sign up for a free ITRA account and then link your multiple ITRA profiles to your ITRA account. Refer to How to amend incorrect or multiple ITRA profiles. If you need assistance, you can email ITRA to request any required updates via contact@itra.run

The Runner List page will show your chosen start group. Your chosen start group will also be printed on your race number. All standard entry transfers and late entry transfers will also be able to choose a suitable start group.

AMENDING YOUR START GROUP CHOICE ONLINE

You can amend your start group choice by logging back into your entry via the ‘User Profile’ button. You will not be able to amend your start group choice online after 11:59pm 13th March, 2020
You must start in your chosen start group on race day as shown on your race number or you will be automatically disqualified by the timing system. Your race time is based upon the start time of your specific start group.

 

UTA22 START GROUPS
START GROUP START TIME EXPECTED POSITION IN FIELD EXPECTED RACE TIME GUIDELINE OF ITRA GENERAL PERFORMANCE INDEX RATING REQUIRED NO. OF RUNNERS IN START GROUP
Start Group 1 9.00am Top 16% 1hr40min to
2hrs54min
1000 to 465
320
Start Group 2 9.20am 16% to 32% 2hrs54min to
3hrs17min
465 to 412
320
Start Group 3 9.40am 32% to 48% 3hrs17min to
3hrs38min
412 to 373
320
Start Group 4 10.00am 48% to 64% 3hrs38min to
4hrs02min
373 to 335
320
Start Group 5 10.20am 64% to 80% 4hrs02min to
4hrs36min
335 to 293
320
Start Group 6 10.40am 80% to 100% 4hrs36min to
6hrs45min
293 to 0
400

 

Guideline to Estimate Suitable UTA22 Start Group
START GROUP GUIDELINE ROAD HALF MARATHON RACE TIME (HH:MM) PARKRUN RACETIME
Start Group 1 Run the course 1:00 - 1:40 14min - 22min
Start Group 2 Mostly run the course 1:40 - 1:52 22min - 24min
Start Group 3 Mostly run / jog the course 1:52 - 2:02 24min - 26min
Start Group 4 Mostly jog the course 2:02 - 2:12 26min - 28min
Start Group 5 Mostly jog / walk the course 2:12 - 2:25 28min - 33min
Start Group 6 Mostly walk the course 2:25 - 4:10 33min - 50min