Race info

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.

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.

Pacers: Pacers will be permitted to accompany those in the 200 mile, 100 mile, 100 kms, 50 miles and 50 kms. Pacers can run one or more loops of 25 kms. They can start at the race start or work on a drop-in, drop-out basis. Pacers are not permitted to carry fluid, food, clothing or any other of the runner’s personal supplies or requirements, or to tow runners uphills with bungy cords or similar. In other words, no ‘muling’. A nominal charge of $40 per pacer will be levied as a contribution towards insurance, National Park entry fees, velodrome hire and other administrative costs. There is no limit on the number of pacers who may accompany a runner and no limit on the number of loops for which they may accompany the runner. Further if a pacer accompanies a runner for 2 laps, he or she could run lap 1 and come back later and run say lap 4. Also, a pacer is not required to nominate a runner that they will accompany. Pacers will act a little like sweepers and can offer advice or assistance to any runner. The only stipulation is that pacers need to be registered. A pacer will get the normal race singlet and commemorative medallion. A runner running with a companion not being a registered runner or a pacer without a pacer’s race bib may be disqualified. Pacer’s times will not be reflected in the results.

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.

Mementos: All contestants will receive a commemorative race singlet. Finishers in the 25 kms (solo, teams or pacers) and in the 50 kms & 50 miles will receive a commemorative medallion and finishers in the 200 mile, 100 mile & 100 kms will receive a commemorative belt buckle; gold for the 200, silver for the 100 mile and bronze for the 100 kms.

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.

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 Peter O’Sullivan corner, to enable top-up. Maximum spacing between water stops is approx. 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 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 recognised by the International Trail Running Association.

ITRA points (and UTMB) TO BE UPDATED FOR 2018
100 miles 2017 = 6 points
100 kms 2017 = 4 points
50 miles 2017 = 4 points
100 miles 2016 = 6 points

Electronic timing
Electronic timing will be employed for these races. The timing is activated by a shoe tag. Please affix it to your shoe lace. It will not work if carried in your pocket or attached to your race bib. Please remember to hand the chip in when you finish your race. 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
Most difficult because of intermittent mobile phone signal causing the battery of all devices to flatten prematurely. However, we regard tracking as very important and we will be installing timing mats at 6 kms intervals. Make sure you cross the mats and listen for the beep. In the unlikely event of the system not beeping, please cross the mat again. Don’t worry about your time being recorded twice, the system is programmed to eliminate duplications.

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 infra red security cameras. Obviously, offenders will be immediately disqualified.

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.