Ultra-Trail Australia Special Event Wrap-Up

The Ultra-Trail Australia Special event at Cafe 2773 Glenbrook was an amazing evening that brought together the race organisers, event sponsors and our amazing runners!

This evening was designed to both serve as an information evening about the event and ultra trail running, but also to allow runners to meet each other, chat with sponsors, get gear and nutrition advice and most of all HAVE FUN!

The evening was began with a wonderful Welcome to Country by close friend of Ultra-Trail Australia, David King. As always David taught us about the land we run through and of course had us all in stitches! Following this, Race Director Tom Landon-Smith spoke a bit about the course and the changes runners can expect in 2016 with the re-branding to ultra-Trail Australia, Some of the changes Tom highlighted were:

• Improvements in the shirts to now have gender specific sizing and early release, …

EVENT PARKING

Due to the number of people involved with the event, parking will be very limited at Scenic World / KCC so between 3pm Friday and 8am Saturday, you MUST have a UTA Parking Pass to park at the event parking area at KCC Oval. There are not many UTA Parking Passes left available.

Please do whatever you can to limit the number of cars associated with the event at these times, and take advantage of the FREE event shuttle bus service between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World.

All the detail about parking and transport for the event can be found HERE. If you need to purchase a parking pass, you can do so via the event shop.…

PACE ATHLETIC UTA22 RACE REPORT

It’s a brand new part of the Ultra-Trail Australia family, but some things never change. It was an old- fashioned duel up the dreaded Furber Steps that decided the winner of the first Pace UTA22.

The 22km race across the Jamison Valley from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba attracted a field of nearly 800 runners on a perfect autumn Blue Mountains day, but it was the final kilometre of agonising climb up to the Scenic World finish line that allowed Sydney runner David Byrne to cross the finish line ahead of all of them.

Among the big field were some people content to walk the entire distance. At the other extreme were elite runners, including local champion Brendan Davies, who famously won the UTA 100km in 2013.

For most of the race it was a flying Davies so far out in front that those coming behind couldn’t even see him. Davies, …

UTA 100km and 50km wrap up!

By Dan Lewis
On his Facebook page just a few days ago, Spaniard Pau Capell posted a message with a photograph of himself out trail running.
“No parare hasta conseguirlo!” it declared. The translation is: “I will not stop until I get it!”

The 24-year-old says the post was about his life goals in general, but it could have just as well applied specifically to Saturday’s Ultra-Trail Australia 100km race in the Blue Mountains.

Although he has only been running ultra-marathons for three years, Capell stormed home to comprehensively defeat a well-credentialed international field of elite athletes in Australia’s biggest and most prestigious trail running event. In his broken English, Capell exclaimed at the Scenic World finish line in Katoomba: “I don’t believe it. This is a dream. I dream about this. I think this was amazing.”

He finished in 9:20:14 ahead of Australia’s Ben Duffus in 9:39:25 and Yun …

Ultra-Trail Australia Race Report Competition

The shoes are off and the dust has settled. As the curtain falls on your Ultra-Trail Australia adventure for 2016 you may find yourself filled with a mix of emotions. You have been on a journey that has shaped you, challenged you and made you harness strengths of body and mind, that perhaps you did not know existed. You did it. You toed the line, you gave it your all, and now you reflect.

PRIZES:
We will select 2 reports to award from each of the 4 event, UTA100, UTA50, PACE UTA22 and Scenic World UTA951.
The winner of each will receive 1 free race entry to the race for the same event in 2017.
The runner up will receive a prize from our sponsors.

COMPETITION RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The “Ultra-Trail Australia Race Report Contest” is sponsored by AROC …