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, allowing runners to train in them.
• Medals for 100km runners who finish between 20-28 hours.
• Finisher Items.
• A 2 day 40 stall event expo to be held at KCC.
• Our 2 new events, the PACE UTA22 and the Scenic World UTA951.
After Tom’s run down, we took a break so that runners could enjoy some of the amazing food put on by Cafe 2773 whilst taste testing some incredible wine from Fox Creek Wines. This was also a time for guests to chat with the team from PACE Athletic about gear, La Sportiva about trail shoes and Wayne from Hammer Nutrition about fuelling for race day! There was also great demo gear from IO Merino, Petzl and BUFF for runners to look at and try on!
Before no time at all it was time to hear from Paul from Fox Creek Wines, who spoke about his amazing products and also shared his own experiences of racing Ultra-trail Australia and his authentic connection to the trail running community. Following Paul we heard from ultra running superstar Brendan Davies. Brendan talked runners through how he trains and races with Hammer Nutrition. Key points Brendan shared:
• Train with product
• Err on the side of less is more with nutrition, over-fuelling causes gut distress
• Manage your electrolytes with products such as Endurolytes
• For runs over 6 hours, consider using a fuel with more than just sugar. Brendan spoke about how he has used Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem in his long ultra’s and why.
• Reference The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Success by Hammer Nutrition.
After more food, more Fox Creek Wine and more socialising, the night concluded with an amazing presentation from PACE Athletic manager and inspiring ultra runner Olly Woolrych. Olly shared his very person story with depression and how running became a therapy for him and a way to pull himself out of some very dark times. With this new found passion, Olly told us about his amazing journey last year as he ran the entire length of Central America from Mexico City to Panama city to raise awareness about depression and money for Beyond Blue. Olly ran pulling a cart for 5 months covering nearly 6000km’s! His story is truly incredible and so very inspirational. You can chat with Olly in person at Pace Athletic Manly, where he now works as the store manager. You can also read all about his story here.
The night concluded with an amazing lucky door draw that was jam packed with prizes fro our sponsors! Thanks to our sponsors many runners went home with one of these awesome prises:
• La Sportiva Akasha trail shoes
• Gear from PACE Athletic
• $50 IO Merino Vouchers
• 2773 Glenbrook Vouchers
• Fox Creek Wine
• A Petzl R+ headlamp
• Hammer Nutrition Prize Pack
The evening was a HUGE success, thanks to all who contributed to this! We look forward to many more nights like this in the future.