Race Details

RACE DATE Saturday 15 May 2021
ENTRY FEE View entry fees
DISTANCE & ELEVATION 50.3km with 2450 +/- elevation gain
START TIME 6:32am – 8:02am
START LINE KCC Oval. View start line map
BUSES There will be a free shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World / KCC. Find out more on the transport services page. 
FINISH LINE Scenic World, Violet St and Cliff Dr, Katoomba NSW. View finish line map
ENTRY INCLUSIONS Race entry, race pack, finisher medal and buff, finisher certificate, fully stocked checkpoints, drop bag service, on-course medical support and assistance, course photography.
MINIMUM AGE 18 years of age on race day
MANDATORY GEAR

All runners must carry mandatory gear during the race. Details are on the mandatory gear page.

START GROUP SELECTION There are multiple different start groups. View the Start Group Selection page to assist you in making an appropriate selection.
TOTAL ALLOWABLE TIME 14hr 30min
CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED (min/km) 17:24/km
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER 4 hr 40 min (10:45am)
EXPECTED TIME FINAL FINISHER 14hr 30min (10:32pm)
TIMING RESULTS

The following age divisions for both male and female will be used for the results (age on day of race is used to determine your division):

  • Open (18-29 years)
  • Veterans (30-39 years)
  • Masters (40-49 years)
  • Super Masters (50-59 years)
  • Grand Masters (60-69 years)
  • Supreme Masters (70+ years)
AWARDS & PRIZES
  • 5 fastest male and females receive a trophy
  • 3 fastest men and women receive free entry to the following year’s event
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each division
UTMB logo en Finishers of Ultra-Trail Australia 50 will gain 2 qualifying points towards The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®.

All information subject to change

 

Course

The UTA50 course traces the second half of the UTA100 course, and does not lack for the beauty or stunning landscapes of its longer counterpart.

You’ll start at KCC Oval and finish at Scenic World in Katoomba and be heading down the Giant Stairway into the lush Leura Forest before you know it.

The spectacular Wentworth Falls is the next highlight after around 25km, before cruising down the epic Kedumba Pass.

The only way is up from there, culminating with those infamous 951 steps and the finish line!

 

Maps

UTA50 course map

PDF

KML

TOPO - Overview

GPX for Training

GPX Waypoints

Mapping App

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Use the GPX for Training route to avoid the out of bounds areas of the course prior to race day.

Check out the training on course page for information.

View the track closures from NPWS and BMCC before heading out. 

Course is subject to change

Terrain

path 7

39% Paths

Walking tracks, single track

Tracks 6

43% Tracks

Fire roads, dirt roads

road 6

18% Road

Bitumen roads

Checkpoints

CHECKPOINTS

LOCATION

DISTANCE FROM START

DEPARTURE CUT-OFF TIME*

DROP BAG LOCATION

Start KCC Oval 0km   Yes
Water point Fairmont Resort 17.3km 12.35pm Saturday No
Checkpoint 501 Queen Victoria Hospital 28.7km 3.46pm Saturday No
Emergency Aid Station Helipad - Sublime Pt Ridge Fire Trail 41.5km N/A No
Finish Scenic World 50.3km 10.32pm Saturday Yes

*The cut-off times are for leaving the relevant checkpoint. If you miss the cut-off then you must follow the directions of officials. Please note that in bad weather conditions, cut-offs may need to be brought forward during the event.

Checkpoints are generously stocked with:

  • Lollies
  • KODA Nutrition energy gels
  • Fixx Nutrition electrolyte drink (pre-mixed)
  • Water
  • Fruit
  • Bakery goods
  • Hot water, tea, coffee, soup
  • Toilets

The order of the checkpoint offerings will be:

Food > Fruit > Drinks

Please note we are a cup-less event. In an effort to cut down on waste, we will have no drinking cups at checkpoints. You will need to carry a cup or hydration pack with you. Limited stock of cups and hydrations packs will be available for sale at the event expo, but we encourage you to purchase one in advance and use it in your training.

Signs will be placed 200 metres before each checkpoints and exit signs will indicate the distance to the next checkpoint.

First Aid will be available at each checkpoint, Fairmont Resort Water Point, the Emergency Aid Station and the finish. There will also be roving first aid crews on the course.

There will be port-a-loos at the start, all checkpoints and the Emergency Aid Station. There will be flushing toilets at Fairmont Resort Water Point and the Finish.

 

Drop Bags

A Finish Line Drop Bag service will be available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (change of clothes, shoes, shorts, post race nutrition, etc.) at the finish line.

Your bag needs be closable and soft and a reasonable size. Cool-bags from the big supermarkets are perfect! In line with our commitment to sustainability please don’t use plastic bags or plastic boxes – these will not be accepted. One Finish Line Drop Bag per runner is allowed.

Finish line drop bags can be left in the designated Gear Drop Marquee area near the start line at KCC Oval on Saturday morning.Finish line drop bags can be left in the designated area near the start line on Saturday morning.

Collect by showing your race number at the designated Gear Drop Marquee

  • Please don’t use glass bottles/jars
  • Clearly mark your drop-bag using permanent marker pen with:
  • Surname
  • Race Number
  • Location (i.e. finish line)
  • Drop bags will be lined up in numerical order. Any bags without or clearly written/visible with a name and race number, will placed at the end of the number range.
  • Only the runner can collect their drop bag at the drop bag locations.

left bag drop smile

spectators high five finisher smiles

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