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Ultra-Trail Australia

Ultra-Trail Australia is a challenging 100km running event held in the magnificent Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Local and international runners come to NSW each year to participate in this endurance event, with hundreds of competitors making the trek around the challenging course.

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There are several races, including a 100km race, 50km race, PACE UTA22 (21.6km), PACE UTA11 (11km), and Scenic World UTA951 (1.2km time trial). There is no need to pre-qualify for the adult events; however, participants must be over 18 years of age.

The trail is challenging and remote in some areas, so trail running experience is recommended. The 100km race can take up to 28 hours to complete, so you must be physically healthy to compete.

Golden Stairs, Ironpot Ridge, Leura Forest, Wentworth Falls, Kedumba Pass, Furber Steps – names that have become trail running legends as part of the iconic UTA100 course. It’s the race that every trail runner in Australia aspires to do at least once – but all too often once is never enough.

You start at KCC Oval, opposite the famous Scenic World in the idyllic town of Katoomba and experience a mix of terrain – mostly single track and wide trails – and a mix of emotions as you run through the very special World Heritage-listed national park of the Blue Mountains. After some lush bushland, beautiful escarpments, epic ridgelines, 5 checkpoints and about 99kms you’ll stand at the bottom of the most famous set of steps in trail running … just 951 of them are between you and the finish line back at Scenic World.

The UTA50 course traces the second half of the UTA100 course and does not lack the beauty or stunning landscapes of its longer counterpart. You’ll start at KCC Oval, finish at Scenic World in Katoomba, and head 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!

UTA22 is a challenging and super-fun loop course that takes in all the beauty of the Blue Mountains but is still achievable for those newbies to trail running. Your start is at KCC Oval, across the road from Scenic World. The route takes you along UTA course highlights like the famous Golden Stairs, Federal Pass, Three Sisters, Leura Cascades, Elysian Rock and Prince Henry Cliff Walk, before heading up the Furber Steps to your finish line at Scenic World. Whether you’re new to trail running or looking to take in some UTA highlights without going the ultra distance – the UTA22 is perfect for you!

UTA11 is a great introduction to Ultra-Trail Australia and trail running. The course traverses some of the most stunning tracks of the Blue Mountains, and while you encounter the odd lump along the way, it is very achievable for all abilities. You’ll start at KCC Oval, across the road from Scenic World. The route takes you out Cliff Drive and along Glenraphael Drive to the turnaround point beyond the locked gate at Narrow Neck. Return to Golden Stairs, then down Golden Stairs along Federal Pass through Landslide to the base of Furber Steps. To get the real taste of UTA, you’ll get to take on all of the 951 Furber Steps up to the finish at Scenic World.

Scenic World UTA951 participants will travel from Scenic World down into the valley on the Scenic Railway. The start line of the Scenic World UTA951 is just above the Scenic Railway lower station where the Scenic World boardwalks exit onto Federal Pass.

The Ultra-Trail Australia Event Expo is an energetic and dynamic festival-style expo celebrating the world of ultra-trail running and adventure. Featuring over forty exhibitors from the running and outdoor industry, performances from local artists, kids’ activities, food stalls and coffee stands – the super-popular expo is a highlight of the vent weekend and is the place to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Located directly opposite race check-in at KCC, the expo is frequented by thousands of excited trail runners, supporters, spectators, and support crew that descend upon Katoomba each May for Australia’s largest trail race.

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