Time to start ramping up your Ultra Trail Australia 2020 training! 10 Weeks to go!
THE COURSE: This training run will start at Queen Victoria Hospital and finish at Scenic World.
Total Distance from 22 - 28km.
(There will be a chance to do an extra 5km if you need the extra distance)
If you are a new runner to the event there is nothing like an on-course reconnaissance run to see what exactly you are up for on race day. If you are a previous UTA runner it is a good test to see where you are up to with your fitness and what you must work on to have a successful UTA 2020 run.
This year the experienced trainers from BLUE MOUNTAINS FITNESS have teamed up with THE BODY MECHANIC. We will align our BMF UTA Training Runs with THE LOCKER ROOM UTA Base Training Plans (Beginner/Intermediate/Advance) and the Event Specific UTA22, UTA50 and UTA100 Training Plans.
For more info on The Locker Room Plans check out -
BLUE MOUNTAINS FITNESS is one of only a few companies with a National Parks and Wildlife ECO PASS licence to carry out run training on the Ultra Trail Australia course. We have been training runners to complete the arduous UTA course for the last 9 years. We have highly experienced trainers who know the trails better than most. In 2019 we trained 500 runners over the various distances of UTA with hugely successful completion rate. We are locals. We know the course back to front! We have trainers that have been on the podium, won age groups, done all the UTA different distance events and even a trainer that has done every single UTA100 event!
WHY?: This is a perfect training run to get a first look at the UTA50 and UTA100 course or see where you are at with your training.
Remember we are fully licensed and fully insured National Parks ECO PASS company. We arrange transport back to your cars after the training. Training with companies that are not National Parks licenced, uninsured, with unqualified/inexperienced trainers with no risk management plans is a recipe for disaster.
THE COURSE: This training run will start Queen Victoria Hospital and finish at Scenic World.
Total Distance for the standard run is 22km. This is the UTA22 course, the second leg of the UTA50 course and the last leg of the UTA100 course.
THE LOCKER ROOM BASE TRAINING PLANS: We have matched the training run course with The Locker Room Training Plans.
Beginner/Intermediate - 22km option - The UTA22 Full Course - QV Hospital to Scenic World
Intermediate/Advanced - 28km option - Extra 6km pre UTA22 Course, We'll either do an out and back from QV back on the UTA50 course or meet at The Conservation Hut for a 6km extra run to QVH.
Extra K's - For fitter, faster runners there could be some extra k's added to this run by starting at The Fairmont to make the distance around 33k.
DESCRIPTION: This is the UTA22 full course description. We will descend into the Kedumba Valley and follow the Sublime Point Ridge fire trail to Jamison Creek and Leura Falls Creek. We will pass through the location of the race day Emergency Aid Station and climb up to the site of the old Katoomba Sewer Plant. We will then join Federal Pass to Leura Forest, under the 3 Sisters and cross Katoomba Creek. We will then take on the 951 stairs of Furbers Steps and finish at Scenic World.
EXTRA K's: We usually have trainers and runners doing extra time on feet or distance prior to the official start times. We will send out info on this closer to the training date. There is no charge for the additional K's.These extra k's could bump the total up to 33+km.
CAR SHUTTLES: We will organise car shuttles for the day. We will send out information on this closer to race day.
GEAR: We will be using this as a race day prep run and ask you to bring the UTA22/UTA50 Mandatory gear -
TIME: The time taken to do the UTA22 run will depend on which pace group you start with and the distance you choose to run. We expect the slower group, "The Turtles" to take around 3.5 to 4 hours. This group will start at 7am.
The faster group "The Hares" will take around 3 to 3.5 hours and start at 7.30am.
An even faster group may be required. The Gazelles” is available if required. This group will start at 7am for their Extra K's and start heading off on the UTA22 course around 8am and take around 3 hours for this part of the run.
There will be options to swap pace groups during the morning to suit your pace.
NUTRITION: Please bring enough fuel for this amount of time. There will be one water stop organized along the run but please be self-sufficient for about 2 hours - 1 to 1.5 litres fluids.
INFO SHEET: A full information sheet will be sent to all participants prior to the training day.
This will include meeting points, training course map, PDF Map link, instructions etc.
ENTRY FEES: The fees for this event are:
$50 - EARLY BIRD - up to 23rd December 2019
$60 - STANDARD - up to 6th March 2020
plus a small booking fee if you book through Register Now.
PROMO CODE: If you have run with BMF before you are welcome to use a promotional code that we will email you.
ACCOMMODATION: If you are looking for an awesome place to stay the night before the runs, The Greens at Leura are offering a great discount to BMF UTA Runners for a 2 night stay over the weekend of the 17-19th January.
$200 per room per night King, Double and Twin Rooms available with continental breakfast. Jacky and Claudio the owners will probably be on the one of the runs also! Check out https://www.thegreensleura.com.au/
These dates at The Greens have been reserved for BMF UTA Runners so you won't see availability on the website - call direct on 02 47843241 for bookings.
If you have any questions, contact Tony on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402925608 or PM us on the Blue Mountains Fitness Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsFitness/