Organiser

Blue Mountains Fitness

Date:

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Location:

Blue Mountains National Park


Registration closes on:

Friday, 24 April 2020 at 8:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

ONLY 3 WEEKS TO ULTRA TRAIL AUSTRALIA from this run!!

Great chance for a last Long Run on the UTA50 and 100 courses.

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 Training Plans check out - 

https://www.tbmlockerroom.com/ultra_trail_australia_training_plan/

The main activity of the BMF UTA Training Run is a loop circuit from QV Hospital. It is a mix of the hard stairs section of Leg 1 of UTA50 (Leg 3 of 100) and Leg 2 of UTA50 (Leg 3 of UTA100 and the UTA22 course). Highlights - Kedumba, Sublime Pt Ridge, Leura Stairs, Prince Henry Cliff Top Track.

For the fitter, faster runners we will not go up stairs and head on the finish route towards the 3 Sisters. We'll climb Giant Stairs and head back towards Leura trying to catch the runners that headed up Leura Stairs.

We will stick to a 7 hour maximum run time. There will be a retrieval vehicle available for anyone not going to make it back to QVH by the 6-7 hour time. This worked well in the past two years and everyone got a great long run in.

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?: Perfect last long training run on the UTA50 and UTA100 course before the start of a well earned taper.

THE COURSE: This training run will start and finish at Queen Victoria Hospital. A mix of UTA50 and UTA100.

DESCRIPTION: This run is based on the UTA50/100 course. We will follow the UTA50/100 course from Queen Victoria Hospital, down Kedumba, up Sublime Pt Ridge Trail, up Leura Stairs (which you do on Leg 1 of UTA50 and Leg 3 of UTA100) to Leura Cascades. We then follow the UTA50/100 courses along the cliff top back to QVH.

Fitter, faster runner will head towards Leura Forest, up Dardanelles Pass to the Giant Stairs. Then back along the Prince Henry Cliff Top Track to Leura Cascades and back towards QVH.

DISTANCE OPTIONS: 

Option 1: QVH to QVH - 35km loop via Kedumba, Sublime Pt Ridge, Leura Stairs, Wentworth Falls

Option 2: Extra 8km (Leura Forest, Giant Stairs, Leura Cascades) plus above 35km loop.

CAR SHUTTLES: We will organise car shuttles for the day if required. 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 UTA50/UTA100 Mandatory gear - 

https://www.ultratrailaustralia.com.au/races/50km/mandatory-gear

TIME: The time taken to do this run will depend on which pace group you start with.

Last year we had runners finish the 35km in 5-7 hours. 

START TIMES:

35km - 7am for Turtles (Slower pace group), 7.30am for Hares (Faster pace group). If needed we have an even faster group - start time 8am for the Gazellles! 

45km - 6.15am - A couple of km early on (optional) to warm up and then head on the course.

If needed we will have an even faster 35km training group - The Gazelles! Start at 8am.

There will be options to swap pace groups during the day to suit your pace.

NUTRITION: Please bring enough fuel for this amount of time. There will be water stops organized along the run but please be self-sufficient for about 2 hours - 1 to 1.5 litres fluids. Bring enough nutrition for 5-7 hours.

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:

$70 - EARLY BIRD - Up to January 20th 2020

$75 STANDARD - 20 January 2020 to April 10th 2020
plus a small booking fee if you book through Register Now.

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. 

PROMO CODE: If you have run with BMF before you are welcome to use a promotional code that we will email you.

ACCOMMODATIONIf 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 10-12th April 2020. 

$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 info@bluemountainsfitness.com.au or 0402925608