Date: Sun, 02 August 2020
FIVE PEAKS CANCELLED – UPDATE & INFORMATION – SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2020
When postponing The Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival 2020 to 2 August 2020 the TRSA committee was cautiously optimistic about being able to proceed as planned. Since March we have continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation and Government regulations to inform our decision making. After a discussion at our recent committee meeting, the committee has decided to cancel The Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival 2020. Please read on to find out why and what’s next.
A key feature of TRSA events is the fantastic atmosphere on the courses and at the finish line, where large numbers of runners, volunteers and their supporters gather to encourage everyone and celebrate with them. Under the current circumstances we would not be able to run Five Peaks in the usual spirit of a TRSA event. Additionally, the logistics of organising an event like Five Peaks are significant and as a volunteer committee it is not feasible to organise any attempt at a COVID-safe version of the event, nor is it a risk we are willing to take.
The committee has also determined it is not feasible to re-schedule this event again and as such we will be providing either a transfer to the equivalent event for Five Peaks 2021, or a full refund. Please note, the transfers are like for like transfers and if participants want to run a different event in 2021, they will need to request a refund and re-register next year when event entries open. The Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival 2021 is scheduled for Sunday 28 March, 2021. Processing of transfers and refunds will commence within the next couple of weeks. If you wish to request a full refund, please fill in this refund request form. If you wish to transfer to the equivalent event in 2021, please fill in this transfer request form, which must be completed by Friday 10 July. Any transfer not received by this date will be processed as a refund.
We know this will be a disappointment to our community, as it is for the TRSA committee, but we are confident it is the right decision given the circumstances. However, we are keen to encourage you all to put your training into practice and participate in a virtual Five Peaks event, which includes all four distances; 8km, 12km, 23km and 58km. The virtual 58km course will qualify for the SA Five 50’s Series and medals will be given to those who can prove they have completed the course by the 24th October 2020, which is the date of the final SA Five 50’s Series Event, Heysen 105. We will be accepting one submission per runner and encourage appropriately sized and socially distant groups to head out and run the courses together. We will be providing details about how you can upload your runs in the next few days so watch this space!
We will continue to keep our community informed about our event planning for the remainder of 2020. In the mean time, happy running and we look forward to celebrating your achievements in true TRSA virtual style
We’ve taken some of Adelaide’s most loved trails and linked them together to create an event like no other. In typical Trail Running SA style, we’ve taken the obvious option then mixed it up to create a range of options to suit everyone from those new to trails to seasoned trail running veterans.
Centered on the Yurrebilla trail, with some spectacular diversions including the iconic Mt Lofty, you’ll traverse the Mt Lofty Ranges and cross through no fewer than eight parks in the long course, and get a taste of all this in the medium and short courses as well. This well supported event includes something for everyone with four distances featuring a mix of wide open fire trails, technical single track, native bush and stunning views.
You can expect all the usual features of a TRSA event: a friendly and relaxed atmosphere encouraging people of all abilities to get out on the trails, great support and organisation, and a central finishing location where all courses converge and can support each other.
So choose your challenge and come and join us for a fantastic day out on the trails.
If you’re interested in helping out on the day, or perhaps you have a family member or friend who might like to volunteer, click here.
- Magnificent scenery taking in the Mt Lofty ranges.
- Trophies for 1st 3 male & female runners in each event.
- Medals for all runners in the ultra distance 58 km course.
- Five Peaks La Sportiva Mountain Climb KOM + QOM in the ultra distance 58 km course.
- A souvenir wristband to collect at each peak on the 58 km and 23 km courses.
- Teams (clubs) points competition.
- Plenty of water stations for beginners. In keeping with TRSA’s no-cup policy, please bring your own hydration options to top up on course.
- Great atmosphere and the usual TRSA supplied nutrition at the finish line.
- Random draw prizes.
- Option to purchase a range of healthy post race meals to help you recover at the finish line.
- Earlybird entry before midnight Sunday, 22nd of March ,2020
- 58 km: $60
- 23 km: $26
- 12 km: $21
- 8km: $17
- Before bibs are printed midnight Sunday, 29th of March, 2020
- 58 km: $70
- 23 km: $33
- 12 km: $28
- 8km: $24
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Friday, 3rd of April, 2020
- 58km: $80
- 23 km: $36
- 12 km: $33
- 8km: $27
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult) – discount applies to all events, excluding the Ultra (58km) distance: $12
- For Trail Running SA’s policy for under 18’s click here.
Trail Running SA members will be eligible for the following random draw prizes. Joining Trail Running SA is easy and costs only $10. Click here for more info. The members’ random draw will be at 5:00p.m. to encourage people to stick around and welcome everyone home and enjoy the finish line atmosphere.
- Trail Running SA Supporters: TBC – stay tuned.
- TRSA: 1 x TRSA hoodie, 1 x TRSA tech tee/singlet, 1 x TRSA cotton tee, 3 x TRSA KeepCups, 3x TRSA Trucker hats, 1 x TRSA tech band, 3 x entries to The Devil’s Nose.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: Claire
- Assistant Race Director (58km): Justin
- Assistant Race Director (23km): Joel
- Assistant Race Director (12km/8km): Mary-Ann
- Race Referee: Steve
We rely on a volunteer committee and countless volunteers on the day to put on each event, so please put your hand up to help keep these events going. To volunteer for this event, please click the button below and complete the form. All assistance is welcome. Thanks!
Medal presentations will be shortly after the arrival of the 3rd placed male & female runner in each event.
58 km runners will need to nominate a wave. The slowest runners only should start at 6:00am. You need to be in the 8:00AM group (outright racers) to be considered for a top 3 trophy.
- 58 km Five Peaks Ultramarathon:
- Wave 1: 6:00am – slowest runners only please – you will need a head torch as sunrise is at 6:31am. Please see important note for 6:00am runners below.
- Wave 2: 7:00am – this should be the choice for most.
- Wave 3: 8:00am – fast runners & outright racers.
- If in doubt, choose the 7:00am option.
- 12 km Belair NP Trail Run/Walk: 12:30pm
- 23 km Trail Run: 1:00pm
- 8km Belair NP Trail Run/Walk: 1:30pm
Important note for 6:00am runners: The aid stations and timing points will open at certain times, and if you are running too fast you will arrive before they are open. For safety reasons you will not be able to proceed until it is open. As a general rule, if there is any chance you will run at faster than 9min/km pace (finishing the event in less than 8h 42min), you should ensure that you choose the 7:00am start. Anyone who wishes to change from 6:00am distance to the 7:00am distance can do so for free by clicking here. Start times must be changed by midnight 29 March to ensure that your name is printed on your bib. A list of entrants and their start times can be found by clicking here.
- Are you a newcomer to Trail Running SA? Our frequently asked questions page has a bunch more information about what to expect and how we operate so please take a look there, and email us if you have any more questions.
- Are you a newcomer to Five Peaks, Trail Running or Ultramarathon running, or want to help those that are? Join the Five Peaks newcomers group on facebook – A friendly place for newcomers to ultrarunning to ask questions, find training buddies, and share trail running stories.
The 2020 participants’ handbook is available here. The handbook outlines the key items that you’ll need to know leading up to and on the day.
Five Peaks La Sportiva Mountain Climb
Are you ready to take on the Five Peaks La Sportiva Mountain Climb at this years Five Peaks? Clock the fastest time on the climb during the event and win a pair of the new La Sportiva Helios III!
La Sportiva Australia, in conjunction with BKT-Trail are giving away a pair of Helios III to the fastest male and female on the Strava segment ‘Five Peaks La Sportiva Mountain Climb’ on race day. Think Horsnell Gully…The start and finish of the segment will be clearly marked with La Sportiva flags.
A few conditions:
– You must be entered in the 58km event at Five Peaks and finish the race,
– Your time must be uploaded to Strava by 1pm Monday after the race, and
– You need to be a member of the La Sportiva Mountain Running Australia Group on Strava.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday after the race and can then collect their Helios III at BKT-Trail. The La Sportiva crew will also be at the finish line in Belair NP to show off their gear and answer your questions. They’ll also be throwing some prizes into the members’ random draw on the day.
We require carpooling (minimum 2 per vehicle, ideally 3 or 4) for this event wherever possible in order to minimise congestion and parking issues around the venue start area. For most people, this means coming to the event with some friends or colleagues. If you can’t find someone to carpool with, we suggest posting to the Trail Running SA Lounge on Facebook to link up with others.
- Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2020.
Once again we will be holding a series of social training runs for Five Peaks.
- Sun, 17 November 2019 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #1 – Athelstone to Norton Summit (20km or 9km).
- Sun, 15 December 2019 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #2 – Norton Summit to Cleland (16km or 12km)
- Sun, 19 January 2020 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #3 – Belair Short Courses (12km or 8km)
- Sun, 1 March 2020 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #4 – Cleland to Belair (23 km)
These are social runs and all are welcome. You can find all course GPX routes for downloading to Galileo t o use on the day.Much like last year, the wonderful Mal and Merry will be providing refreshments at the finish for runners.
We rely on runners carpooling due to limited parking at all run start locations. Keep an eye out on the Trail Running SA facebook page for updates prior to each run.
Cancellations and changes
Please do not contact Trail Running SA requesting a cancellation or change until you have read the procedure for cancellations and changes here. There is a $10 fee plus any price difference for changes or cancellations.
Trail Running SA has a range of merchandise available via the online store such as hoodies. You can order online for pickup at the event. There will also be limited stock available at the event.
Click the button below to order.
Course Map & Closures
Course maps as per the following. The courses will be marked.
The 58 km and 23 km courses will close at 5:30PM, giving the following course closure paces:
- 58 km runners 6:00AM starters: 11:54/km
- 58 km runners 7:00AM starters: 10:52/km
- 58 km runners 8:00AM starters: 9:50/km
- 23 km runners: 11:44/km
The 12 km and 8km courses will close at 4:30PM, giving the following course closure paces
- 8 km runners & walkers: 22:30/km
- 12 km runners & walkers: 20:00/km
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here.
Welcome! We permit walkers into the shortest two distances only. This is to ensure that everyone is back safely and accounted for in time for presentations. Although we ask during registration whether you are walking or running, we don’t time the walking event separately to the running event. You can run if you like too.
If you are a slower runner doing the longer distances, check the cutoff paces above.
There are 3 start locations:
- The start location of the 58 km Five Peaks Ultramarathon is at Foxfield Oval, Athelstone. Click here for directions in google maps.
- The car park of the 23 km race is at Cleland Wildlife Park. Click here for directions in google maps. The start location is here.
- The start location of the 12 km and 8km Belair NP Trail Run /Walk is at Main Oval, Belair National Park. Click here for directions in google maps.
The finish location is at Main Oval, Belair National Park. Click here for directions in google maps.
Getting to the start / parking at the finish
The 58 km and 23km events are a point to point course which means you’ll need to pre-plan how you will get to the start. There are several options as follows:
- Purchase a ticket on the buses departing Belair National Park to take you to the start at Foxfield oval or Cleland. More information on this below.
- Coordinate with another participant by leaving cars at either end.
- Post a request in the Trail Running SA Lounge or in the Event on Facebook (trail runners are a friendly bunch so no doubt someone will live nearby and be happy to give you a lift).
- Bribe your partner, family member, friend, neighbour to be your driver for the day.
There is plenty of parking at both Foxfield Oval and Belair National Park. Please make sure that you adhere to the street signs around Foxfield Oval. Participants and supporters will be able to access car parking in Belair National Park for free – simply mention that you are participating or supporting Five Peaks at the main gate to get into the park. Please do not park in the surrounding streets or business car parks otherwise we may upset residents/businesses and not be invited back next year.
Bus transport will be provided from Belair NP to the Five Peaks Ultramarathon and Two Peaks Trail Run starts at Foxfield Oval and Cleland Conservation Park.
- Foxfield Start 6:00am start bus departs Belair NP 4:45am
- Foxfield Start 7:00am start bus departs Belair NP 5:45am
- Foxfield Start 8:00am start bus departs Belair NP 6:45am
- Cleland Start 1:00pm start bus departs Belair NP 11:45am
The cost of the bus is $10 and a booking can be made at the time you enter or by amending your registration. The bus ticket is non-refundable. Bus bookings will remain open until registrations close, unless sold out earlier. A list of entrants and bus bookings can be found by clicking here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CAR PARKING AT BELAIR NATIONAL PARK FOR FIVE PEAKS
- Bring your own bottle belt or hydration pack – there are no cups of water at the drink stations.
- Mobile phone. We recommend programming the first aid number 0491 017 636 and backup first aid number 0412 466 972 in. These numbers are also written on the back of your bib.
- Headlamp for 6:00am starters
At the race
Drop bags for the 58km and 23km events can be left at the start of the event (the location will be signed). Please make sure your drop bags are clearly labelled with the following:
- Full Name
- Destination (CP3 for 58km participants only and finish line for 58km/23km participants)
As there is also a possibility that it may rain, we recommend that any items that need to remain dry be placed in zip lock or dry bags. Additionally, any food contained in the bags should be sealed to prevent insects (i.e. ants) from getting in during the time they are at the checkpoints.
All drop bags will be returned to the finish line once DS3 has closed. If any drop bags remain after the event is packed up they may be thrown away if they contain food that might go rotten. Please ensure that you pick up your drop bag at the end of the event or arrange a friend to do this for you.
Bib pickup procedure
Electronic timing bibs will not be mailed out and will be available for pickup at the event. Please allow sufficient time to pick up your bib with chip attached. You don’t need to lookup your bib number before the event, but if you want to, see here. We recommend arriving 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the event start time in order to allow plenty of time to pick up your bib. You may need to park a few minutes walk from the start so please allow sufficient time to walk there.
After you have entered online and checked that all information provided is correct, there are 3 steps that you need to follow on arrival:
- On event day go straight to the “ENTRY DETAILS” display boards. All entrants will be listed and sorted by surname. Find your name. Check that your entry details are still correct, especially the race and category you have entered. Remember your race number and start time as you will need it for the next step.
- Go to the “RACE NUMBER BIBS” baskets (all numbers are filed numerically). Find your race number and take it out.
- If any of your entry details are wrong e.g. your name, category or gender, or you are changing races, proceed to the “REGISTRATION MANAGER” area.
Chip timing procedure
Entrants must make sure the data that timers have is correct, so must follow these basic procedures:
- A timing tag linked to you and your race number will be stuck to the back of your race number bib.
- Attach the bib at waist height to the outside front of whatever top you will be wearing at all timing points. Do not bend or fold the tag or tamper with it.
- Your time and number are recorded when you pass through a timing point provided your race number bib is visible. Covering it with clothing or your hands as you operate a watch will prevent it recording.
- If there are several starts for different races, make sure you start at the correct time.
- Run or walk over the start/finish timing mat at your start time. This lets officials know you are on the course.
- When you cross the finish timing point, walk & stay in order in the finish chute until you are past the backup cameras.
- Race number bibs are disposable & do not need to be returned.
- If you cut the course short (for example by skipping a lap, or taking a shortcut), do not cross over the mat as we may inadvertently think you have won the race. If you do not complete your course you must return your bib to the timing van near the end of the finish chute.
- If you lose your race number bib during the race you must go to the timing van near the end of the finish chute as soon as you cross the finish timing mat.
- Officials will phone and search for anyone who has a start time but no finish time, so it is vital you do not use someone else’s number and you go over the timing mat so your start and finish are recorded.
Beware of slippery patches on the tracks. Bare, packed, earth covered by green moss may be very slippery. Carry your phone on you when running as it could be critical if you get lost or injured.
The signs to look out for:
- Red arrows at turnoffs. All turnoffs will be marked with arrows, and ribbons are never used for this purpose.
- Red-and-white ribbons to confirm that you’re on the right track.
- Wrong way signs where needed.
- Course divergence signs where needed.
The red-and-white striped ribbons will be placed at frequent intervals (200-400m) to confirm that you are on the right track. Wherever you need to turn off, there will be an arrow sign. If you stop seeing any signs, turn back. Do not carry on and get yourself even more lost. All runners are expected to carry a mobile phone.
On course drink stations and nutrition
Erin Colebatch from Ultra Appetites has helped us plan all on-course and finish line nutrition options. The course is supported with water and Infinit at all drink stations and Coke from DS3 onwards (no cups provided) as well as food nutrition such as chips, fruit, lollies, Vegemite scrolls, finger buns, potatoes and brownies at every 10-15kms. These are manned by our enthusiastic volunteers who will offer you as much encouragement as you need. A detailed final breakdown of what is available at each drink station will be shared to Facebook and updated here a couple of weeks prior to the event.
Erin from Ultra Appetites and Nick from Roasted On will be looking after the aid station at McElligot’s Quarry, which all 58km and 23km runners will pass. They’ll be serving some extra treats in addition to the TRSA selection; delicious and highly nutritious peanut butter pretzel date balls (see below for the recipe and nutritional information) as well as the infamous Roasted On cold brew, which went down very well at Five Peaks 2019. Erin recommends that you give this recipe a try before race day.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls
Makes 12 balls
1/3 cup pretzels
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Place pretzels in food processor and grind into crumbs. Set aside.
- Add the dates and peanut butter to the food processor and grind until crumbly.
- Using your hands, form the date and peanut butter mixture into small balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball).
- Once all the balls are made, roll them in pretzel crumbs and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate.
- Refrigerate for about an hour.
1 serve (2 balls) provides: 552kJ, 20g carbohydrate, 2.5g protein, 3g fat, 3.1g fibre, 63mg sodium (recipe sourced from nutritionalanatalie.com). *Gluten, lactose and dairy-free; vegan.
Finish line nutrition
There will be more of the same at the finish line along with additional recovery-focused options such as Up n Go drinks and muesli bars.
John from The Coffee Run will be there to with his usual coffee van, offering a 50c discount if you bring your own cup. Please bring cash as EFTPOS facilities won’t be available on the day.
Post race meal
Erin has also worked with Sprout Catering and Pangkarra on a range of post race meal options, which are healthy, nutritious, and delicious to help you re-fuel and recover after the race. The following catered meal options can be purchased for $20 per meal via your race registration for Five Peaks:
1. Sumac chicken served with pickled cabbage, pumpkin, broccolini and quinoa salad (Cold option)
2. Braised lamb and spinach ragu with Pangkarra Wholegrain Spirals (Hot)
3. Eggplant and Pangkarra Chickpea Tagine served with Pangkarra Gluten Free Penne (Vegan option/GF) (Hot)
Meals are available to all runners, regardless of the distance you’re running and if you’re supporting or volunteering on the day. Your meal will be available at the finish line at Belair. Please drop by the catering table in the Main Pavilion to pick up your meal. A list of people who have booked post-race meals can by found by clicking here.
How to add a bus booking or meal to your registration
- Go to https://myevents.active.com/
- Login using your email and password that you used to register for the event.
- Select the “Purchase Merchandise” box.
- Select the item you need to add.
- Click continue and then complete the check out details.
The Fine Print
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.