Date: Sat, 14 April 2018
- 1 Features
- 2 The Trail Running SA team
- 3 Cost
- 4 Start times
- 5 Merchandise
- 6 Key dates
- 7 Cancellations and changes
- 8 Ultramarathon participant handbook
- 9 Course Map & Closures
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Training and social activities
- 12 Mandatory gear
- 13 At the race
- 14 New to Trail Running SA?
- 15 The Fine Print
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 three 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 party at the end to rival that of Kuitpo 2017.
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.
- 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 at the finish line.
- Random draw prizes.
Trail Running SA members will be eligible for random draw prizes. Joining Trail Running SA is easy and costs only $10. Click here for more info.
The Trail Running SA team
Some of the key event volunteers are listed below.
- Overall Event Director: Doug
- Assistant Race Director – 58 km: Claire
- Assistant Race Director – 22 km: Mel
- Assistant Race Director – 12 km: Steve
We also rely on a volunteer committee of 15 members and countless volunteers on the day to put on each event – all hands on deck! Thanks!
- Earlybird entry before midnight Sunday, 1st of April ,2018
- 58 km: $60
- 22 km: $30
- 12 km: $22
- Before bibs are printed midnight Sunday, 8th of April, 2018
- 58 km: $70
- 22 km: $35
- 12 km: $27
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Thursday, 12th of April, 2018
- 58km: $80
- 22 km: $38
- 12 km: $32
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult) – 12km only: $16
- There is a minimum age of 15 for the 22 km and 58 km events.
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 headtorch as sunrise is at 6:38AM. 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.
- 22 km Two Peaks Trail Run: 1:30pm
- 12 km Belair NP Trail Run/Walk run: 2:00pm
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 the point is 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 8h42min), 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.
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- Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2018.
- Sunday 8th of April 2018: Get your entry in by midnight to guarantee your name will be printed on your bib.
- Thursday, 12th of April, 2018: Entries close at midday. There will be no race-day registrations.
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. We charge a $10 fee plus any price difference for changes or cancellations.
Ultramarathon participant handbook
We have produced a participant handbook for the 58 km runners with some additional information to help you prepare for the 58 km event. Click here to view the handbook.
Course Map & Closures
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the course maps.
The courses will be marked.
The signs to look out for:
- Red arrows at turnoffs.
- Red-and-white ribbons to confirm that you’re on the right track.
- Wrong way signs where needed.
- Arrow signs wherever you need to turn off.
- Course divergence signs where needed.
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.
Presentations & random draw
Medal presentations will be shortly after the arrival of the 3rd placed male & female runner in each event. The members’ random draw will be at 5PM to encourage people to stick around and welcome everyone home and enjoy the finish line atmosphere.
The 58 km and 22 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
- 22 km runners: 10:43/km
The 12 km course will close at 4:30PM, giving a course closure pace of 14:00/km.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here.
There are 3 start locations:
- The start location of the 58 km 5 Peaks Ultramarathon is at Foxfield Oval, Athelstone. Click here for directions in google maps.
- The start location of the 22 km Two Peaks Trail Run is at Cleland Wildlife Park. Click here for directions in google maps.
- The start location of the 12 km 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 22km 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 (Main Oval) to take you to the start at Foxfield oval. 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 6:00 start bus departs Belair NP 4:45am
- Foxfield Start 7:00 start bus departs Belair NP 5:45am
- Foxfield Start 8:00 start bus departs Belair NP 6:45am
- Cleland Start 1:00pm start bus departs Belair NP 12:15pm
The cost of the bus will be $10. Entrants will be notified when bus bookings are opened. The bus ticket is non-refundable.
There will be a variety of training and social activities in the lead up to the event:
- Sun, 04 February 2018 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #2 – Athelstone to Norton Summit (21 km)
- Sat, 10 February 2018 – Mastering the uphill – Effective and efficient uphill session
- Sun, 11 February 2018 – Cleland Conservation Park Social Run
- Sun, 25 February 2018 – Henley to Largs – Beach run
- Wed, 28 February 2018 – Trail Running SA Social Evening – With Nick Muxlow from the Ultra Journey
- Sat, 03 March 2018 – Mastering the technical – Tackling the technical downhill
- Sun, 04 March 2018 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #3 – Norton Summit to Eagle On The Hill (20 km) – TRSA Social Run
- Sun, 11 March 2018 – Belair Social Run
- Wed, 21 March 2018 – Social Evening at The Astor
- Sun, 01 April 2018 – Five Peaks Official Training Run #4 – Eagle On The Hill to Belair (16 km)
To complement the official training runs, TRSA also offers other social runs on Sunday mornings, Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings at different locations (these continue throughout the year). Each location is unique and offers different training from hills to beach conditioning and endurance. TRSA’s facebook page is the best place to keep an eye out for this information with posts about the location, distance and times going up several days before the social run. Additional details for longer Sunday social runs can also be found on the website.
- Bring your own bottle belt or hydration pack – there are no cups of water at the drink stations.
- Mobile phone.
- Headlamp for 6:00am starters.
At the race
There will be toilets at all 3 start locations as well as the finish location.
Bib pickup procedure
Bibs will not be mailed out and will be available for pickup on the morning of the event. Please allow sufficient time to pick up your bib with chip attached. 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.
- 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 where they will help you sort everything.
There will be two marked locations for your drop bag drop offs – DS4 and a final location for drop bags that need to be taken to the finish line. Please make sure your drop bags are clearly labelled with the following:
- Full Name
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 the checkpoints are 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 event or arrange a friend to do this for you.
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, no need to prior to this point. 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.
Drink station and refreshments
The course is supported with basic hydration (no cups provided) and nutrition at every 10-15kms, and manned by our enthusiastic volunteers who will offer you as much encouragement as you need.
There will be water, fruit, and Maurice’s delicious brownies at the race starts and finish.
New to Trail Running SA?
The Fine Print
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.