Date: Sun, 08 September 2019
- 1 Features
- 2 TRSA 2019 Series Bonus Round!
- 3 Cost
- 4 Start times
- 5 Camping
- 6 Random Draw Prizes
- 7 The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
- 8 Newcomers
- 9 Carpooling Required
- 10 Merchandise
- 11 Key dates
- 12 Cancellations and changes
- 13 Course Map & Closures
- 14 Course Map
- 15 Presentations
- 16 Course Closures
- 17 Walkers
- 18 Start/Finish Location
- 19 Mandatory gear
- 20 At the race
- 21 Photos, Videos and Results from last year
- 22 The Fine Print
Due to Forestry SA activity, this year’s Mt Crawford Challenge is in a different location with 4 completely new courses, the extra-long course being worth more series points than any other race in the series. The courses run on broad tracks through native woodlands and pine plantations as well as sweeping single tracks. The medium and long courses have expansive views from Mt. Pleasant summit, and the extra-long course also visits Mt. Crawford summit.
- Magnificent scenery, beautifully designed and constructed trails, kangaroos, koalas, birds.
- Medals for 1st 3 male & female runners in each event.
- Points in the TRSA 2019 Series for all finishers.
- 4 water stations along the 35 km course, 3 along the 24 km course, 2 along the 15 km course, and 1 along the 8 km course.
- Random draw prizes.
- A free camping option, should you wish to stay the night before. For more information and to RSVP see the camping section below.
TRSA 2019 Series Bonus Round!
Mt. Crawford is the only event in the series with an extra-long course, making it a 4 point race. For more details head to the Series page.
- Early bird entry before midnight Sunday, 25th of August 2019
- 35 km run: $29
- 24 km run: $26
- 15 km run: $21
- 8 km run/walk: $17
- Before bibs are printed midnight Sunday, 1st of September 2019
- 35 km run: $36
- 24 km run: $33
- 15 km run: $28
- 8 km run/walk: $24
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Friday, 6th of September 2019
- 35 km run: $39
- 24 km run: $36
- 15 km run: $31
- 8 km run/walk: $27
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult): $12. For Trail Running SA’s policy for under 18’s click here.
- 35 km run at 7:00 a.m.
- 24 km run at 8:00 a.m.
- 15 km run at 8:45 a.m.
- 8 km run/walk at 9:15 a.m.
Trail Running SA has booked the Ponderosa camp ground on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be plenty of room. There is no charge to entrants, their families and friends. Cars can be parked next to tents and some people have asked if they can sleep in their vehicle – this is OK too. Please note that fires are only allowed within designated fire pits. There will be a communal fire at the start/finish area. The race director (Steve) will be there from Saturday after lunch. To RSVP and let us know you are coming, fill out this form.
Random Draw Prizes
Presentations will be at 11:30 am. 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 on membership, and click here for more information on the random draw.
- Trail Running SA Supporters: TBC – stay tuned.
- TRSA: 2 x TRSA hoodie, 2 x TRSA tech tee/singlet, 2 x TRSA cotton tee, 4x TRSA Trucker hats, 1 x TRSA tech band, 2 x mixed boxes of Cliff Bars, 3 x entries to The Devil’s Nose.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: Steve
- Assistant Race Director: Dej
- Safety coordinator: Pauline
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 here and complete the form. All assistance is welcome. Thanks!
- Are you a newcomer to Trail Running SA? Our frequently asked questions page has more information about our events and many other items. Contact us if you have any more questions.
- Join the Trail Running SA Lounge on Facebook – a friendly place for our community to keep each other updated, ask for advice, and anything else trail running related.
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.
Trail Running SA has a range of merchandise available via the online store. You can order online for pickup at the event. There will also be limited stock available at the event.
- Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2019.
- Sunday, 1st September 2019: Get your entry in by midnight to guarantee your name will be printed on your bib.
- Midday (noon) Friday, 6th September 2019: 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. There is a $10 fee plus any price difference for changes or cancellations.
Course Map & Closures
Course maps are at the bottom of this page. The courses will be marked.
Presentations will be at 11:30am.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here. All courses close at 12:00pm, giving the following approximate cut-off paces:
- 35 km run: closes at 8:30min/km.
- 24 km run: closes at 10:00min/km.
- 15 km run: closes at 13:00min/km.
- 8 km run / walk: closes at 20:30min/km.
Welcome! We permit walkers into the shortest distance 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 cut-off paces above.
The start and finish of the loop are at Ponderosa camp ground, with entry to the carpark from the northern side of Cricks Mill Rd. (which is the Mount Pleasant to Williamstown road), 7.5 kms from Mount Pleasant Town Centre and 13.5 kms from Williamstown. Please note there will be no access from Starkey rd.
Click here for directions in Google maps – note this will take you to the road leading up to the campground, follow the signs until you get to the carparking location;
OR Paste the following into Google maps:
Toilets on the way
To avoid long queues at the portaloos when you get there, please use a public toilet on the way. There are public toilets in Kersbrook, Birdwood, Gumeracha, Mt Pleasant and Williamstown.
- 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.
At the race
There will be a bag drop tent. It will be unsecured and not supervised – bags are left at own risk. Don’t leave valuables at the bag drop tent.
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.
Drink station and refreshments
There will be 4 water stations on the extra-long course (at 11.5km, 17km, 23.5km and 31km), 3 water stations on the long course (at 6km, 12.5km and 20km), 2 water stations along the medium course (at 3.5km, and 11km) and 1 water station along the short course (at 4km).
Bring your own bottle belts or hydration packs, because there will be no cups of water at the drink stations.
There will be water, fruit, and Maurice’s delicious brownies, as well as a commercial coffee van, at the race start/finish. At the drink stations along the course, there will be water and lollies.
Photos, Videos and Results from last year
The Fine Print
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.