Date: Sun, 12 May 2019
- 1 Features
- 2 Cost
- 3 Random Draw & Presentations
- 4 The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
- 5 Start times
- 6 Newcomers
- 7 Carpooling Required
- 8 Parking at the event
- 9 Trail Running SA Sponsors
- 10 Media
- 11 Key dates
- 12 Cancellations and changes
- 13 Merchandise
- 14 Course Map & Closures
- 15 Mandatory gear
- 16 At the race
- 17 Drink station and refreshments
- 18 Photos, Videos and Results from last year
- 19 The Fine Print
The Sturt Gorge event is the first race in the 2019 TRSA series, although you don’t need to be a series competitor to enter – all are welcome.
The event incorporates the multi-use Craigburn Farm and Sturt Gorge trails. We have designed three awesome and varied courses, which takes runners on beautifully designed and constructed single track, along river trails, and up high with fantastic views.
- Magnificent scenery, beautifully designed and constructed trails, kangaroos, koalas, birds
- Trophies for 1st 3 male & female runners in each event.
- 3 water stations along the 19 km course and 1 along the 14 km course.
- Random draw prizes.
- Earlybird entry before midnight Sunday, 28th of April,2019
- 19 km run: $26
- 14 km run: $21
- 6 km run/walk: $17
- Before bibs are printed midnight Sunday, 5th of May, 2019
- 19 km run: $33
- 14 km run: $28
- 6 km run/walk: $24
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Friday, 10th of May, 2019
- 19 km run: $36
- 14 km run: $31
- 6 km run/walk: $27
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult) – discount applies to all events: $16
- For Trail Running SA’s policy for under 18’s click here.
Random Draw & Presentations
Presentations will be at around 10:45 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 Sponsors: 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 Mt. Misery.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: David
- Assistant Race Director: Adam
- Safety coordinator: Pauline
We rely on a volunteer committee of 18 members 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!
- 19 km run will be in two waves:
- 8.00 a.m (faster runners and outright racers)
- 8:10 a.m (slower runners)
- 14 km run will be in two waves:
- 8:30 a.m (faster runners and outright racers)
- 8:40 a.m (slower runners)
- 6 km run/walk will be in two waves:
- 9:00 a.m (faster runners and outright racers)
- 9:10 a.m (slower runners and walkers.
- 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 reach out 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 in Trail Running in SA 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.
We recommend the Woolworths carpark (on Corromandel Parade, immediately South of the main Blackwood roundabout) for carpooling in order to get passengers or pick up lifts.
Parking at the event
We have secured access to Craigburn Rd beyond the national parks gate for event parking. Please continue along Craigburn Rd past the Blackwood Football Club and you will be directed where to park by volunteer marshals. Please follow their instructions. There will be plenty of parking along this road so don’t be tempted to park at an earlier location -we don’t want to wear out our welcome with residents in the area. There is strictly NO PARKING in the St Peters Lutheran School/Church car park. For an easy google map directions straight to the the first car parking marshal, click here – Follow their instructions from there.
The Craigburn road parking area is between 600m and 1.3km from the start depending on where you park. Please allow up to 20 minutes to walk from your park to the start/finish area.
Trail Running SA Sponsors
Many thanks to our sponsors for their support and generous contributions to the random draw prize pool: Form Physiotherapy, Suunto, ioMerino, b3 massage & movement, Salomon, Groovy Gaitors and The Running Company.
- Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2019.
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. You can order online for pickup at the event. There will also be limited stock available at the event.
Course Map & Closures
Course maps are at the bottom of this page. The courses will be marked.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here. All courses close at 11:10am, giving the following cutoff paces:
- 19 km run: closes at 9:16min/km
- 14 km run: closes at 10:30min/km
- 6 km run / walk: closes at 19:48min/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 cutoff paces above.
The start location is the Blackwood football club.
There are toilets located at the start.
- 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 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
Bring your own bottle belts or hydration packs (camelbaks), because there will be no cups of water at the drink stations. For those who forget to bring water containers, soft bottles (at $3.50 each) and small plastic bottles of spring water (at 50c each) will be available for sale at the bib pick-up table. If you have no money on you, take a small bottle and pay later. Whatever happens, ensure that you have a water container with you.
There will be water, fruit, crisps and Maurice’s delicious brownies. John from The Coffee Run will be there to with his usual coffee van. Please bring cash as EFTPOS facilities won’t be available on the day.
Photos, Videos and Results from last year
- Photos and Videos
The Fine Print
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.