Date: Sun, 20 October 2019
- 1 Features
- 2 Cost
- 3 Start times
- 4 Random Draw Prizes
- 5 The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
- 6 Newcomers
- 7 Carpooling Required
- 8 Merchandise
- 9 Key dates
- 10 Cancellations and changes
- 11 Trail Grommets
- 12 Course Map & Closures
- 13 Course Map
- 14 Presentations
- 15 Getting there
- 16 Mandatory gear
- 17 At the race
- 18 Drink station and refreshments
- 19 Photos, Videos and Results from last year
- 20 The Fine Print
Para Wirra Conservation Park north of Adelaide covers 1500 hectares of bush land and is the perfect spot for our last race of the series. The name is translated from the Kaurna language, ‘Para‘ (really Pari) means river, creek or gully. ‘Wirra‘ means forest. So Para Wirra is the forest where a waterway (river or creek) flows. If you love the Waterfull Gully to Mount Lofty hike and are looking for something new, the Devil’s Nose trail will not disappoint! Did you know there was a gold rush at Sandy Creek near the Barossa in the late 1800s? More than 5000 miners poured into the area, extracting about 1400kg of gold before it ran out. Keep an eye out for open mine shafts and the Bowden cottage as the Long and Medium courses wind their way through this historical section. This race has it all with beautiful surroundings, a fast start from the new Gawler View picnic area, some sweet single tracks and some leg working climbs. All three distances will climb up the Devil’s Nose track. With some awesome new picnic, bbq and nature play area facilities why not pack the picnic rug and make it a day out after you finish with friends and family.
- 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.
- 5 water stations along the 25 km course, 3 along the 16 km course and 2 along the 10 km course.
- Random draw prizes.
- Trail Grommets kids race.
- Early bird entry before midnight Sunday, 6th October 2019
- 25 km run: $26
- 16 km run: $21
- 10 km run/walk: $17
- Before bibs are printed midnight Sunday, 13th October 2019
- 25 km run: $33
- 16 km run: $28
- 10 km run/walk: $24
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Friday, 18th of October 2019
- 25 km run: $36
- 16 km run: $31
- 10 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.
- Trail Grommets is free and entry is on the day before 10:00 a.m.
- 25 km run at 7:15 a.m.
- 16 km run at 8:00 a.m.
- 10 km run/walk at 8:45 a.m.
- 2 km kids Trail Grommets at 10:30 a.m.
Random Draw Prizes
Presentations will be at 11:00 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 Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: Mike
- Assistant Race Director: Gary
- 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, 13th October 2019: Get your entry in by midnight to guarantee your name will be printed on your bib.
- Midday (noon) Friday, 18th October 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.
The Trail Grommets race is an untimed fun run (approximately 2kms) for kids between 5 and 14.
We encourage parents and family to either run with their children or get out along the course to cheer the kids on and create a fun and encouraging atmosphere. The kids will get to enjoy the fast downhill section at the start of the race that all three of our other races experience. They then will turn at the bottom of Knob Track and get to follow some sweet single trail back to Lizard Rock that none of our other courses go on. We will have a course marshal at the bottom of Knob Track to ensure everyone turns and follows the course back to the finish line. We will also have a course marshal where the course meets Lizard Rock Nature Trail which is where the Trail Grommets meet up and join our three race courses.
This will be the first time we have held a kids only event at any of our events. We look forward to hopefully seeing more of these events incorporated as part of our Trail Series.
Can I run with my child(ren)?
Parents/caregivers are more than welcome to run with their Trail Grommets! The untimed race is designed to introduce younger children to the joys of trail running and those wishing to share this moment and accompany their children, is encouraged. The bigger question is though, can the parents keep up! Parents do not need to register.
I’m worried my child(ren) will get lost, are there marshals/markings?
All our Trail Grommets courses are extensively marked with uniquely colored (that is different to TRSA events) flagging tape and signage arrows and marshals are deployed to any crucial junctions on the trail to ensure all Trail Kids are kept on course. We also have a lead runner and tail walker (both with mobile phones for contact and basic first aid supplies) to ensure the safety of all Trail Grommets.
How do I register?
Registrations will be open on the day at the registration tent and close at 10:00 a.m. All participants will receive a Race Bib as part of their registration. Remember this is a free event for the children (Parents are free entry to accompany their children).
What time will the run start?
The Trail Grommets free run will start at 10.30 a.m. We encourage you to be at the start line by 10.25 a.m. to ensure you do not miss the start and any information the Race Director for the Devils Nose event needs to share with you.
How can I help/volunteer with this event?
If you can spare time to help us out with our first ever Trail Grommets run then please contact us via our volunteers form at www.trailrunningsa.com/volunteering.
Course Map & Closures
Course maps are at the bottom of this page. The courses will be marked.
Presentations will be at 11:00 a.m.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here. All courses close at 11:00 AM, giving the following cutoff paces:
- 25 km run: closes at 9:30 min/km.
- 16 km run: closes at 11:18 min/km.
- 10 km run/walk: closes at 12:20 min/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.
- Click this link to be taken to the main park gate in google maps.
- Say you’re with TRSA if anyone is there as we have covered park entry fees for everyone. No Payment is required to enter the park.
- Follow Para Wirra Drive around, and past Para Wirra central.
- Parking marshals will direct you where to park. Please follow their instructions as we are not allowed to park cars in certain areas.
- When you arrive at the parking area, you will be directed by volunteer car parking marshals. Please follow their instructions. There will be plenty of parking so please do not be tempted to park on the main roads around the National Park or any other area unless the marshals advise you to do so. If you get bogged and need the Rangers to get you out and they will charge you a fee.
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 One Tree Hill and Kersbrook.
- 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
Bring your own bottle belts or hydration packs (camelbaks), because there will be no cups of water at the drink stations.
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, offering a 50c discount if you bring your own cup.
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.