Date: Sun, 11 October 2020
Please note, due to the current Covid-19 situations, we will be opening the Devil’s Nose 2 weeks before the event date. Entries will be capped to ensure that we are able to put on a safe event and follow our Covid-safe plan.
Para Wirra Conservation Park north of Adelaide covers 1500 hectares of bush land and is the perfect spot for our next event. 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 the log course taking the most challenging steep way up.
- Magnificent scenery, beautifully designed and constructed trails, kangaroos, koalas, emus and other birds.
- 3 courses.
- Medals for 1st 3 male & female runners in each event.
Please note, the Activeworks booking fee will be charged on-top of the prices below. In the event of a cancellation due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund of the prices below only.
- Before bibs are printed midnight Wednesday 30th September 2020
- 25 km run: $35
- 16 km run: $30
- 10 km run/walk: $25
- Before entries close Midday (noon) Thursday 8th October 2020
- 25 km run: $35
- 16 km run: $30
- 10 km run/walk: $25
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult): $12. For Trail Running SA’s policy for under 18’s click here.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be utilising start waves for each event. The outright race groups (those aiming for a top 20 gender finish) will set off first with waves of ~60 people every 5 minutes.
- 25 km run at 7:00 a.m.
- 16 km run at 7:45 a.m.
- 10 km run/walk at 8:30 a.m.
Random Draw Prizes
Trail Running SA members will be eligible for the following random draw prizes, to be drawn randomly the day before the event, for collection on the day of the event. 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:
- TRSA: 3 x $59 voucher for TRSA merchandise, 3x TRSA Trucker hats, 1 x TRSA tech band.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: Justin Parise
- Assistant Race Director: Cherie Rothery and Peter Grigg
- COVID Marshall: TBA
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.
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 2020.
- Wednesday 30th September: Get your entry in by midnight to guarantee your name will be printed on your bib.
- Thursday 8th October: Entries close at midday. There will be no race-day registrations.
Cancellations and changes
If you need to cancel or amend your entry, please head over to our FAQ page and fill out the relevant form.
TRSA will give a full refund to anyone who:
- is not feeling well on the day of the event, in particular has a fever of >37.99; or
- has had any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the 14 days before the event;
- has had contact with anyone who is sick (symptomatic) in the 14 days before the event;
- has been tested for Covid-19 and are awaiting results of the test;
- has traveled within the past 14 days to any international location or any interstate location to which the SA boarders are closed.
Please stay home and request a refund through the cancellation form by no later than midday Sunday 11th October.
Course GPX (map)
Presentations will not take place to encourage social distancing.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here. All courses close at 11:30 AM, giving the following cut-off paces:
- 25 km run: closes at 10:12 min/km.
- 16 km run: closes at 12:12 min/km.
- 10 km run/walk: closes at 15:00 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, past Para Wirra central, until you get to Scenic Drive
- Turn left on Oval Track to get to the Gawler View Picnic Area
- 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 not be a drop bag tent at this event. Participants are encouraged to leave all non-essential items in their cars.
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.
There will be first-aiders in attendance. If in need of serious first aid whilst on the course please ring the first-aid number on 0491 017 636 (this number is also printed on your bib). In an emergency, ring 000. For cuts and other minor treatment please see the first-aiders in the start / finishing area.
Drink station and refreshments
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to offer food or drink at this year’s event. Please make sure that you have enough water in your hydration option whilst out on course and for when you finish.
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.