Welcome to the Trail Running SA 2018 Series!
Challenge yourself this winter with this series of five events. Explore beautiful trails through native scrub and pine forests, beside creeks and on top of the hills, in the fresh air amongst a friendly community with a welcoming atmosphere for all. Located in and around Adelaide, these races showcase SA winter running at it’s very best.
The series includes short, medium and long course races to cater for a wide range of runners. Those of all abilities and experience levels are invited with prizes for top place getters, and special awards for those demonstrating the spirit of trail running.
Points will be allocated to the competitors based on their place within each Age Group for each course in the day’s event. You will win points no matter which distance you run in each event. The longer the course, the more points could be earned.
In a change from previous years, your 4 best results from the 5 races will count.
Age categories are calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2018.
Points will also be allocated in a separate Gender points tally.
Competitors are automatically entered into both Age Group and Gender.
Click here for Age Group points standings after Race 2 (Sturt Gorge)
Click here for Male and Female points standings after Race 2 (Sturt Gorge)
The events for 2018 are:
Mt Misery – Sunday 13 May 2018
(24km, 16km, 8km)
Sturt Gorge – Sunday 17 June 2018
(20km, 12km, 6km)
Kuitpo Forest – Sunday 05 August 2018
(26km, 16km, 10km)
The Mt Crawford Challenge – Sunday 09 September 2018
(31km, 22km, 13km)
The Devil’s Nose – Sunday 07 October 2018 – distances TBC
Track your progress throughout the series!
This race passes through a really majestic landscape of rugged, thickly wooded hills and valleys, with sweeping views of the Mt Lofty Ranges and the Adelaide plains. Most of the course is on fire access tracks which are hilly but easy going underfoot, but the longer courses include a steep and challenging deviation over the summit of Mt Misery (528m). So you can enjoy this event either as a serious race or as a casual fun run.
Incorporating the multi-use Craigburn Farm and Sturt Gorge trails, the first race of the series has three awesome and varied courses, which take runners on beautifully designed and constructed single track, along river trails, and up high with fantastic views. The most “technically challenging” race of the series.
This event will take participants through an amazing mix of scenic pine plantations and native bush – be prepared to see parts of Kuitpo Forest that you have not seen before. You will run along wide forestry roads mixed with plenty of single track meandering through the forest. Be on the lookout for Kangaroos and Wallabies who love to chill out in the shade. The medium and long course will for the first time venture into Kyeema Conservation Park, experiencing spectacular native bush that is virtually untouched.
The Mt Crawford course goes mainly along broad tracks through native woodlands and pine plantations. One section has splendid views over surrounding country, and another goes along a boardwalk through a swamp. The longer courses also take in the beautiful Watts Gully native forest reserve and Warren Conservation park. This race is the longest in the series.
The details for The Devil’s Nose are still being worked out. Stay tuned!
Trophies will be awarded for top three male and female place-getters in each age group category for the series, and for the top three male and female overall. The age groups are (for both male and female):
U15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.
Your age will be taken as at 1st January 2018.
The points for each age group and the overall tally will be awarded as follows:
- Extra-Long course (Mt Crawford only – Bonus round)
- Position 1: 44 points
- Position 2: 40 points
- Position 3: 36 points
- Position 4: 32 points
- Position 5: 28 points
- Position 6: 24 points
- Position 7: 20 points
- Position 8: 16 points
- Position 9: 12 points
- Position 10: 8 points
- 11 onward: 4 points
- Long course
- Position 1: 33 points
- Position 2: 30 points
- Position 3: 27 points
- Position 4: 24 points
- Position 5: 21 points
- Position 6: 18 points
- Position 7: 15 points
- Position 8: 12 points
- Position 9: 9 points
- Position 10: 6 points
- 11 onward: 3 points
- Medium course
- Position 1: 22 points
- Position 2: 20 points
- Position 3: 18 points
- Position 4: 16 points
- Position 5: 14 points
- Position 6: 12 points
- Position 7: 10 points
- Position 8: 8 points
- Position 9: 6 points
- Position 10: 4 points
- 11 onward: 2 points
- Short course
- Position 1: 11 points
- Position 2: 10 points
- Position 3: 9 points
- Position 4: 8 points
- Position 5: 7 points
- Position 6: 6 points
- Position 7: 5 points
- Position 8: 4 points
- Position 9: 3 points
- Position 10: 2 points
- 11 onward: 1 point
- You must compete in at least two out of five events to qualify for overall series prizes.
- You are allowed to run a combination of long, medium and short courses in the series. Your overall placing will be based on the total number of points you have earned irrespective of which course you entered. For example, you could do 2 short courses, 1 medium and 1 long course.
- The points counted will be from the 4 races that awarded you the most points.
- For events in which there are only two courses then points will be awarded for long and short courses only.
- The age group place-getters will be the person with the most points. In the case of a tie, the award will be given to the person who was awarded the most points in the longest race where both people participated.
- The overall Male and Female place-getters (Gender) will be removed from the Age Group points, and will not be awarded Age Group trophies.
The points will be allocated as soon as possible after each event and will be available on the TRSA website, with the exception of the last event where these will be published after the end of season awards barbeque.
Special awards are also up for grabs!
- Best navigation stuff ups. Celebrate in the adventure of being lost!
- Best dressed. Have some fun with this and beat the emu from the 2016 Mt Misery event!
- Most humorous photo. Put on a show for the camera.
Trophies will be presented at a end of season awards barbeque after the last race. Photos, videos, anecdotes and guest speakers will enhance the evening.
Caring for the trails
In keeping with TRSA policy, you will be required to provide your own drink container as cups will not be provided at drink stations. A small amount of soft water bottles will be available for purchase on event days for those who have not brought a drink container.
Lastly, please respect the trails. We are privileged to have such stunning places to run. Let’s keep them that way. Remember to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but memories.
Click here for last year’s final Age Group points standings
Click here for last year’s final Gender points standings