Five Peaks SA Trail Running Festival

Explore some of South Australia’s best trails in the Mt Lofty Ranges.

Sunday 5 May, 2024

Five Peaks is a multi-distance event and includes our only ultra-marathon course. It traverses the Adelaide Hills, starting in Athelstone at the foot of Black Hill Conservation Park and finishes in Belair National Park.

Following the well-known Yurrebilla Trail, we’ve thrown in a few diversions including the iconic Mount Lofty Summit. Whilst it may be called Five Peaks, there are definitely more than five hills!

You’ll travel through spectacular native bushland, open fire trails and technical single track, and be rewarded with spectacular views.

The event caters to runners of varying abilities with 58 km, 26 km, 17 km and 10 km distances. To help newcomers, we also offer three social runs along the course before the event.

Expect a great day out on the trails, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, a well-supported event and a fantastic finishing hub at the end of the course.

Race features

  • Breathtaking views
  • A mixture of single-track, fire trail, road and sealed surfaces
  • Knowledgeable and experienced volunteer crews
  • Disco tunnel in Belair National Park
  • Drink stations and nutrition
  • Finisher medals for 58 km runners
  • World-famous brownies
  • Member-only random draw
  • UTMB® Index and ITRA points event

UTMB® Index and ITRA events

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The Five Peaks 58 km and 26 km events are UTMB® Index races and ITRA National Challenge events.

The 58km distance will attract 3 ITRA points and the 26km distance 1 point.

Find out more.

Race description

Distances and maps

Ultra – 58 km – View Course
Long – 26 km- View Course
Medium – 17 km- View Course
Short – 10 km- View Course

Quick links

Index-50K
Index-20K
3 points
1 point itra

Early-bird

58km – $80

26km – $45

17km – $30

10km – $25

(Until 29 February 2024 at 11.59 pm)

Standard

58km – $85

26km – $50

17km – $35

10km – $30

(Until 2 May 2024 at 5.00 pm)

Kids U15

58km – $45

26km – $25

17km – $20

10km – $15

(Until 2 May at 5.00 pm)

* Want your name on your bib? You must enter by 5.00 pm Thursday 18 April.

Your entry fees cover:

  • Winners’ trophies
  • Electronic timing
  • First aid attendants on course and at finish area
  • A variety of food and hydration at drink stations and finish area
  • Free photography and videography
  • Free parking in Belair National Park
  • All fees and costs associated with the event

Insurance

It is up to you to ensure that you have adequate insurance in place should you suffer a medical episode or emergency. Personal insurance is not covered by your entry fees. Read our insurance information.

Entry fees and closing dates

You must enter by the final closing time on Thursday 2 May at 5pm

We do not accept late entries for our events.

Start times

58km ultra-marathon

  • Wave 1: 6.00 am (finish times 9 – 11 hours)
  • Wave 2: 7.00 am (finish times 8 – 10 hours)
  • Wave 3: 8.00 am (finish times under 8 hours)


26km run:
 Noon

17km run: 12.45 pm

10km run/walk: 1.30 pm

Course closures

All runners/walkers must cross the finish line by 5:30 pm or receive a DNF. The following paces apply:

  • 58 km runners 6:00 am starters: 11:40/km
  • 58 km runners 7:00 am starters: 10:30/km
  • 58 km runners 8:00 am starters: 9:30/km
  • 26 km runners: 12:00/km
  • 17 km runners: 14:30/km
  • 10 km runners/walkers: 20:00/km


C
utoff times will be strictly enforced at McElligotts Quarry.

  • 58 km runners 6:00 am starters must arrive by 3.30 pm
  • 58 km runners 7:00 am starters must arrive by 3.35 pm
  • 58 km runners 8:00 am starters must arrive by 3.45 pm
  • 26 km runners must arrive by 3.30 pm
  • 17 km runners must arrive by 3.00 pm
  • 10 km runners/walkers: N/A


If you arrive at McElligott’s Quarry after these times you will be stopped by a TRSA official. Your time will be recorded as DNF (did-not-finish). We will provide you with a lift back to the finish line, or you can call someone else to pick you up.

View our policy and methodology for determining course closures and cutoffs.

Selecting your wave/event

58 km runners will need to nominate a wave.

Drink stations and timing points open at set times. If you start in the wrong wave and arrive before opening times you will be held until they are open.

  1. To be eligible for a trophy, you must enter the 8.00 am wave.
  2. If you are likely to cover the first 18km through to Norton Summit in less than 1 hr 45 min, you should start in the 8.00 am wave.
  3. If you are a slower 7.00 am runner, we strongly recommend that you start in the 6.00 am wave.
  4. If you are a slower 26 km runner we strongly recommend you consider starting in the 17 km distance.

IMPORTANT: You must choose the correct wave. If you have run the event before, search your previous finish results and use them as a guide. Results for all previous Five Peaks events can be found on the Event Strategies website, by typing “Five Peaks” into the Search Box in the right-hand column called All Race Results.

Changing your wave or distance

If you wish to change your wave or distance and still want your name printed on your bib, you must change it by 18 April 2024.

Other changes can be made up until 5pm on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Last-minute changes on the day can be made at the registration desk of your preferred event distance start area.

Walkers

Welcome! You may take part in the 10 km event only. This is to ensure you are back safely and accounted for by our course closure time.

Race information

Mandatory and recommended gear

Mandatory:

  • We are cup-free. You must bring your own hydration vessel
  • All 6.00 am starters must have a head torch or similar (mobile phone not acceptable)
  • Mobile phone

Highly recommended:

  • Basic first aid supplies eg thermal blanket, elastic bandage, band aids/blister pack
  • Appropriate layers or a rain jacket

Google Maps start and finish locations

58 km start line: Foxfield Oval, Athelstone

26 km start line: Cleland Conservation Park, Long Ridge Track

17 km start line: Mt Barker Road (walk down drive into paddock)

10 km start line: McElligott’s Quarry aid station

Finish line: Main Oval, Belair National Park

Five Peaks social gathering

We’re changing this up a little this year, moving the date out so you’ve got time to try out our tips and tricks well before Five Peaks.

If you’re running any of our events this year, you’ll find our speakers motivating and informative.

Join us at The Run House in Norwood on Sunday 7 April, 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm. Bookings will be essential.

Before the race

Training runs

We hold a series of social training runs for Five Peaks. View our facebook page for details.

Run 1: Foxfield to Norton – 28 Jan 2024 | View course
Run 2: Norton to Cleland – 10 Mar 2024 | View course
Run 3: Cleland to Belair – 7 April 2024 | View course

Drop bags

Drop bags for the 58 km and 26 km events can be left at both start locations.

Drop bags must be clearly labelled with the following:

  • Full name
  • Destination (Coach Road for 58 km only and finish line for 58 km and 26 km participants)


Items that need to remain dry should be placed in zip lock or dry bags. Seal all food containers in the bags to prevent ants from getting in. 

All drop bags will be returned to the finish line once the Coach Road drink station has closed. Drop bags that remain after the conclusion of the event may be thrown away if they contain food.

Drink stations

DS 1 (6.55 to 9:20 am) – Chapman’s Track (9km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

DS 2 (8:05 to 11:00 am) – Norton Summit (18km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Lollies, Chips, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

DS 3 (9:00 am to 12.15 pm) – Coach Rd (25.5km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Lollies, Chips, Potatoes, Coke, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

DS 4 (9:45 am – 1:15 pm) – Mount Lofty Summit (32km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Lollies, Chips, Coke, Brownies, Vegemite Scrolls, Finger Buns, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

DS 5 (10:50 am – 2:55 pm) – Mount Barker Rd (42km / 9.5km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Lollies, Chips, Coke, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

DS 6 (11:40 am – 3:55 pm) – McElligott’s Quarry (49km / 16km / 6.9km) – Watermelon, Bananas, Lollies, Chips, Coke, Brownies, Water and Infinit Speed Orange sports drink.

Finish line – EVERYTHING + options to purchase coffee and food.

Timing procedures

Learn about our race bibs and timing procedures.

Course marking

Learn about our course marking and what to look out for.

Car parking

There is plenty of parking around Foxfield Oval and Belair National Park.

Volunteers, supporters, family and friends arriving at Belair

Go to the Belair National Park main entrance. Let them know you are with TRSA for free entry.

Please follow the signs and directions of volunteer traffic marshals.

Parking around the main oval is reserved for committee members, official TRSA supporters and volunteers.

We have reserved plenty of parking spaces just a short walk from the Main Oval for family and friends.

Bus transport to start lines

Buses leave from the car park adjacent to the Belair National Park Holiday Park and travel to all start lines.

  • 58km (6.00 am start) bus departs at 4.45 am
  • 58km (7.00 am start) bus departs at 5.45 am
  • 58km (8.00 am start) bus departs at 6.45 am
  • 26km bus departs at 10.45 am
  • 17km bus departs at 11.45 am
  • 10km bus departs at 12.30 pm


Tickets cost $17
 and can be booked as you enter or later by amending your registration. Bus tickets are non-refundable.

At the race

Bib pickup

Bib numbers are normally assigned 2-days prior to an event.

You must pick up your electronic timing bibs at the event. Please allow at least 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

Race briefing

The race briefing will be uploaded here.

Results

Preliminary results are available shortly after you’ve crossed the finish line.

Race photos and video

Photos and our amazing videos are uploaded to our Facebook page shortly after each event.

A range of TRSA merchandise is available. Visit our shop.

Our supporter ioMerino is our official supplier of 2024 Five Peaks merchandise. Head to the ioMerino website.

Merchandise

Placegetters for each event will receive a medal. Medal presentations will be shortly after the arrival of the 3rd placed male & female runner in each event.

The members-only random draw will take place at approximately 3.30 pm You must be present or still on-course to receive your prize.

Prizes and random draw

We are a 100% volunteer-led club. Show your support – volunteer and be part of the fun!

Put up your hand and we’ll be in touch.

Volunteering

Join our Trail Running SA Lounge on Facebook and ask the trail community your question.

Contact one of our volunteers if you still can’t find the answer to your question.

Key contacts

  • Race Director: Alison Fenton
  • Assistant Race Directors: Lesley Magill, Andy Syed
  • Referee: Michael Tagell

The fine print

In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA Conditions of Entry.

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