Registration / Check In
The Registration / Check in will be at Noosa District Sports Complex. It will be open as follows:
- Thursday 21st 1pm – 5pm
- Friday 22nd 9am – 7pm
Late Check In on Saturday will be available mainly for runners in the Forest 15 and Pomona Sundowner 30. Runners in the Cross Country 25 can only check in on Saturday with prior approval which will not be unreasonably withheld. EARLY starters in the 25km who possibly get delayed can move to the LATE start groups and later bus transfer times to avoid stress!
A place to stay – If you’re visiting Noosa make sure you have booked your accommodation well in advance. Noosa is a popular place hence it’s smart to plan ahead!
Parking and Transport
For those with family or friends wishing to see the beautiful Hinterland and meet you at a Checkpoint on the course there will be limited designated and street parking around the venue. There’s lots to explore so head to Pomona and have a coffee or check out Lake McDonald and the Botanic Gardens!
Mandatory Gear is now a regular part of ultra trail events. This is an event based on minimalist requirements however due to the nature of trail running particularly in forests and parks there are always potential obstacles or hazards.
Hence all competitors in the Ultra Events deemed Ultra (anything over 42.2km) being the 50km, 80km and 100km must carry gear at all times. As Athlete Safety and Welfare is at the core of our principles – No mandatory gear means no start.
Mandatory Gear is as follows:
- Mobile Phone
- Rain Jacket (if rain is predicted)
- Water / Electrolyte and Nutrition
- Compression Bandage
For those racing the Hinterland traverse 80km and Ultra-Trail® 100km, additional items include:
- Approved hi-vis vest that complies with Australian Standard
- Thermal top subject to conditions
Those competing in the 30km, 25km or 15km should only need to carry sufficient fluid or nutrition as required.
Make sure you have appropriate clothing for the conditions such as sunscreen and a hat or visor if it is hot and wet weather gear if rain is forecast. Luckily the month of March is usually warm so there should be no need for thermals !
Race Number and Timing
This should be attached to the front of your shirt. There will be a no shirt – no race policy.
Fluid and Nutrition
There will be aid stations and water stations along the routes. Carry whatever you decide you need. Our electrolyte partner is Tailwind.
If you are looking for local Trail Running Groups to train with send us an email and we can help put you in touch with some great people. The Noosa Ultra & Trail Runners (NUTRs) are the local trail specialists in Noosa.
If you are seeking remedial or sports massage treatment prior to the event contact Glo Personal Training & Massage via the following email: [email protected]
Athlete Information Guide
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Race Day Information
Race briefings will be held 10 minutes prior to the start of all events. It is compulsory for you to attend your race briefing. It will include any course changes, weather alerts or event day issues.
For those competing in the Cross Country 25 your race briefing will be at the start at Twin Hill Views Lookout. Similarly for those in the Pomona Sundowner 30 your briefing will be at the start at Stan Topper Park in Pomona.
For all events we use disposable timing transponders which are attached to the back of your race bib.
There are multiple timing mats along the route meaning your family and friends can track your progress.
Information / Gear Tent / Lost Property
This will be open from 5am at Noosa District Sports Complex and will accept any excess gear you have (sweaters, jackets). Your bag must have the numbered tag provided to you at Check In. The Gear Tent will close at 11pm. Any gear left behind will be able to be collected at Noosa District Sports Complex on Sunday from 9am – 12pm. Any gear not collected by 12pm will be given to local charities.
Note: There is no Gear Tent at the 25km or 30km Start lines.
Start Line Facilities
There are a range of facilities available at Noosa District Sports Complex including toilets. Twin Hills View Lookout has only toilets.
Download Venue Map
Tea / Coffee
Each participant in the morning events is given a ‘Happy Spouse Happy House’ Tea or Coffee voucher which can be redeemed from 5.30am – 2.30pm at the First Batch coffee van at Noosa District Sports Complex.
Food & Beverages
There will be a range of food vendors as well as a licensed bar area in the venue. The Tewantin shopping centre is a 15 minute walk ( 1.5km) with a whole range of shops
Transport – Shuttle Bus or Noosa Ferry
During the online registration process, athletes can pre purchase vouchers for themselves and family members for on the day transport.
The shuttle bus will operate from 4.30am and shuttle ferry 5.30am on Saturday morning departing from Noosa Heads. These will take athletes and their family / friends from the main accommodation hubs of Noosa Heads and Noosaville to the Noosa Marina and the Start / Finish at Noosa District Sport Complex. Those taking the Ferry can either walk the 2km (20 minutes) to Noosa District Sport Complex or wait for the Shuttle Bus.
The last Ferry will depart Noosa Marina at 5.15pm and the last shuttle bus will depart Tewantin at 10pm and arrive in Noosa Heads at approximately 10.30pm.
Download Transport Map
Parking / Drop Off
There are over 1,000 car parking spaces in residential streets within 10 minutes ( 1km) walk of the Noosa District Sports Complex.
Street signage will be displayed showing the 3 Street Parking Zones – North, East and South.
There will be limited designated and street parking around the venue. There’s lots to explore so head to Pomona for coffee or lunch see the beautiful Hinterland – or meet your runner at a Checkpoint on the course and check out locations such Lake MacDonald and the Botanic Gardens!!
Download Spectator Viewing Map
25km Competitors – MUST READ
There is no parking or access to the start at Twin Hills View Lookout. All competitors must catch the shuttle bus from Noosa District Sport Complex.
Bus departure times commence from 6.15am (if buses are full before the designated time they will depart). DO NOT MISS THE BUS.
There are 2 groupings for bus departure times 6.15am – 6.50am for EARLY STARTERS and 7.30am – 7.45am for LATE STARTERS.
DROP Bags (50km, 80km & 100KM runners only)
These will be at your designated Checkpoints – either CP2 (23km) or CP4 for 80km and 100km runners. Drop bags should be handed in at Check In. They will be packed Friday night into vans.
Bags should be in the accepted style (Insulated Square Shopping Bags and clearly numbered, named and labelled CP2 or CP4).CP2 drop bags will be available for collection from 3pm at Noosa District Sport Complex. CP4 drop bags will be available on Sunday 9am-12pm at Noosa District Sport Complex.
Checkpoints and Medical / Aid Stations
There will be a total of 6 Checkpoints on the 100km course, 5 Checkpoints on the 80km course, 3 Checkpoints on the 50km course and 1 checkpoint on the 30km, 25km and 15km courses.
At each checkpoint there will be water, Tailwind Nutrition and a range of fruit and snacks (there will be no food at Checkpoint 1).
There will be toilet facilities at all Checkpoints except CP1 and CP “M” (the new CP for 100km in Woondum National Park). Athletes in the 50km, 80km and 100km must bring their own fluid and nutrition as specified in the Mandatory Gear Lists.
There will be rubbish bins provided however all athletes are expected to take all their rubbish with them.
Given the time of year there are additional water stations along some sections of the courses between checkpoints.
Refer to course maps for details.
Due to the nature of the Noosa Trail Network the event will be on ‘open roads’.
There are several road crossings that will be either fully supervised by accredited traffic management personnel or by self crossing points at low traffic areas.
It is every runners responsibility to ensure they comply with race rules and exhibiting caution when either crossing over roads or running on road shoulders.
Cut off times
Sunrise is at 5.53am and sunset 5.54pm with darkness descending around 6.30pm. Athlete Safety is our No.1 priority and we want to bring the majority of the field home before dark! Please refer to the individual event pages for specific cut off times.
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Post race information
The Finish Area for all events is at Noosa District Sport Complex.
Download Venue Map
There will be a number of catering facilities for spectators and friends to enjoy as well as an outdoor café set up on the playing field.
For a wider selection of food offerings people can stroll into Tewantin (only 10 minutes walk) should they be seeking more facilities or services. There will be shower facilities at the Noosa Pirates Rugby League Club for those wishing to freshen up and change clothes.
Massage services will be available – 15 minutes for $20
The first runners are expected to finish at the following times:
- 15km – First Male 9.10am
- First Female 9.20am
- 25km – First Male 9.45am
- First Female 10am
- 50km – First Male 11am
- First Female 11.30am
- 80km First Male 2.00pm
- First Female 3.00pm
- 30km First Male – 4.15pm
- First Female – 4.20pm
- 100km First Male – 4pm
- First Female – 5pm
Prize Giving Schedule (Approximate Times – 10 minutes after 3rd place )
- 15km – 10am
- 25km – 11am
- 50km – 1pm
- 80km – 4pm
- 100km – 5pm
There will be a finish line photographer and photographers on course to capture your trail and finish line experience and memory of your achievement.
Random Draw Prizes
There will be a number of random draw prizes after each Prize Giving Schedule with prizes given only if the person is in attendance
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Trail / Race Rules & Safety
At the core of the Noosa Ultra Trail event mantra is both Athlete Experience and athlete safety.
Course Signage and Markings
For a large part of each course runners will follow the established Noosa Trail Network trails.
Each course will be clearly marked with sign boards, colour coding and arrows at junctions or key locations.
- Forest 15 – Green
- Cross Country 25 – Yellow
- Pomona Sundowner 30 – Orange
- Out N Back 50 – Royal Blue
- Hinterland Traverse 80 – Silver
- Ultra-Trail® 100 – Black
In addition where necessary the trail will be highlighted with pink ribbons and reflective tape.
The Noosa Ultra-Trail® takes place in the Hinterland weaving its way on roads, paths, tracks and trails through forests, residential areas and pasture lands.
It is the responsibility of each runner to ensure their own safety as they navigate their way along each course.
Runners in the 50km, 80km and 100km must carry mandatory gear.
Being in autumn the weather is still expected to be warm and humid so consumption of sufficient water, electrolyte and nutrition is important.
Each runner should carry a mobile phone and the emergency number for Race Director will be provided.
As this event is only in its third year some of the trails will be new terrain for many runners. Although there are no steep mountainous climbs there are still some technical sections requiring careful navigation particularly slopes around creek crossings.
As well some of the areas have experienced deforestation with earthworks and unsure footing part of the trail network.
As an established Trail Network caution needs to be observed along many sections particularly along dirt roads, beside people’s homes and for some the presence of cows and gates! There will be other users on the day including walkers, mountain bike riders, possibly motor bikes and even horses.
The most important element of this event is to show caution at every road crossing and be alert to motor vehicle traffic along dirt or bitumen roads.
Each section will have a designated Trail Marker who is in radio communication with the 2 event hubs in Tewantin and Pomona.
There will be qualified medical personnel at each checkpoint. There will be qualified medical personnel around the entire course and at several checkpoints. In the event of a medical emergency and you are the first on the scene the following protocol needs to be followed:
1. First on Scene
If you are first on the scene stop and assist the person in need. Establish their name and if required phone for help on the EMERGENCY NUMBER. Give details of the situation, the race number of the person injured or distressed and your approximate location.
2. Stay and Support
If required stay with the runner until the Trail Trooper or medical support arrives. The maximum distance from each checkpoint is 11km.
Download the attached PDF to view the race rules
With COVID-19 now a part of our daily lives we will be employing appropriate COVID – 19 policies as stipulated by the Queensland Government.
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FAMILY & FRIENDS VIEWING LOCATIONS
We encourage your family and friends to go out on course and watch.
Here is a map showing access routes and as well as viewing points for your runner.
Download Spectator Viewing map
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