The 2019 RunNSW Calendar is looking bigger and more exciting than ever with the introduction of the NSW Trail Running Championships set to take place as part of the Elephant Trail Race, held in Port Macquarie.
From 19-21 July, runners of all ages and abilities will tackle the Ultra distances and challenging climbs within the spectacular Cairncross State Forest, just 30minutes drive from Port Macquarie on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW.
Athletics NSW is excited to be bringing the Championship title and a 50% discount off the entry fee to each of its Winter Members in 2019. There is no better time to venture off the track, challenge yourself, and get a taste of the discipline that is continuing to take the running community by a storm.
Three distances will incorporate the NSW state title in 2019: the 25km NSW Trail Running Championships, the 50km NSW Trail Running Championships Ultra Short Course, and the 100km NSW Trail Running Championships Ultra Long Course. All three distances will incorporate the same three entry categories; 18-29yr, 30-49yr and 50+ years. The Elephant Trail also offers a 100km team race and a 13km trail race for those that want to ease their way into the trails with the company of a friend or a slightly shorter distance, and a 100mile race for the seasoned experts looking to tackle an even bigger challenge. There is even a free kids 2.5km race for children 3yrs to 15yrs who want to experience what trail running is about.
Every finisher of each distance will receive a finishers medal upon crossing the line. For the avid trail runners in the ANSW community, it is also an opportunity to gather some UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc) points, as all distances have the prestige of being announced as qualifying races in 2019 (find out more). The NSW Ultra Long Course (100km) is currently only one of a very few -point 100km races taking place in Australia in 2019, with the 50km and 25km races offering up 3 and 1 points respectively.
In its inception in 2018, the Elephant Trail Race had 415 entries over the range of distances, and the multi-directional courses are looking better than ever in 2019. Each course hits the top of Mount Cairncross, passes through Elephant Creek, and has some spectacular views of a number of other National Parks and State Forests in the Region.
There is no shortage of climbs or challenges – it is the perfect opportunity to jump into trail running and tackle the Ultra distances.
Check out the event website here and put it straight on your 2019 Running Calendar! Become an Athletics NSW Member to receive 50% off registration. Read about our memberships here.