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Ultra Trail Gold Coast

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Ultra Trail Gold Coast (previously known as the Nerang State Forest Trail Race, Nerang 100 Miler and 200 Miler) runs from Tuesday, 24 September to Monday, 30 September 2019 with distances from 25km to 500km.

The event is conducted on an accurately measured 25km looped course with 895 metres of elevation gain per loop, based at the Gold Coast Nerang cycling velodrome.

The races form part of the prestigious Asia Trail Master Championship series, are ITRA certified and a qualifier for UTMB and other major events.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


"Perfect course for runners stepping up to greater distances due to the water..."


Kierun D
"I had never used poles before this race but I'm glad I brought them along. The..."
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How to enter the Ultra Trail Gold Coast

  1. 500k

    Run 500km
    AUD $1,350
    Event passed
  2. 325k

    Run 325km
    AUD $900
    Event passed
  3. 175k

    Run 175km
    AUD $450
    Event passed
  4. 100k

    Run 100km
    AUD $225
    Event passed
  5. 50k

    Run 50km
    AUD $125
    Event passed
  6. 25k

    Run 25km
    AUD $70
    Event passed

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Ultra Trail Gold Coast routes

Run course configuration:

    Option 1, 500 kms; 20 full laps,
    Option 2, 325 kms (replacing the 200 miler); 13 full laps,
    Option 3, 175 kms (replacing the old 100 miler); 7 full laps,
    Option 4, 100 kms; 4 full laps,
    Option 5, 50 kms; 2 full laps,
    Option 6, 25 kms; one full 25 km lap.

The 175-325-500 kms events are extreme events.

However, they are achievable by anyone who can run or run/walk 100 kms.

The 500 kms course has 17,900 metres of elevation gain so presents a sizable challenge for most. However, if you approach this sensibly, it is achievable by most runners. It’s all in the pacing. The course lends itself to replenish and recovery every 15 miles (25 kms).

Bring a crew, bring food and bring a tent to take a nap. Break this event down into manageable components and it’s yours for the taking. Perhaps run/walk for 4 laps (100 kms) and take a 3-4 hour break, then repeat the process and so on.

The cut off time is a generous 144 hours and the distances are quite achievable by pretty much all runners/walkers……….. provided you plan it conservatively.

Be mindful that with these events in particular, speed kills. Break it down into manageable portions and become a hero. Or heroine, as the case may be.

Remember the old adage “First you finish, then you finish first.” This saying is especially appropriate for this event. Just finish it in year one, don’t worry one iota about your time and improve on that the following year.

Event Details

What’s Included

Reasons to enter

  • On an accurately measured 25 kms loop, thus afforing maximum safety and ideal opportunities for fluid and energy replacement, crewing and rest for those in the longer events
  • 895 metres of elevation gain each 25 kms loop
  • ITRA certified
  • Qualifier for UTMB and other major events
  • The races form part of the prestigious Asia Trail Master Championship series
  • Within one hour of Brisbane & Gold Coast international airports
  • Accommodation is plentiful within 15 minutes of the race venue
  • Shelter is available for sleeping
  • Camping spots are available
  • Storage facilities for luggage and personal belongings
  • Event options of 25-50-100-175-325-500 kms
  • 4 x 25 kms relay
  • Electronic timing
  • Pewter tankards for finishers in the 100-175-325-500 kms events. Medals for finishers in all events
  • Trophies for 1-2-3 in all events except the 4 x 25 kms relay where each of the members of the winning team will each recaive a trophy
  • Free race singlet
  • Some food for recovery
  • High quality photos available for purchase
Raceday Logistics


Nerang Cycling Velodrome: 1 Hope Street, Nerang, just 1 minute from the M1 motorway

Race start times

    500 km – 06:00 on Tuesday 24 September
    325 km – 06:00 on Thursday 26 September
    175 km, 100 km, and 4 x 25kms relay – 06:00 hrs on Saturday 28 September
    50 km -06:00 on Sunday 29 September.
    25 km -at 07:00 on Sunday.

Bump in: Bump in will be from 2 pm to 5 pm on Monday 23rd September. Marquees should be available from 4 pm.


All in the upper hall at the cycling center.

    500 km – 5 pm to 6 pm on Monday 23rd September
    325 km – 5 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday 25th September
    175 km – 5 pm to 6 pm on Friday 27th September

Briefings for the shorter events will be conducted on the start line

Prizegiving: Will be as soon as practicable after each race. Estimates only

4 x 25 km relay – 4-5:00 p.m. on Saturday

100 kms 6-7:00 p.m. Saturday

25 kms 10 -11:00 a.m. Sunday

50 kms 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Sunday

175-325-500 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. Sunday



Competitors, whether teams or solo are encouraged to bring tents, BBQs, etc. Let’s get a party atmosphere going so as to encourage these heroes running round and round through the night/s. We will supply the music, the rest is BYO. Camping is allowed. Alcohol is not permitted.


For any more information on volunteering please contact the race organiser directly

Email: [email protected]


The cut-off time for all events is 0600 on Monday morning. The maximum time for the 500 km is therefore 144 hours, the 325 km is 96 hours and the 175 km is 48 hours.

Qualifying standard:

As part of the entry process, we are asking entrants to list their 3 major events during the preceding 3 years. We will not be imposing any qualifying standards. However, we will be reserving the right to not accept entries should the applicant be without what we would consider an acceptable standard. By way of indication, we would expect that entrants would have the following experience.
100 km and less, no qualifier required.
175 km – at least one 50 mile event (80 km)
325 km – at least a 100 miler
500 km – at least an event of 250 km
We will contact you immediately after registration to confirm your entry. Should we not be satisfied as to your capability then we will discuss options for a downgrade to a shorter event or refund.

Medical checks:

We will have suitably qualified medical staff at race headquarters 24 hours/day for the duration of the event. Runners in the longer events that is 100-175-325-500 ms will be required to submit for a check before commencing each successive lap. If in the opinion of the medical staff or the race director, they are not fit to continue, they will be withdrawn from the race.


All contestants will receive a commemorative race singlet. All finishers in the 100-175-325-500 will receive a pewter skull tankard. An adhesive backed metal label will be posted out after the race showing the name of the runner, the event completed, the year and the time taken. Finishers in the 25 and 50 km events will receive a medallion.

Special gear:

A head torch and spare batteries for those in the longer events is essential. It is recommended that you carry a space blanket, mobile phone, and whistle in case of emergency. Please have a jacket, beanie, and gloves for night time use as it can turn quite cold overnight.

Mobile phones:

We recommend that you carry a mobile phone for emergency purposes. However, the signal in the forest is intermittent and will rapidly drain the battery. To avoid flattening the battery prematurely we recommend that you leave the phone turned off and only turn it on as and when required.

Prize giving: Will be as soon as practicable after each race. Estimates only

    4 x 25 km relay – 4-5:00 p.m. on Saturday
    100 km 6-7:00 p.m. Saturday
    25 km 10 -11:00 a.m. Sunday
    50 km 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Sunday
    175-325-500 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Let’s all try and hang around and make this special for these very courageous athletes.

Aid stations: 

The main station will be at the start/finish only, accessible at the completion of each 25 km loop. The aid station will carry water, Hammer Nutrition rehydration sports drink (you also need electrolyte replacement, water alone is not enough), snacks and sunscreen. The aid station will provide limited food. Runners are advised to carry hydration packs (small is okay) and energy replacement sufficient to last for the entire 25 km loop. We will have two water tables on course, one at Diana McKenzie corner (accessed both out and back), the other at the northern corner, to enable top-up. Maximum spacing between water stops is approximately 6 km.

Ultra Trail Gold Coast weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

Meet the organizer

Gold Coast Ultras was established by former ultra runner, Ian Cornelius, upon his return from New Zealand in 2002. The Australian 100 km championships had ceased to be held as a dedicated race from 1998 and Ian re-established this race as a dedicated race in 2003. He acted as race director for Kurrawa to Duranbah from 1999 while still in NZ and took over the ownership of that race in 2002.

Ultra Trail Gold Coast reviews (2)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Challenging course

  • Did the 325k in 2018

    Perfect course for runners stepping up to greater distances due to the water station close proximity , aid station and support crew every 25kms. This really sets up for a solid foundation to make sure you finish well. Bonus is its really well makes and pretty much impossible to take a wrong turn
  • Did the 325k in 2018

    I had never used poles before this race but I'm glad I brought them along. The first couple loops seem fine without them but in time you will wish you had them. Helpful hint would be to bring your bat and balls and be ready to play.