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Ultra Trail Gold Coast

Tue 24th Sep 2019 • by Gold Coast Ultras
Nerang, Queensland, AU

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What you need to know

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.

Distances in this event

  1. 500k

    Run 500km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $1,200
    Entry Closed
  2. 325k

    Run 325km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $800
    Entry Closed
  3. 175k

    Run 175km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $400
    Entry Closed
  4. 100k

    Run 100km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $200
    Entry Closed
  5. 50k

    Run 50km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $110
    Entry Closed
  6. 25k

    Run 25km
    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    AUD $60
    Entry Closed
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Course Details

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,
Raceday Logistics

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.

Briefings, 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



The closest international and domestic airports to the Nerang race precinct are Gold Coast – Coolangatta (45 mins) and Brisbane (60 mins). Times are by road.

Airlines with flights direct into the Gold Coast include Air New Zealand (NZL) Air Asia (KL) and Scoot (Singapore).


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.

Now for the fine print.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2018 for the 500 km, Thursday 26th September for the 325 km, Saturday 28th September 2019 for 175 km, 100 km, and the 4 x 25km relay; Sunday, 29th September for the 25-50 km events.

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

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.

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Reviews (2)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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.

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