Trail running is not trail running without the support crews and spectators that bring the events to life! We encourage spectating and supporting all around each of our courses, but we do have a few notes for you to ensure you're across for race day. If you're a spectator or support crew, have a read below to make sure you're clued up come race day.
FOLLOW THE RACE
Track runners throughout the race on the interactive and predictive live results platform.
ON COURSE VIEWING
We ask that Spectators looking to watch their Runners on course at any time during the race respect road rules and do so in a safe manner. Spectators may cheer on runners but not assist them in any way. See Support Crew section for where assistance is able to be provided.
Your family and friends will be able to join you as soon as you enter the Friday Flat precinct and can accompany you through the finish chute. Family and friends won't be able to join you in the recovery zone. You will be able to meet them for your post-race celebrations after your runner has exited recovery.
SUPPORT CREW ASSISTANCE
Support crew refers to those assisting runners by providing nutrition and hydration support, and with dressing blisters or massage etc.
Runners may only receive support crew assistance at the designated checkpoints, and only for the Kosci100 and KosciMiler. See the individual race pages for more info on which checkpoints you may receive crew support.
Runners in the Kosci50 and Kosci27 may not have support crew support, just spectators.
- The runner is responsible for the actions of their support crew. Support crews must comply with all instructions from event staff, road marshals and officials. The runner may be penalised or disqualified for actions or breaches of the rules by their support crew.
- Support crews must obey all road rules and drive within the speed limits. Please ensure that support crew get sufficient rest and are not tired when driving.
- Support crews must not eat the runner food provided at checkpoints (runners only).
- Outside assistance is only permitted at the designated Checkpoints. Runners must not receive outside assistance at any other points on course. Assistance from event staff is fine.
- Support crews and spectators are not permitted to run with runners or as pace runners, other than those designated pacers as per the pacer rules.
- Support crews are not allowed to enter the event course to collect runners.
- The event organisers are not responsible for the safety or whereabouts of support crew.
We encourage spectators to get out on course and support their runners!
Spectators can see runners at many points along the Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB courses. We ask that you please respect private landowners and do not cross any private property. If spectating on course, please respect runners and support crews and do your best to spectate in a supportive, safe manner. Any on course spectating outside of supported checkpoints can only be moral support – no material or physical supporting is allowed.
There are sections of each course that are both accessible and inaccessible to spectators.
You can jump to some of our favourite spectator locations be clicking on the interactive map icons below.
To see more information on Checkpoint Parking click here.
SPECTATING WITHIN THE NATIONAL PARK
Spectators can view runners up at various points on course. Many points are located within the NSW National Park, and will require a Parks Pass to be able to drive into and access. Any cars driving into the National Park (which the finish line and many of the CPs is inside) will need a NSW Parks Pass (day or annual), which can be purchased at Park Information Centres or at the toll gates while entering the park.
Further details can be found here
FRIDAY FLAT, THREDBO
The start/finish line and event hub is located at Friday Flat, Thredbo. Here you'll find places to eat and drink, recovery, information, and plenty of places to kick back and hang out with your athlete.
There is lots of 24 hour free parking available.
The Charlotte Pass Checkpoint is located in the centre of the Charlotte Pass village, on Charlotte Way. Parking is on surrounding streets, you may need to walk 5-10 mins.
Allow 1 hour for the drive from Thredbo.
GUTHEGA BURNING LOG
Guthega Burning Log is located in the Guthega ski village. Parking is a 10-15 min walk from the checkpoint. Please watch for runners in both directions on your route up to the checkpoint.
Allow 50 mins via Link Road from Charlotte Pass. Note roads are gravel, please take caution.
GUTHEGA POWER STATION
The checkpoint is located in the carpark just before crossing the Snowy River, at the end of Guthega Road. Parking is limited and you may need to walk 5-10 mins from your car.
Allow 30 minutes including walk and drive time from Guthega Burning Log. Note roads are gravel, please take caution.
The checkpoint is located outside and within the chalet. Limited parking is available at the checkpoint, otherwise on the road side. Please watch for runners on the road and drive slowly past them.
Allow 20 mins via Guthega Road from Guthega Power Station or 45 mins from Guthega Burning Log.
The checkpoint is located at the Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. Parking is available at the Kosciuszko Education Centre.
Allow 20 mins for travel from Sponars Chalet. Runners will be on the road along this section, please take caution and pass slowly.
BANJO PATERSON PARK
The checkpoint is located at Banjo Paterson Park, next to the lake and opposite the Banjo Paterson Inn (hint, hint). Parking is available within Jindabyne township nearby.
Allow 20 mins travel time from Sawpit Creek - make sure to include time for a feed and beverage.
Bullocks Flat is home to the start line for the Kosci27 and Kosci50. The start line is located outside of the SkiTube terminal. There is lots of parking around the terminal.
The Bullocks Flat checkpoint is located on the northern side of the carparking space. There is a large amount of parking available.
Allow 20 mins from Thredbo and 25 mins from Jindabyne.
The checkpoint is located at the Ngarigo campground. Support Crews and spectators for the Kosci100 and KosciMiler only are allowed to access this point.
Parking is extremely limited, please carpool if possible.
Allow 15 mins travel time from Bullocks Flat and 10 mins from Thredbo.
DOWNLOAD THE APP
To help ensure you have the best possible UTA experience, please download the latest version of Ultra-Trail Australia app. It has the full event schedule, course maps and other key event information you need ahead of arriving in Katoomba.
Your family & friends will also be able to follow you on race day so make sure they download it too!