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Preparing for a trail run or ultra is a big deal! Make sure you're ready to take on the challenge.


Much of the event course is through remote areas which likely provides a very different experience to going on a trail run near your home. For your own safety, when training on the event course, you need to be aware that you could be in great danger if you got lost, especially in difficult weather conditions. You can easily end up a very long way off the course route in areas with no phone reception. You should only train on course if:

  • You know how to navigate with a map and compass.
  • You are fully prepared with navigation tools like the course maps, course descriptions and a compass. You also need to know how to use these and pay attention to these things as you travel the course route. You may also choose to use the GPX file downloaded onto your GPS watch.
  • You are carrying safety equipment similar to that from the race mandatory gear list, plus enough food and water.
  • There are no weather warnings (storms, big rainfall events, high winds) or total fire bans in place at the time of your run.
  • You have told someone your plans including your intended route and expected return time.

For updates on track closures, check the local alerts/track closures section of the Snowy Mountains National Parks website.


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