ULTRA TRAIL AUSTRALIA
18TH mAY 2019
Tim Ghantous headed up the Podiatry medical team for the 2019 Ultra Trail running event.
Joining Tim and Andrew Martin from East Gosford Podiatry were
3 other Podiatrists from around NSW.
What is the ULTRA TRAIL running event AUSTRALIA 100?
The ultratrail website explains it this way…. This is where it all started. AROC Sport searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia’s most challenging, stunning and prestigious 100km trail running event. The breathtaking trails located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park of Australia were the obvious choice. Known as The North Face 100 from 2008 to 2015 and as Ultra-Trail Australia 100 from 2016 onwards. Stunning views, lots of stairs and an elevation gain of 4,400m (4,400m of climb and 4,400m of descent).
A Podiatry station was set up at the 57km mark of the event.
Assessing and treating all Athletes with musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and blistering.
Statistics from the Podiatry Medical Team
– 5 Podiatrists covered the station, with 2 treating at any one time
– 23 Athletes were seen between 10am and 8pm.
– ITB + Knee and other musculoskeletal injuries generally earlier in the day
– Blistering was seen more frequently later in the day/ evening
– Males more than doubled females in requiring treatment 16 to 7.
Are there other distances or just the 100kms?
There are a range of lengths in the Ultra-Trail event. The Ultra-Trail website explains what is what…
ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 50
The Ultra-Trail Australia 50 was introduced in 2013 and has quickly stepped out of the shadow of the 100km event to become an iconic event in its own right. As a shorter ultra, UTA50 is a perfect race for runners taking on their first ultra. This challenging 50km course follows the second half of the 100km route through the Kedumba Valley. 2,400m of elevation gain (2,400m of climb and 2,400m of descent).
The UTA22 was introduced in 2016 and is the perfect introduction for new runners wanting to try out trail running and be part of the incredible vibe of the Ultra-Trail Australia party. The event starts at Queen Victoria Hospital and finishes at the atmospheric Scenic World and provides runners the opportunity to get a taste of the ultra distance courses. 1,200m of elevation gain (1,200m of climb and 1,090m of descent).
The UTA11 was introduced in 2019 and is a stunningly beautiful but technical and physically demanding trail run. It is also an excellent introduction for new runners wanting to try out trail running and be part of the incredible vibe of the Ultra-Trail Australia party. The event starts at Fairmont Resort & finishes at the atmospheric Scenic World and also provides runners the opportunity to get a taste of the ultra distance courses.
CENIC WORLD UTA951
The Scenic World UTA951 is an invitation only event limited to 30 runners. It is a time trial up the infamous Furber Stairs – the finish of the other Ultra-Trail Australia events. 951 stairs in 1.2km! Participants will travel down to the start via the Scenic Railway – the steepest incline railway in the world. The runners will finish in the 30 minutes prior to the first finishers in the UTA50.
The Injinji 1km-4-Kids is an inclusive and fun event engaging families and facilitating community connection. This is where our runners of the future get to shine. The event honours the role of children as a valued part of the festival and allows them to experience trail running for themselves. A participatory race, each kid receives a medal. Hosted just prior to the main presentations, the Injinji 1km-4-Kids also creates an unforgettable atmosphere for the event wrap up. For any age up to 12 years.