Fascinating Stats from the Ultra-Trail running event
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?
AROC Sport searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia’s most challenging and prestigious 100km trail running event.
The trails located in the Blue Mountains National Park of Australia was the obvious choice.
Known as The North Face 100 from 2008 to 2015 and as Ultra-Trail Australia 100 from 2016 onwards.
Having 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, 2 treating at any one time.
– 23 Athletes seen between 10am and 8pm.
– ITB + Knee and other musculoskeletal injuries seen earlier in the day.
– Patients with blistering were seen, more so 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 events. For instance, maybe the UTA 50 might be a good place to start if your new to running events.
ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 50
The Ultra-Trail Australia 50 was introduced in 2013. The race has quickly stepped out of the shadow of the 100km event. Therefore, has become an iconic event in its own right. Secondly, as a shorter ultra the UTA50 is a perfect race for runners taking on their first ultra. Thirdly, 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 begun in 2016 and is the perfect intro for new runners wanting to try out trail running. Secondly, to be part of the vibe of the Ultra-Trail Australia party.
The event starts at Queen Victoria Hospital. The run finishes at Scenic World.
The UTA11 was introduced in 2019 and is a stunningly beautiful but physically demanding trail run. However, it is also an excellent intro for new runners wanting to try out trail running.
The event starts at Fairmont Resort. And finishes at Scenic World.
SCENIC WORLD UTA951
The Scenic World UTA951 is an invite only event limited to 30 runners. It is a time trial up the infamous Furber Stairs – However, it finishes in the same spot as the other Ultra-Trail Australia events.
In other words, 951 stairs in 1.2km!!
Therefore, Runners will finish in the 30 minutes prior to the first finishers in the UTA50.