It’s a racing week-end for the Ultra-Trail® World Tour!
We are excited to go back on trails, and this time in Australia! 1,700 runners will take the starting line of the Ultra-Trail Australia™. Following the Tarawera Ultramarathon which took place in February in New Zealand, where local athlete Ruth Croft made trail-running history with her outstanding victory, it is now the turn of the scenic Blue Mountains in New South Wales to host the much-awaited return of the Ultra-Trail Australia™.
The UTA100, which will kick off early on Saturday 15th May from the town of Katoomba, this year welcomes local athletes from Australia and neighbouring New Zealand, and is set to challenge even the most seasoned elites with its 4,460 M+ of elevation gain. Runners will have the chance to run through lush bushland, beautiful escarpments, and epic ridgelines form just some of the natural beauty that the World Heritage site of the Blue Mountains National Park has to offer.
🏃 100 km
⛰ 4460 M+
📍 Katoomba, Australia
Favourites in the men’s race include Sydney-based trail runner Jono O’Loughlin, who has become a stalwart of the event every May for the past 13 years, and who is just one of four runners who has finished every UTA100 since the event began back in 2008. Following a best finish of second place in 2019, O’Loughlin is feeling ready and motivated to hit the start line once again in Katoomba on Saturday.
He will be joined by Newcastle-based runner Vlad Shatrov, who is looking to finish the full race after having to pull out of a previous edition due to an injured ankle.
In the women’s race, two of the top 10 female Australian athletes are set to take the starting line of this year’s UTA100, Amy Lamprecht and Lou Clifton. Amy took home first place in the race in 2019 and will be looking to achieve a similar performance this year round after a break last year, while Lou finished 3rd in 2017 and has not competed since.
“The last year has been tough for so many people and we’re thrilled that we’re in the position to be able to welcome runners back to the Blue Mountains this month for Ultra-Trail Australia. Bush fires, COVID-19 and more recently flooding has made for a tough 18 months for the Blue Mountains, with the influx of runners and their families and friends for Ultra-Trail Australia set to provide a much-needed boost for businesses throughout the region.”
Nick Christopher – Ultra-Trail Australia™ Race Director
Two challenges are still available on the UTWT Virtual Club!
You have until May 20 to complete 10 Km & 700 M+ and try to win a free subscription to the new UTWT TV! Show us your beautiful playground while you challenge yourself and join us in committing to a sustainable future. Share your adventure on social media using #trailwithpurpose and show us that you care too!
Every runner who completes the Trail with purpose challenge will be entered into a special draw to gain a free subscription to the UTWT TV. There will be 10 entries available: 5 for women and 5 for men.
You can also take part to the mozart 100 virtual challenge 2.0. Wherever you want, cover 31km & 1.080 M+ within five trainings to secure your chance to win a free bib for Austria’s most exciting Ultra Trail in 2021 or 2022! You have until May 31 so hurry up!
Discover and enjoy the UTWT TV!
We recently created the UTWT TV, a platform offering you the possibility to enjoy great archives from previous editions.
Subscribe to UTWT TV and enjoy many UTWT episodes and archives unlimited times. The funds raised through the subscriptions to access the UTWT TV will be donated to the Kilian Jornet Foundation.
You can now watch 2017 and 2018 archives, along with 2019 and 2020 episodes!