Teams of up to 5 people to run 5 legs, each ranging between 11km and 20km . Fill your car up with 4 of your mates to share the saga, running and driving together around the mountain. This will be a team bonding adventure session you’ll all remember for years to come! Each leg is unique, with different challenges to suit people’s different appetites for adventure.
Check out the maps, 3D fly through video, and the course description and stats for each leg below. *Limit of 200 teams.
Registration fee - $485 per team of up to 5, plus booking fees - click here for full list of inclusions
|Leg No.||Name||Leg Distance||Cumulitave||Ascent||Descent|
|1||runHub (Wellesley Park) to Pinnacle||12.7km||12.7km||1,360||220|
|2||Pinnacle to Myrtle Forest||12.0km||24.7km||320||1,040|
|3||Myrtle Forest to Mountain River||12.4km||37.2km||560||910|
|4||Mountain River to Cathedral||11.1km||48.3km||920||845|
|5||Cathedral to runHub (Wellesley Park)||20.2km||68.5km||790||935|
Leg 1: Map
runHub to Pinnacle | 12.7km | 1,360m ↑ | 220m ↓ | Pinnacle cut off time: 10am
Straight out of the runHub, past Cascade Brewery on the paddocks, a bit of tarmac, then you enter the silver peppermint forests and fire trails of kunanyi’s foothills. Turn onto the single trail and immerse in the ferns and waterfalls, climbing up Myrtle Gully Track. Passing Junction Cabin, the sunlight returns and the climb continues through the big eucalypts and past Crocodile Rock. Open dolerite boulder fields can test agility but don’t miss the views! Merge with Old Hobartians track and keep climbing through sub alpine scrub to the Chalet. Cross the road (under direction of the course marshals) and onto the flowing and relatively flat and well built Organ Pipes Track. Don't miss the epic views of Hobart and beyond and the organ pipes above. Time to climb again up the almost fully stone pitched Zig Zag track, up through alpine scrub and onto the kunanyi pinnacle plateau, the alpine heath and the regularly howling wind! Most seasoned Hobart trail runners don jackets and beanies up on the last Z turn, before rounding out. Jump into the aid station, hand over your race number to your leg 2 runner and you’re done!
With by far the most climbing of all the legs, this one is for those that like the vert a little more than most! Lucky the best kept secret of trail running is that you don’t actually run uphill much, as power hiking is often faster and much more energy efficient. Check this article out for technique
Leg 2: Map
Pinnacle to Myrtle Forest | 12.0km | 320m ↑ | 1,040m ↓ | Myrtle Forest cut off time: 1pm
Off The Pinnacle and straight down Pinnacle Road for a couple of kilometres before heading off down Big Bend Fire Trail and over the back of the mountain, with views of the Collins Peak and the side of Sleeping Beauty. Turn on to the technical single track over Mt Connection through alpine marsh, snow gums, and the famous Tassie waratah. A short rock slab slide and flowing tight single trail brings you out on to East West Fire Trail and the climb up on to the shoulder of Collins Bonnet, before dropping down on the single track through old growth eucalypts and rainforest. Then it's down through a couple of creek crossings, and more waterfalls and ferns to the Myrtle Forest Aid Station.
If you like the alpine vegetation, epic views, a bit of exposure, and enjoy technical single track and a some descending - then this leg is for you.
Leg 3: Map
Myrtle Forest to Mountain River | 12.4km | 560m ↑ | 910m ↓ | Mountain River cut off time: 3.40pm
After a kilometre of flat to warm up, climb straight back up on single track through the rainforest, massive old growth eucalypts and waterfalls. Then it's back up to the snow gums and alpine scrub to climb Collins Fire Trail and the undulating East West Fire Trail, curving across Sleeping Beauty’s neck. Then the epic views down the Huon Valley and out to Bruny Island emerge, and you drop down the biggest descent of the run on Mountain River Trail – an old and rocky fire trail. Down, down, down it goes on the southern side of kunanyi; back through similar vegetation types except there aren't any old growth trees on this side – you may even see the stumps of the old giants and an old saw pit site of two. You’ll know your quads a little better after the 900 metre (straight down) descent, which pops you out on the gravel Mountain River road for a few kilometres, through the farming valley of Mountain River and to the aid station, located on a generous farmer's property.
This leg is for the downhill frothers! The diversity of landscapes, views, mountain and valley mean that those who run this leg will connect deeper with the mountain, its history and culture. It's a must-do leg for everyone once they get the downhill quads sorted!
Leg 4: Map
Mountain River to Cathedral | 11.1km | 920m ↑ | 845m ↓ | Cathedral cut off time: 7pm
Traversing farm land ridges on the foothills of Montagu Thumbs, sing to the cows and admire Sleeping Beauty to the north from whence Leg 3 came. At the Wellington Park boundary, it's time to climb the steep Old Montagu Trail through dry - then wet eucalypts - rainforest, and back up into the alpine scrub and snow gums. The trail is no longer passable to vehicles with some great scree and erosion gullies, but ATVs still make it up to Norris Hut! You’ll enjoy our track maintenance work (thanks to all the volunteers!) for the next while – the dense low beura bush was ‘fun’ to bash through just a couple of months ago. Then it's on to one of the most spectacular sections of the entire route, the single track of Montagu Thumbs traverse – a real skyrunning experience of sharp and exposed ridge line, with 360 degree views down the Huon, Channel, Bruny, South Arm, Kingston, the southern slopes of kunanyi with the NW Bay River below. Wellington Falls is also just out of view but you can see where it is by reading the terrain, and a little look back to Mt Montagu. The traverse is technical, scrambly, with a heap of short sharp ups and downs. It's also a little exposed to heights in parts. The traverse ends on top of Cathedral Rock, and then comes off the ridge line and bombs down the hill, on a steep single track then old fire trail - zig zagging all the way down to NW Bay River and the aid station on a wood carver's property.
This leg is for the more adventurous trail runner, who really likes scrambling around mountains and feeling the air space on both sides drop away. With equal parts of both solid climbs and descents, this is for the mountain goat.
Leg 5: Map
Cathedral to Fern Tree to runHub | 20.2km | 790m ↑ | 935m ↓ | Fern Tree cut off time: 9:45pm
Heading back up the Cathedral Rock track for a couple of kilometres, high-fiving the crew on the way down, you cross the NW Bay river bed and head up a short(ish…) steep climb. It's up a fire trail, dubbed Siphon’s ugly cousin, and it to connects to the Pipeline Track. Stride out the next 7km on this comparatively flat and smooth track (just watch the occasional root!) to Fern Tree Bower, then it's uphill through a ferny gully with an old water supply race (that's a water channel) to Silver Falls. Continue up the steep and technical Reids track to Radfords, then traverse downhill onto the classic Fern Glade track down to Fern Tree and the mid leg aid station at the Tavern.
Continuing down the Pipeline Track past a couple of century old stone arches supporting the water pipeline, you’ll turn in at Halls saddle. Past an old quarry, and zigzagging up (check out the view of the organ pipes!), then down fire trails through silver peppermint forest around Chimney Pot hill and up and over ridgetop trail to a brief view of Ridgeway dam. Bomb down another fire trail, past some water supply tanks and into Waterworks Reserve and take the single track around the dam that supplies drinking water to Hobart. Zig then zag gently up the last hill to Huon Rd, then bomb down rough steep tracks to Cascade paddocks, the home straight, and the finish line and runHub! Enjoy the recovery area with hearty food and drinks available for purchase. It's planned to be licenced and will feature some classic Tasmanian beverages.
While this leg is the longest at 20km, it is considered to be equally achievable as the other legs due to the lovely stride out on Pipeline Track. This leg will suit the speedy runners out there.
Each leg is a challenge and an epic achievement in it’s own right!
Schedule: Ultra Relay
Friday, 8th April 2022:
- runHub open from 4pm – Welcome to Country, ultra registrations and briefing, gear check, food and beverage
Saturday, 9th April 2022:
- runHub open from 5am, activities from 10am
- 7am start – 68km Ultra Relay
- Midnight - all runners in and runHub closed
Sunday, 10th April 2022:
- runHub open from 8am
- 2pm – presentations and after party celebrations
3D Fly through
Qualifying: No race qualifying needed. Minimum 16yrs age (with parent/guardian consent) unless by exception; contact race director.
Each relay team should have one team vehicle for you to drive yourselves between each aid station to pick up the previous leg runner and drop off the next leg runner. You will receive a designated team car pass to gain access to event vehicle only locations, like The Pinnacle.
Don’t worry about the team car being late or stress over driving! The team time stops once the previous leg runner is over the timing mat and into the aid station. The timer starts again when the next leg runner leaves the aid station, so there is no issue if driving takes longer than running! Your team’s run clock stopping doesn’t have any impact on cut off times however.
|Aid station||Distance||Drop bags||Additional support crew access||Cut off times|
|Fern Tree (mid leg 5)||60.0km||No||Yes||9.45pm|
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