Are you ready for this? “The Jungle Supersession is on Saturday the 7th March 2020.
14km to 25km trailrunning session!
Meet 6:30am – All runs start by 7am
Arrive at Awaba MTB Park 6:30am Saturday. Its approximately 3km from the start of Mt. Faulk Road Cooranbong. Park just off the bitumen Road (Not in the MTB Carpark) location here
It will be a 7am run start from one of these three locations, hence why we are asking you to arrive by 6:30am so that we can split the group into one of the following three location starts. (Note we will seek your assistance to carpool to your nominated run start location.
A Start (the quicker more experienced runners). Will start at the Meeting spot near the entrance to the MTB Park. we will run up Mt Faulk road and turn right towards Heaton lookout, doing a loop through the Jungle and returning to the car.
Here is the Strava segment with a GPX file that the A and B groups can download and use
B Start (experienced runners). Will start at thew entrance to Monkey Face Lookout. This is approximately 3km drive up Mt Faulk Road from the meeting spot and will give you a return route of 19km. (Just use the same GPX file as the A Start)
C Start (shortest option). Will start at Heaton lookout and head through the jungle returning via fire Trail. You will need to drive to this start spot from the initial meeting spot – Approx 8km.
Here is the Strava segment with a GPX file that the A and B groups can download and use
Please be advised that the Jungle section is a challenging section and many will be forced to walk through this section, its wet and slippery too possible, hence why we require all runners to carry the mandatory gear.
Tailwind Nutrition will be available at the start/finish.
Gear – All runners MUST have the items highlighted in RED
|100-Weight (Minimum) Long Sleeve Synthetic Fleece Top||100-weight fleece is equivalent to 214gsm Polartec Fleece. Must not be made of wool as you will mostly need this item if it is wet and just above zero. If it were guaranteed to be dry weather for the race, a woollen fleece would actually be preferable. The fibres of a synthetic fleece will not absorb water whereas the fibres of a woollen fleece will hold water and make you feel colder and clammier. Also once a woollen fleece is wet, it will never dry out for the rest of the race. Refer to ‘Sample 100 weight fleece’ link for a suitable example.|
|Beanie, Balaclava or Head Sock (Buff)||Beanie, Balaclava or Head Sock (Buff)|
|Compass||Used only in the very unlikely event that you get lost. While we recommend a good quality compass such as the Silva Field 7, you can bring any compass as long as the magnetic needle will settle quickly and will point to magnetic North. A waterproof GPS enabled watch with compass function is allowed to be used as your compass as long as you can calibrate it, know how to use it and the battery will last for the full duration of your race. A smartphone compass is not acceptable as most smartphones are not waterproof and the batteries may be needed for making emergency calls.|
|Compression Bandage (Minimum Dimensions 7.5cm Wide x 2.3m Long Unstretched).||The wrapping should list ‘heavy weight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’ or ‘heavy weight elastic support bandage’. This item is used for the treatment of sprains or snake bite. Generally the pink coloured bandages are suitable and the white bandages not. There will be compression bandages available for purchase at Race Check-In (mostly as a service for international runners). Refer to ‘Suitable Bandages’ link for images.|
|Course Map & Course Descriptions||PROVIDED BY ORGANISERS IN YOUR RACE PACK. You must protect these from getting wet using your waterproof map case. The course map is A3 and in colour (double-sided for UTA100, single-sided for UTA50)|
|Emergency Space Blanket (or Light Bivvy Sack Equivalent)||Emergency Space Blanket (or Light Bivvy Sack Equivalent)|
|Food Bars / Portions||You need to start each leg with 2 food portions and can eat these during the leg.|
|Full-Fingered Lightweight Thermal Gloves (Polypropylene, Wool)||Full-Fingered Lightweight Thermal Gloves (Polypropylene or Wool)|
|Headlamp||Test your headlamp on bush tracks at night prior to the event to make sure it provides enough light to both see the track and the course markings. Make sure batteries are new or fully charged and you have enough battery capacity / spare batteries. Note that waistlamps are not permitted as they will obscure your race number.|
|High-Visibility Safety Vest that complies with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4602:1999 – D/N Class for Day and Night Time Wear||It must be made of a combination of retroreflective and fluorescent materials. This is not a running vest but a workwear vest. The vest must have either AS/NZS 4602:1999 or AS/NZS 4602:2010 or AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 as well as Class “D/N” on the tag. The vest must be clearly visible from both the front and back, even when wearing your backpack so you must have an oversized vest that covers your whole torso AND your backpack (your race number must still be visible on your front and over the top of your vest). Vests can be purchased at hardware stores, workwear stores, the UTA shop or Race Check-In. Refer to ‘Suitable Vest’ link for images. UTA100 runners must carry the vest at ALL times whether they need to wear it or not. For UTA50 the vest is dependent upon a weather ruling from event organisers. For specific details of when you are required to wear your vest, refer to the Competitor Briefing document which is available one month prior to the event.|
|Lightweight Dry Sack||This is to keep the compulsory clothing dry (multiple NEW Ziplock plastic bags work well for compressing your clothing and being able to see the item through the plastic; useful for random gear checks). Sea to Summit Ultrasil dry sacks are also a good option (refer to the ‘Ultrasil Dry Sack’ link)|
|Long Leg Thermal Pants (polypropylene, wool)||Cotton, Coolmax and lycra garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments may still be used in the race but they are in addition to your mandatory thermal pants and do not replace it. Refer to ‘Thermal Garment Requirements’ link for more information.|
|Long Leg Waterproof Pants||Must be waterproof but does NOT require the same specs as the waterproof jacket, i.e. does not need taped seams, does not need to be breathable but does need to be durable.|
|Long Sleeve Thermal Top (polypropylene, wool)||Cotton, Coolmax and lycra garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable. Compression garments may still be used in the race but they are in addition to your mandatory thermal top and do not replace it. Refer to ‘Thermal Garment Requirements’ link for more information.|
|Mobile Phone in Working Order with Fully Charged Battery and working SIM Card||Must have a SIM card that can connect to an Australian Cellular Network (ie mobile phone calls can be made and received while you are in Australia). It is no use if you are relying on WiFi to get an emergency message out or for race organisation to try to contact you if you go missing. There is no WiFi anywhere on course. Also make sure your phone is fully charged and the battery will last for your whole race time.<br /><br />Mobile phone coverage over the course varies from excellent at most escarpment / cliff top locations to non-existent when in deep valleys or when directly below cliffs. Generally you can get reception on hills and ridges across the whole course especially when you have views directly to Katoomba. We strongly recommend you have a Telstra SIM card. If you need to buy a new phone or a pre-paid SIM card or borrow a phone, Telstra is preferable as it works on approximately 90% of the course. Optus works on approximately 50% of the course. Vodafone works on less than 30% of the course. For specific details of phone coverage on the course, refer to the Competitor Briefing document which is available one month prior to the event.|
|Participants Emergency Instructions Card||PROVIDED BY ORGANISERS IN YOUR RACE PACK. The card is A5 on waterproof paper|
|Race Number||PROVIDED BY ORGANISERS IN YOUR RACE PACK. Must be worn on your front, over your belly or chest and be visible at all times over the top of your outermost layer of clothing such as waterproof jacket, high-visibility vest or other garment (safety pins are also provided in your race pack). The race number must NOT be worn on your pants or leg. The race number has a single disposable timing tag already stuck to it’s rear side. Do not fold, bend, cut or pierce the race number as you may damage the timing tag. It must be worn as is, unfolded. A recommended method of securing your race number is to use a race belt which allows you to easily have your number visible over the top of your outermost item of clothing. You will need to provide your own race belt if you choose to do this. Refer to ‘How to wear your race number’ link for images.|
|Small Backup Light||Sufficiently bright to see course markings while walking in case of headlamp failure. Petzl Tikkina is perfect.|
|Timing Tag for Backpack (Bag Tag)||PROVIDED BY ORGANISERS IN YOUR RACE PACK. This is a disposable timing tag which needs to be secured to the back of your running backpack (a cable tie is also provided in your race pack). Due to the bag tag, it is preferable not to swap backpacks during the event but if you plan to do so you will need to have your own side-cutters or scissors to cut the bag tag cable tie off the first backpack and your own spare cable tie / zip tie to attach the bag tag to your second backpack. Refer to ‘How to attach your bag timing tag’ for images.|
|Water Bottles or Bladders, 2 Litre Capacity||Water Bottles or Bladders with a capacity to carry 2 Litres of water|
|Waterproof and Breathable Jacket with Fully Taped (Not Critically Taped) Waterproof Seams and Hood||The breathability must be provided by the material itself and not exclusively by mesh panels. Minimal underarm vents are allowed if the jacket material itself is technical and breathable. Large mesh panels, even if covered by flaps are NOT permitted. A premium jacket would have a waterproof rating of over 15,000mm hydrostatic head and a breathability MVTR rating of 20,000g/m²/25hrs however much lower ratings are completely acceptable. Any non-membrane jacket must still be in very good condition with waterproof coating intact. The jacket must fit you. Plastic rain ponchos, wind jackets, water resistant jackets are NOT suitable.|
|Waterproof Map Case||Or any other way to keep map and course descriptions protected such as map contact|
|Ziplock Bag for Personal Rubbish||Ziplock Bag for Personal Rubbish|
SNAKE/Compression bandages will be available $10 at the meeting point