- Last Updated on 21 December 2012
2013 Yurrebilla 56KM Ultra, Sunday 22nd September
The Yurrebilla Trail is one of Adelaide's treasures. The trail winds its way through a series of National Parks and Conservation Reserves under the Mt Lofty summit, as it makes its way across the western face of the Adelaide Hills. Never more than 12 km from the centre of Adelaide, the trail offers stunning views, amazing gorges, waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers. Commencing at Belair Railway Station in the south, the trail climbs 1865 metres and descends 2060 metres before it reaches its destination at Ambers Gully, Athelstone. Runners are required to run on only a few roads which connect the end of one bush track to the start of another trail.
The Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra is an ideal event for all comers. It is not only for those people who want to race hard, it is also a great event for people who are new to ultramarathons and want to see if they have what it takes. The focus of the event is on supporting runners of all abilities to complete the 56km trail with ten support stops along the route. The closeness of the trail to services by way of access roads and fire tracks also guarantees runner safety, without lessening in any way the experience of a unique bush trail.
2012 sees the sixth running of the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra. What began as a one off casual group run involving 23 runners in November, 2007 has now become a premier event on the National Trail Run/Ultra Calendar attracting interstate and international runners. Where else in the world can you run such a beautiful bush trail so close to a major city?
Each year the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra has continued to grow. In 2008, 42 starters set off in three groups from Belair, with 39 finishers. 2009 saw the event run for the first time as an official race with 109 starters and 102 finishers. In 2010 there were 122 finishers and in 2011, 160 finishers.
With a record field expected of over 300 participants in 2012, it is clear that the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra is now one of the biggest ultra trail events in the country, attracting attention not only from around the nation but internationally as well. This status is confirmed with the event being recognized in 2012 for the first time as a Bronze Label event by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU)
2012 also sees for the first time the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra welcoming Grant Guise as Race Ambassador. Grant, a NZ trail runner and one of the world’s leading trail runners, will arrive in Adelaide fresh from winning the punishing 125K The North Face Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta.
Entrants to the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra must choose to one of three starting times based on their expected completion time: Group C (9 .5 - 11.0 hours) at 6.30am, Group B (7.5 - 9.5 hours) at 07.30 amand Group A (7.5 hours and under) at 8.30am. One of the great advantages of this staggered start is that every runner gets to see every other runner in the field, with the slower runners cheering the faster runners as they run by.
Unlike other events with strict entry criteria, the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra leaves it up to runners to know if they are ready. Runners will need to be able to complete the trail by 5.30pm (within 11 hours) to ensure that they finish in daylight. Runners need to have left the final support stop (50kms) by 4.15pm to ensure they complete the final 6 kms by 5.30pm.
A particular invitation is extended to interstate and overseas runners. Why not fly into Adelaide in time for the pasta party on the Friday night, see the sights of Adelaide on the Saturday as you rest for the run, enjoy the post-run meal at Athelstone Football Club on the Sunday night, and fly home early Monday morning in time for work! Getting to the start or finish from your city hotel is only a 25 minute drive! Or stay in one of the caravan parks located only 5 or 10 minutes from the start. And if you have more time to spare, combine the run with an extended stay and enjoy the best that South Australia has to offer with day tours to the McLaren Vale, Barossa and Clare Valleys; Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Pensinsula or even Kangaroo Island.
Keep up to date by following the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra Facebook Page
ESSENTIAL 2012 EVENT INFORMATION
ENTRIES for 2012 have closed. There are no entries on Race Day.
2012 YURREBILLA 56KM ULTRA MERCHANDISE
Click on the links below to see the singlet and t-shirt.
You can still place an order by calling the SARRC Office between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday on (08) 8363 7377.
ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES IN 2012
Coffee/Brunch – Saturday 22nd September 10.00am – noon
The Perfect Cup, 21-39 Melbourne St, North Adelaide
Short stroll from town to a favourite SARRC coffee haunt!
Pick up your race numbers / clothing orders
Ask questions and meet other runners.
Pay for your own coffees/ meals…
Evening Meal at Raggies Bistro - Sunday 23rd September (from 6pm - All welcome) - For Yurrebilla Participants/Volunteers
Athelstone Football Club, 148 George St (08 336 2622) - from 5.00pm - All the pasta you can eat, coffee/tea, salads.
THE YURREBILLA TRAIL 56km ULTRA HALL OF FAME
Check out some of the great images submitted by people wearing their Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra shirts in all parts of the world!
YURREBILLA TRAINING RUNS IN 2013
Each year, sections of the Yurrebilla Trail are run as part of the monthly trail run series. These runs are designed to encourage and familarize runners who are considering running the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra for the first time but are also available for others familiar with the trail who want to build up their fitness.
Details about of the Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra Training runs are available below:
Run #1: Belair Railway Station to Kavel's Lookout 16.5km, Sunday 23 June 2013
Run #2: Kavels' Lookout to Norton Summit 17.5km, Sunday 4th August 2013
Run #3: Norton Summit to Ambers Gully 22km, Sunday 1st September 2013
YURREBILLA 56KM ULTRA RESULTS AND PHOTOS
VIDEOS & BLOGS
A slide show made in 2007 can be found here.
MAPS AND TRAIL NOTES
THANKS TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR THE GREAT YURREBILLA IMAGES!
Image 1: Waterfall - Sputnik; Image 2: Cleland Trail - Sputnik; Image 3 Morialta Falls - Rachel Lobban; Image 4 Belair Trail - Greg Jenkins ; Image 5 Merchandise - Sadie Cranston; Image 6 Yurrebilla Dinner - Michael Slagter; Image 7 Yurrebilla Training Run - Terry Cleary; Image 8 Yurrebilla Newbies - Carl Jarrett; Image 9 Green Trail - Nina Zeidan; Image 10 Morialta Barns Trail - Jen Greeneklee.
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