Global leader in outdoor footwear, apparel and equipment The North Face, will again host one of the toughest most physically challenging endurance trail runs on the Australian outdoor calendar: The North Face 100!
Although set in the picturesque World Heritage Blue Mountains, the unmerciful course in 08 which dealt competitors a gruelling 100km run over varied and unforgiving terrain (with an elevation gain half the height of Mount Everest), is back in 09 goading everyone and anyone who thinks they can withstand a race that saw competitors withdraw from crippling conditions and hypothermia!
Attracting competitors from around the globe in its first season and with four times the number of entrants for a race of this kind, ‘the pinnacle of trail runs’ in Australia is set for 16-17 May 2009. And there’s a whisper that one of the world’s running’s greats might even join us!
The breathtaking Blue Mountains will entice competitors back to where it all began, with minimal course changes. Starting and finishing in Leura the fantastic views will momentarily distract runners from their sometimes agonising efforts, with scenery such as the Jamison, Kedumba and Megalong Valleys. Participants will also be privied to spectacular views over Narrowneck, the famous Three Sisters rock formation, the ominous Golden Staircase, the Leura Forest and scenic Wentworth Falls.
With a cut-off time of 30 hours this event is not for the faint hearted. Runners will line up, putting themselves to the test to see if they’ve got what it takes to complete this strenuous yet beautiful course. Commencing by day with runners battling it out through the night, participants completing it in under 20 hours will claim serious bragging rights, earning a place in The North Face 100 elite club. The question is: are you tough enough!
How many will train towards a sub-20 hours bronze belt buckle or push for a sub-14 hours silver belt buckle? How many will enter with dreams of beating first event winner and self-confessed “obsessive-compulsive runner” Andrew Kromar and his blistering 10 hours and 22 minutes? What female runner will challenge Heather Logie’s 12 hours and 45 minutes, a worthy performance for a 100km first-timer!
For those of us mortals not super-human by nature and not up to the full 100km, The North Face 50 allows runners to halve the distance and relay with another team member who completes the second half of the course. At just over a marathon’s distance, this becomes an achievable goal for runners itching to go off-road and discover the thrill of trail running!
So for that epic adventure putting you a cut above the rest, dare yourself with The North Face 100 or 50, and achieve pure legend status!
Race entry is open online at www.thenorthface.com.au/100
Full course details (map, elevation and more) available
Entry fee: $195 for a solo runner, $150/person for teams of 2 (relay option).