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UTA50

Dip your toes into the ultra-distance and encounter awe-inspiring views, epic trails and an amazing community.

Race Category

ws50KM

Running Stones

2

Finals Access

Distance

48.8 KM

Elevation Gain

2222 M+

Start Date

Saturday 17th May 2025

Race Start

Scenic World, Katoomba - 06:30

Max Allowed Race Time

14 Hours 30 Minutes

Price

$350

The perfect race for runners taking on their first ultra or stepping up from shorter distances. A challenging but rewarding course follows the second half of the UTA100 through the beautiful Kedumba Valley.

RACE DETAILS

UTA50 SATURDAY 17 MAY 2025
ENTRY INCLUSIONS Race entry, race pack, finisher medal and buff, finisher certificate, fully stocked checkpoints, drop bag service, on-course medical support and assistance, course photography.
BUSES There will be a free shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World / KCC. Details on the Transport Services page.
MINIMUM AGE 18 years of age on race day
MANDATORY GEAR All runners must carry mandatory gear during the race. Details are on the Mandatory Gear page.
START GROUP SELECTION There are multiple start groups. View the Start Group Selection page to assist you in making an appropriate selection.
TOTAL ALLOWABLE TIME 14hr 30min
CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED 17:55mins/km
FIRST FINISHER 4hr 07min (10:37am)
FINAL FINISHER 14hr 30min (10:15pm)
TIMING RESULTS The following age divisions for both male and female will be used for race results (age as at 31/12/2024 is used to determine your age division): 18-19, 20-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+
AWARDS & PRIZES 5 fastest male and females receive a trophy.
3 fastest male and females receive free entry to the following year’s event.
Trophies will be awarded to 1st in each division.
UTMB Qualifying 2025 ws50KM
The UTA50 is a UTMB World Series 50K Event. Finishers of UTA50 will receive 2 running stones.
COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The UTA50 course traces the second half of the UTA100 course, and does not lack for the beauty or stunning landscapes of its longer counterpart.

You’ll start at Scenic World in Katoomba and be heading along the cliff tops, checking out the breath-taking views of Mt Solitary and the escarpments before you know it.

The spectacular Wentworth Falls is the next highlight after around 25km, before cruising down the epic Kedumba Pass.

The only way is up from there, culminating with the finish line back at Scenic World!

*2024 course above. Maps subject to change, and may change for reason outside of the the Race Organisers control.. Select the Time Charts tabs to view the cut-off times for leaving the relevant checkpoint. If you miss the cut-off then you must follow the directions of officials. Time Charts show estimated fastest and slowest times for each race leg and should be used as a guide only. Please note that in bad weather conditions, cut-offs may need to be brought forward during the event.

KEY INFO FOR UTA50 RUNNERS

All the information you need to know before starting an extraordinary adventure.

CHECKPOINTS

The UTA50 has 3 checkpoints along its route, with differing levels of service and supplies. The UTA50 checkpoints offer you the opportunity to refuel, rehydrate, see your spectators and prepare for the next leg of your journey!
Read more about checkpoints

DROP BAGS

A drop bag service will be available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, lubricant, etc.) available at the finish.
Read the rules on drop bags

MANDATORY GEAR

Every runner at UTA will have to carry mandatory gear. The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the event and in the Blue Mountain’s unpredictable weather systems.
Read Mandatory Gear rules

START GROUPS

To help congestion on the course and ensure an enjoyable and safe race for everyone, we have a tried-and-tested start group process to match-up runners of similar abilities. Find out more about the start group request process, seeding options and start group times.
Learn about Start Group Selection

TRAINING ON COURSE

A large portion of the UTA courses are publically accessible throughout the year, offering the opportunity to train on course prior to raceday. Please take care and give way to members of the general public when training on course. Some sections of the course are on private land, so please read about these before heading out.
Read about Training & Nutrition

SUPPORT CREWS

We love support crews almost as much as our runners at Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB – you are always the most colourful (and loudest!) and a huge part of the magical atmosphere of the whole weekend.

You also have the very important job of getting your runners to the finish line.

First job for support crew is to read the support crew section in the Runner Guide, available one month before the event. It contains important information you will need to know for the event.

To keep the event manageable as well as fair and safe for all athletes, and to make sure support crews do not get lost, there is some information that support crews need to know.

  • Support crews can only assit their runners within the bounds of the Checkpoint.
  • Support crews are only allowed to assist runners at Checkpoints 1 (Fairmont) and 2 (Queen Vic Hospital) (these checkpoints can be accessed with a standard 2-wheel drive)
  • Support crews cannot drive, ride or walk on any section of course to service their runner.
  • Pacers are not allowed for athletes in any distance.
  • Support crews cannot run alongside their runners at any point on the course outside of the aid stations.

For more helpful information please visit the Transport Services page and Spectators page.

SUPPORT CREWS