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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

49.1 KM

Elevation Gain

2384 M+

Start Date

Saturday 18th May 2024

Race Start

Scenic World, Katoomba - 06:32

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 18 MAY 2024
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 17:43mins/km
FIRST FINISHER 4 hr 19 min (10:51am)
FINAL FINISHER 14hr 30min (10:32pm)
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 those infamous 951 steps and the finish line back at Scenic World!

*Maps subject to change. 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. 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

SPECTATORS

We encourage spectators to get out on course and support their runners!

Spectators can see runners at many points along the Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB courses. We ask that you please respect private landowners and do not cross any private property. If spectating on course, please respect runners and support crews and do your best to spectate in a supportive, safe manner. Any on course spectating (including at checkpoints) can only be moral support – no material or physical supporting is allowed for the UTA50.

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

SPECTATORS